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2005 Saturn Ion electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2005 Saturn Ion (Page 1 of 8)

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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,648 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #153

May 152014

Ion

  • 200,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated upon turning the key in the ignition and an abnormal noise was present. The contact had to turn the vehicle off and reset the computer by restarting the vehicle each time the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a manufacturer recall and they repaired the vehicle for the ignition switch failure. The contact also noticed strong fumes emitting from outside and inside the vehicle and it idled roughly. The dealer did not diagnose the fuel system failure. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) months ago and was unable to determine when the recall repair would be performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #152

Dec 152010

Ion

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start during cold temperatures. After several attempts, the contact was able to start the vehicle. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing, but was not able to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Cleveland, TX, USA

problem #151

May 252014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to the customer reimbursement request form. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #150

Sep 172014

Ion

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key failed to release from the ignition causing the battery to run out. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the shift gear assembly needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #149

Feb 172015

Ion

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the power steering failed to operate once the vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V171000 (electrical system) and 14V153000 (steering); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Bennettsville , SC, USA

problem #148

Dec 082014

Ion

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The vehicle was repaired under special policy 10187 at the dealer. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle completely shut off and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the electronic power steering control module failed, the vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Updated 4/13/15

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #147

Jan 272015

Ion

  • 124,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure occurred on three occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. The VIN was not available.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #146

Jan 252015

Ion

  • miles
My car's battery keeps dying on me. It will do so if I'm driving or if it is park and sits. The battery drains. I have driven the car, the battery light will come on and then no power (very scary when driving!!). the car has been park and completely dies and I will need a hot shot. I had the car towed in to the GM dealership in owings mills, md and they told me that the cause is because of the notice of the vehicle transmission shifter needs to be replaced. I am still waiting for this to be fixed. The car is at the dealership and I had to call them so that they could tell me that the part isn't available anywhere and I have to wait. They wanted me to pick up the car and drive it off the lot and this car isn't saved to drive (reason why I had it towed there). I requested a loaner vehicle while the part comes in on 1/29/15 and I'm waiting to here back from the manager but have not received a loaner car.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #145

Jan 012014

Ion

  • 121,506 miles
This is not the first problem I have had with this vehicle nor was it the last. Just one that I have documented. The vehicle completely would not start and I had to have it towed to epperly tire and auto. The day before the car shut off while I was at a red light and it took cranking multiple times before I could get it to start again. I was told by epperly that this was because I needed a new starter and the wiring in my vehicle needed to be replaced. I got all needed repairs. This did not fix the issue, the vehicle is still shutting off while I am driving.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #144

Dec 012014

Ion

  • miles
2005 Saturn Ion consumer is complaining that the dealer has not received the part to fix car per recall

- Hoquiam, WA, USA

problem #143

Nov 152013

Ion

  • 168,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My car has been driving fine and one day the security light and a few other warning lights went on as well as "trac off" came up on the screen. My gas gauge also went down to zero (even though I had a full tank.) the car still ran fine and no codes came up so I was told to replace the alternator. I replaced the alternator and now my car will start but I have to wait 5 minutes before it will let me put it in gear. Everything turns off and warning lights come on as the car "warms up?" after 5 minutes it will let me put it in gear but warning lights ABS, brake, and airbag will still be on. If I restart the car then, the lights go off. I have no idea what is going on!

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #142

Jun 162014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Vehicle was delivered to local car dealership for GM factory warranty recalls. The car was being driven by two service technicians when the vehicle ignited in the trunk and rear seat area. The fire department determined that the cause of the fire were the rear break lines that had sagged onto the exhaust system. Service technicians were unaware of the work to be done on the vehicle. The vehicle was supposed to receive NHTSA recalls 14V047, 14V171, and 14V153. None of the recalls were furnished while in the possession of the car dealership and could possibly have contributed to the fire.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #141

Jun 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The part was not available to complete the recall. Also, the consumer was involved in an accident, and the air bag did not deploy.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #140

Jun 012012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Started with the ignition switch, in the winter time the car wouldn't start when it was too cold. The security system icon would come on an I would have to wait for about 10 to 15 minutes so the car could start again. This went on for few years during winter time. No recalls back then. Then the power steering light started coming on, the steering wheel would lock making it very hard to turn or maneuver. Happened on highway or regular streets. Brought the car in to dealer on July 2013 and they replaced the power steering motor per their "special policy". the car got worst instead of better since then. The power steering light would come on an now the whole electrical system keep going crazy. The monitor would blink and show power steering words, the side lights would come on an blinked by itself. The dealer said we would have to replace the steering column which would cost me around $1000 to replace. I couldn't afford that and there were no recalls back then. Also the car would start to shake when I would press on the gas pedal an go from 10 to 20 to 30 miles. The monitor gauges would move by itself while driving. There was also a sound coming from the gear box as if the car was changing gears by itself. Brought to a private mechanic which didn't charge me to diagnose and he said beside power steering the cars computer may need to be replaced. That would cost me another $1000. I decided to stop driving the car altogether afraid I would get into an accident and could afford to pay for more repairs. A year later brought in the car to dealer to have the ignition switch be replaced with the recall and told them about the power steering problems had continued. They said there was no recall on my car for that. They said if I wanted they would charge me $119 or so to diagnose the car and any repairs I would have to pay out of pocket. Still safety issues they choose to ignore!!

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #139

Aug 222014

Ion

  • 88,000 miles
My car wouldn't start due to a related ignition switch issue that is also part of a general GM recall. The next day we went to give the car a jump start. It started up, but immediately I noticed the power steering was out making it very difficult to drive, especially at slower speeds!!!

- Maitland, FL, USA

problem #138

Apr 152007

Ion

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated the key became lodged in the ignition switch after the vehicle was turned off. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #137

Dec 242013

Ion

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #136

Aug 072014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
My car loses power and the battery light comes on and the car stops. The radio and lights stay on. I must restart the car. It does this randomly. Reading is P0300 so anyone that is having this problem it may be a bad ignition module. The ignition switch was replaced on July 14, 2014 and made this problem worse.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #135

Jul 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
Copy of email letter to Ms. Barra (General Motors) regarding frustration of being a Saturn owner. 2005 Saturn Ion. The consumer stated she never came close, to getting the gas mileage as advertised. She also experienced problems with the suspension, and for a little over a year, she had problems with the vehicle not starting. On one occasion, when she inserted the key into the trunk, the entire trunk lock fell into the car. The consumer received a recall notice, regarding the ignition. However, the parts were not available.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #134

Jul 072014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated. In addition, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the vehicle veered to the left. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 60,998. Updated 8/28/14

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

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