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: 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,459 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion body / paint problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 242013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


I have a 2006 Saturn Ion, and I know 5 other people with one as well, and every single one has had to seal their moon roofs. Have there been other complaints about this issue?

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #3

May 302006


  • miles
Driving down the highway as usual and all of a sudden, the sunroof glass exploded. Sunroof wasn't even open and glass went all over the other cars on the highway. No objects caused the breakage, didn't drive under an overpass where anything could have been dropped. Never heard of sunroof glass exploding especially when it's not even in use. Went to the dealer where I purchased the vehicle and they said it was not covered under warranty. Gave me an estimate of nearly $600 and essentially told me to take it or leave it.

- Wright City, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 072006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,800 miles
It has rained several times and the water has leaked into the middle console of my car and also around my roof area and all down the sides. The first two time I took it to be fixed they said Saturn couldn't do anything for me because there was no problem and this continued to occur for the next month until it got so bad to start dripping out of my map lights again. Saturn mechanics asked if I was parking on angle, which should not matter, or if I was driving on large angles, and told me again that they were not going to find anything. Saturn just told me that the sunroof had a problem that was unfixable to their knowledge and that scares me. They said that there was no time table on how long it would take to come out with a fix but they were going to do something temporary that should help but if it didn't for me to bring it back in to repeat the process. I feel as though sunroof leaking around my electrical parts is dangerous and that the continuing buildup of moisture is going to eventually do my bodily harm. (1) the water could leak into electrical areas of the car causing a fire and (2) mold could begin to develop in the car from all the moisture which emits vapors that are toxic a temporary fix has been applied with no guarantee that it will fix it or of a future Saturn recall to fix the sunroof.

- Bedminster, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 232006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,035 miles
During a weekend of thunderstorms my sunroof leaked a large amount of water into the interior of the car. The passenger side of the vehicle was soaked. I got the car back, and during another thunderstorm the car leaked again. The dealership also left my car out in the rain with a known leak for three days on the first trip to the service department. The service manager referred to this leakage problem as a design flaw.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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