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: 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,778 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 162008


  • 20,300 miles


I own a 2005 Saturn Ion with the original Firestone affinity touring tires P195/60R15 tires, that have 20,300 miles. On 2/16/08 I went to a tire shop as both front tires had lost most of the air. The manager inspected all four tires and showed me that the split on the inside and how it was working it's way out. For safety reasons I bought 4 new tires. But I am very concerned that these could cause and accident and feel the manufacturer should replace the tires.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252008


  • 23,257 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The vehicle has the original Firestone affinity touring tires. All four tires have cracked to the point that a tire gauge can be placed inside. The vehicle was taken to the inspection station and the contact was ordered to replace the tires. She went to a local Firestone dealer and was informed that she needed to replace her tires and that the failure was not under recall. The contact paid for new tires, but believes that the manufacturer should have been responsible for the repairs. The dot number and tire size were unknown. The failure and current mileages were 23,240. Updated 10/16/08. Updated 10/17/08.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

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