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Power Steering Failure

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

CarComplaints.com Notes: The Saturn Ion was a compact bundle of hurt wrapped up in a cheap, plastic shell. With so many defective components and a safety rating that a bicycle would be ashamed of, it’s a blessing this car only lasted five model years.

The 2003 (and 2004) Ion was cursed with GM’s flawed attempt at a continuously variable transmission, known as the VTi. It had such a high failure rate that a class-action lawsuit was filed against GM, eventually prompting a settlement and a warranty extension. GM discontinued the VTi for the 2005 model year – surprise, surprise.

The 2003 Ion was also part of one of the largest and most controversial recalls of all-time. A defective ignition switch in millions of GM vehicles could accidentally turn the car off and disable important safety components like the power steering and airbags. The problem resulted in at least 13 deaths, but what made it worse was that GM knew about the issue for 10 years before doing anything about it.

So was the transmission warranty extended? Yeah. Was the ignition switch recalled? Eventually. Is this car safe to drive? Not really. Honestly, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$300.00
Average Mileage:
115,631 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace power steering motor (1 reports)
  3. replace rack and pinion (1 reports)
2003 Saturn Ion steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 202015

Ion 3 2.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 177,712 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I'm really f*cking lucky on this one.

Driving home from work the steering began to clunk and click allot worse than it did before (It always had a little click and a moan when steering hard) just before leaving there was a loud pop and I lost half of my steering when turning to the right, But I kept driving...

I actually made it home, But as I pulled into the driveway the steering completely failed and there was no control of the vehicle whatsoever. I just think I'm so damn lucky it didn't fail while going 90kmh down the highway on a turn.

Bought a remanufactured rack and pinion assembly from benson's auto parts for $300 (There was a small core charge)

Looks like the bearing on the pinion gear shaft fails and the balls drop down into rack, causing it to jam up or even force the pinion away from the rack, making you loose control.

- , Mindemoya, Ontario, canada

problem #2

Nov 192014

Ion 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,182 miles

This is about the IGNITION, when the car is turned on " THE KEY " can be " REMOVED, while RUNNING " !! AND, very easly , WITH A WHOLE LOT of PLAY, the "KEY" just slides " in and out " of the IGNITION SWITCH !!! AND, if I AM NOT MISTAKEN, there has Already Been a RECALL on " THIS ISSUE".! I just don't know if the previous owner already tried to have the problem resolved or not but i will to looking to the matter, ASAP ! !!!!!!......... Will I FALL VICTIM, to the MANY LIVES ALREADY TAKEN ??? "" My Prayers Do Go Out To All The Families whom Have SUFFERED A LOSS" "........... And the reason I haven't included " ANY PHOTOS " with My Complaints is, because I DON'T KNOW HOW TOO !!!' ..............BUT, I do have a friend that I will have her show me how and UPDATE at a LATER TIME>>>>>>> THANK YOU

j. j. california

- , antioch, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 242012

Ion L1

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

CHECKED WITH GM TO SEE IF THERE WAS A RECALL. TOLD THERE WAS NOT. SATURN NO LONGER EXISTED WHEN STEERING PROBLEM OCCURRED. HAD TO PAY OUT OF MY POCKET WITH NO HELP FROM GM.

- , District Heights, MD, USA

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