2006 Saturn Ion
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: When it comes to the 2006 Ion, the biggest questions are: what big problem is going to pop up next? And how long until GM chooses to address it?
The 2006 Ion has a defective ignition switch that gave owners fits. Their keys would get stuck in the ignition, the engine wouldn’t shut off or in some cases it would shut off at the most dangerous time. The ignition was eventually recalled as part of one of the largest recalls of all-time , but it took GM 10 years to do it. Then there’s this car’s temperamental power steering which is prone to stop working randomly while driving. It too was eventually recalled, even if GM took their sweet time about it.
Lastly, it turns out a car built with plastic doors, fenders and bumpers – while fun for a game of “shopping cart bocce” – is horrible for safety.
Worst 2006 Ion Problems by Category
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- interior accessories problems62NHTSA complaints: 5
- windows / windshield problems10NHTSA complaints: 6
- steering problems8NHTSA complaints: 454
- electrical problems5NHTSA complaints: 289
- fuel system problems5NHTSA complaints: 166
- transmission problems3NHTSA complaints: 11
- body / paint problems2NHTSA complaints: 14
- engine problems2NHTSA complaints: 50
- clutch problems1
- lights problems1NHTSA complaints: 5
- seat belts / air bags problems1NHTSA complaints: 35
- suspension problems1NHTSA complaints: 10
- wheels / hubs problems1NHTSA complaints: 8
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 26
- brakes problemsNHTSA: 18
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 16
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 14
- exhaust system problemsNHTSA: 1
- AC / heater problemsNHTSA: 1
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