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NHTSA — Structure: Body: Hatchback/Liftgate: Support Device Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Ahh, the 2004 Saturn Ion: defective transmission, deadly ignition switch, temperamental power steering and a cheap plastic exterior that won’t protect you in a crash. What more could you want?

The 2004 Ion was part of GM’s massive ignition switch recall where it was revealed they waited 10 years – and let 13 people die – before doing anything about it. It also features GM’s now infamous VTi continuously variable transmission. Let me tell you, the only thing the VTi did continuously was fail on its owners. GM scrapped it after only two model years.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

May 152010

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Saturn ion3. The contact stated that she was standing at the rear of the vehicle and reaching for an object in the trunk when the rear liftgate came down abruptly on her head and shoulders. The contact sustained minor injuries from the liftgate and it would not remain up in the open position without holding onto the liftgate manually. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer for inspection of repairs. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 60,300. Updated 12/23/10 updated 01/04/11

- Greer, SC, USA

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