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Airbag Did Not Go Off In Accident 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
40,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Saturn Ion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 252008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Just curious as to why I was hit from behind in 2 separate wrecks and neither time did the airbag go off?. When recall for ignition came up, I called GM and mentioned the airbag and never did they say anything. The girl on the phone said "oh, OK, I'll look into it". Never heard back. So now after ignition recall, it screwed the key up so now there is a second recall to fix the key so it won't get stuck in the ignition! ..

GM needs to get their business together. I will never buy another car made from them.

- , Glassport, PA, USA

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