Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,024 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Saturn Ion brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 242004


  • 62,000 miles


There would be extended stopping distance and the brake pedal would go to the floor. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47 miles
Vehicle is experiencing problems with the brakes. While driving, the brakes would make a clicking noise and when applying the brake there was a pulsing which would make it hard to keep the vehicle in line. The brakes were useless. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer but they were unable to diagnose the problem. Provide further details.

- Pine Hill, NJ, USA

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