2005 Saturn Ion
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Ion still had power steering issues and a defective ignition switch leftover from previous model years, but hey – at least Saturn improved some of its safety rating to marginal, right? Baby steps.
If you had to buy a Saturn Ion – and I would question why anyone would even consider it – I suppose the 2005 could be considered the best of a bad bunch? I mean, GM did finally get rid of that awful VTi transmission, and both the power steering problems and ignition switch defect that plagued owners were recalled. The problem is they waited 10 years to recall the ignition and let over 30,000 warranty claims get filed before they bothered to fix the power steering. So you kind of have to wonder, is GM making these fixes to keep owners safe or just to keep government lawyers from taking all their money? You be the judge.
Worst 2005 Ion Problems by Category
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- interior accessories problems15NHTSA complaints: 6
- electrical problems4NHTSA complaints: 209
- windows / windshield problems4NHTSA complaints: 5
- engine problems2NHTSA complaints: 44
- AC / heater problems1
- body / paint problems1NHTSA complaints: 11
- cooling system problems1
- seat belts / air bags problems1NHTSA complaints: 35
- steering problems1NHTSA complaints: 247
- transmission problems1NHTSA complaints: 13
- wheels / hubs problems1NHTSA complaints: 4
- lights problemsNHTSA: 22
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 14
- brakes problemsNHTSA: 14
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 13
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 13
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 6
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 3
- clutch problemsNHTSA: 2
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