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.


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Average Mileage:
130,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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2004 Saturn Ion fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 132016

Ion 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


driving down the highway and i kept picking up speed. i tried to slow down but it wouldnt until i put it in neutral then the motor was so loud and it would not stop. I almost hit some one stopped at the light in front of me I threw the car in park real quick to stop it. this is the second time it has done this and it cost me almost 1000 dollars to get it fixed .Iwill never drive it again because the next I might injure or kill some one

- , Auburn, IN, USA

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