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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Fog Lights Problems

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.

3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,075 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

May 172008

Ion

  • 44,075 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. A month after purchasing the vehicle, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact attempted to turn the steering column, but was unsuccessful. She turned off and then restarted the vehicle and the steering column resumed working. She stated that the steering column locked on three occasions while driving. The dealer stated that the cause of the failure was an electrical issue and then repaired the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that they would not reimburse her for the cost of the repairs. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 12/10/08 the fog lamp was craxked. Updated 12/16/08.

- Hazel, TX, USA

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