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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Saturn Ion engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

May 202007

(reported on)

Ion Quadcoupe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


Saturn was of NO HELP. They did not accept responsibility. Customer service stated, and I quote: "Sometimes plant workers have a bad day. That's why you should by an extended warranty." Sales clerk stated, "We got rid of those engines, you should get a newer Saturn."

- , San Diego, CA, USA

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