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NHTSA — Power Train: Clutch Assembly: Pedal/Linkage Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt 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:
32,062 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

May 152007


  • Manual transmission
  • 32,062 miles


The failure was to the arm that held the clutch pedal in place on the 2004 Saturn Ion redline. The part broke and the clutch was completely inoperable, as such the car was rendered inoperable. 5 minutes earlier I was on a major highway doing 60 mph at which speed I could have lost all control of the car and caused a major accident in which lives may have been lost. The deal offered to replace the plastic arm with another plastic arm. The part that replaced mine had a different part number than on the original car, I was not sure if this was just a new part number or if the part had been replaced due to previous incidents. If there was any history on this part I was not able to gain the information from the dealer, who was very unwilling to comply. The damaged part was not returned to me because they claimed they had to return all parts covered under warranty to the manufacturer.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

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