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NHTSA — Electrical System: Fuses And Circuit Breakers 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,000 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 272005

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


I have taken my Saturn ion3 in to the dealership three times now for the body control module keeps blowing fuses. The first time was the week after christmas 2005, the second was exactly a month later and the third time was O week after that. On the first visit they say that they replaced the (BCM), on the second visit they just replaced the fuse and sent me on my way and the third visit they said that they could not re-create the problem and told me to pick up my car after a week. I picked my car up on Thursday evening and not 3 days later and the fuse is blown again. Their only answer was to give me a couple extra fuses in the panel area so that I could change them myself.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

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