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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 5 of 15)

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
53,808 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 5 of 15)

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problem #216

Feb 082014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall and seeks reimbursement for repairs.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #215

Apr 012009

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
Beginning in 2009 through today 4/10/2014 my daughter's Saturn Ion has had ignition problems and intermittent air bag light problems. All of the problems noted in the recall from GM apply to her car. She has contact GM via email throughout 2010 including customer service, a Mr. Henderson and a Mr. Reuss. We have copies of these emails. No one would help her even though she mentioned that she feared for her life. These incidents were life threatening. She has been to 2 GM dealerships over the years to get these items fixed and received no help from the dealership either. They said they can't find a problem. She needs help from someone and I hope that is you. Thank you. Respectfully,

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #214

Feb 192014

Ion

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the check engine warning light would sporadically illuminate and the vehicle would intermittently stall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times where the sensor was reset but did not prevent the stalling failure. On once occasion while the driver was traveling approximately 30 mph around a curb, the vehicle lost power and accelerated while stalling. The driver was not able to intervene and crashed into a tree, splitting the tree upon impact. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The driver sustained internal bruising from the impact. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags and electrical system) but the part needed to complete the recall service was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #213

Mar 242014

Ion

  • 162,000 miles

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

At random my car beeped and the power steering indicated on the dash and my car became hard to maneuver. Within a two week period my car has had power steering failure 4 times. First occurrence: I was making a turn from one road to another. Second occurrence: While coming to a stop at a stop sign coming to an end on an off ramp from the interstate. The third occurrence: Driving on a 45mph road, approaching a curve. Forth occurrence: On the interstate traveling at 70mph with cruise control set with heavy traffic around me. Each time I had to either stop on the road, pull off the road to the shoulder or make due till I found an area to stop, to turn the car off and restart again, after restarting the car the steering became very loose and just as hard to maneuver.

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

problem #212

Dec 122013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 68,977 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that she attempted to turn her engine off but the engine would not turn off. The contact stated that she disconnected the battery and the engine turned off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,977. Updated 6/10/14- the replacement ignition switch was faulty, and therefore, it was replaced again in April 2014. Updated 07/22/14

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #211

Mar 032014

Ion

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number:14V047000 (air bags and electrical system) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer provided an unreasonable timeframe for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also notified and provided an unreasonable estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would be repaired. The VIN was not available. There are no failures at this time.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #210

Mar 052013

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch malfunction. The consumer stated the key became stuck in the on position, and he was unable to shut off the engine. According to the invoice, the ignition lock cylinder came apart. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #209

Mar 182014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Per witnesses my daughter's Saturn Ion hit the rear of a semi truck that had stopped on northbound I-81 near mile marker 210.5. the witnesses state that the air bags did not deploy. The car caught fire and was destroyed.

- Adams, TN, USA

problem #208

Apr 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ignition problems. The consumer stated a year ago, she could not turn the ignition key, and a message stated the key did not match the ignition and was locked. After an hour, the vehicle finally started. The repair shop was unable to find a problem. It happened 3 more times. The consumer received a recall letter, regarding the power steering. However, the parts were not available. Updated 09/08/14

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #207

Oct 032013

Ion

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while traveling at various low speeds, the engine stalled with the illumination of the warning indicator. The vehicle engine and resumed normally. The failure recurred intermittently. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part needed to perform the repair was currently unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Liscruces, NM, USA

problem #206

Apr 092012

Ion

  • 54,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle has stalled on numerous occasions with the key lock warning light illuminated. The failure occurred three times over a period of three years. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #205

Jul 292013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 109,050 miles
Driver attempted to shut off car when parking. Key would not turn and car remained running. Vehicle was then driven to local GM service dealer who confirmed that key was stuck. Service order cause was listed as "found ignition lock cylinder frozen". dealer did manage to remove and replace ignition lock cylinder. Customer paid for repair.

- Napeville, IL, USA

problem #204

Mar 042013

Ion

  • 60,000 miles
Keys often get stuck in ignition upon turning the engine off. Time it takes to get keys out varies.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #203

Dec 092013

Ion

  • 75,000 miles
On cold mornings car will not start. Radio and lights work. The passlock security light on the dash blinks. Leaving key in ignition for ten minutes then the car will start.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #202

Dec 082011

Ion

  • 60,000 miles
This car has been cursed with electronic steering problems. The car has been serviced repeatedly. I have had very little response and zero satisfaction from GM. The key often does not release from the ignition. The car was involved in a violent front end collision that was caused by these issues. I bought the car (based on a false Saturn promise) and I had two daughters in the front of the car during the preventable collision. I couldn't figure out why the bags did not deploy. Now I get it! the car cuts off when making a right hand turn. I do not believe a single thing that GM says to me. I am going in for a rental car tomorrow. I. do not even believe that this will go according to plan. I take the car for service, they tell me that they, "cannot repeat the problem." GM sucks and so does NHTSA. Earn your money. I earned mine. I want to add, in addition to steering, brakes, ignition -- the electronic system in this car is a complete mess...........

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #201

Dec 082011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
This car has been cursed with electronic steering problems. The car has been serviced repeatedly. I have had very little response and zero satisfaction from GM. The key often does not release from the ignition. The car was involved in a violent front end collision that was caused by these issues. I bought the car (based on a false Saturn promise) and I had two daughters in the front of the car during the preventable collision. I couldn't figure out why the bags did not deploy. Now I get it! the car cuts off when making a right hand turn. I do not believe a single thing that GM says to me. I am going in for a rental car tomorrow. I. do not even believe that this will go according to plan. I take the car for service, they tell me that they, "cannot repeat the problem." GM sucks and so does NHTSA. Earn your money. I earned mine. I want to add, in addition to steering, brakes, ignition -- the electronic system in this car is a complete mess.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #200

Jul 032013

Ion

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering sensor light illuminated as the power steering assist malfunctioned. The failure made it very difficult for the contact to maneuver the vehicle. The contact also stated that the ignition key would become stuck in the ignition switch recurringly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that both defects were caused by a faulty ignition switch. The ignition switch was replaced but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not contacted in reference to the defects. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #199

Jun 102013

Ion

  • 76,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and was restarted. Once the contact reached her destination, the key would not turn in the ignition to shut the vehicle off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the ignition switch. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,400.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #198

Nov 262013

Ion

  • 100,771 miles
Could not shut off engine. Had ignition, keys and electrical replaced at my expense of $751.40. GMC dealer refuses to reimburse me for the expense I incurred for recall 14063 and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign id number for this redall is 14V-047.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #197

May 012013

Ion

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the she attempted to start the vehicle but the key would not turn in the ignition switch. The failure was recurring. Additionally, the key would become stuck in the ignition or would not turn when the contact attempted to shut the engine off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch would need to be replaced. The mechanic replaced the ignition switch. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

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