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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 1 of 3)

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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.

2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,382 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #55

Aug 262014

Ion

  • 68,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. When the contact attempted to turn the ignition switch to the off position, the ignition switch would auto lock into the accessory position. The failure occurred several times. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system). The vehicle was repaired according to the recall, but the failure recurred. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #54

Aug 232014

Ion

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the run position and prevented the vehicle from shutting off. The contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch and had to unhook the wiring harness in order to shut off the vehicle. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Great Falls , SC, USA

problem #53

Apr 012014

Ion

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop and the key moved out of the start position independently. In addition, the front tires were damaged. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Glendale , AZ, USA

problem #52

Jul 242014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles

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

In 2012 my car key was stuck in the ignition. The next day after 450.00+ the dealership replaced the ignition cylinder. A few months later both airbag lights came on & stayed on. The dealership told me since it was an issue with the airbag & safety there would not be a charge for the dianostic; when I arrived I was told that there would be a $75 charge. I left the dearship without the testing. A couple of months later the oil was changed & I asked for a test to check the airbag light. When finished the tech said they were unable to determine the issue with the airbag & I would need to take it to another dealership. We are a one car household so I had to wait until being without a car would have minimal impact. When I heard about the recall I waited & had the dealership due a test in case it was something affected by the ignition cylinder. Last week I took it to the servicing dealership & asked they check the airbag light. Later I received a call advising the airbag sensor had shorted out & a new sensor would cost 900.00+. I mentioned disabling the airbag & was told it is against federal law to do so. The service tech said in ks seat belts on cars purchased in ks are covered under warranty for 10 yrs & 3 yrs for airbags. I suggest that car co.'s consider a lifetime or life of car ownership warranty for both seat belts & airbags. Few have close to 1K to spend on repairing/replacing an airbag sensor & it doesn't make sense to have a law stating the airbag can't be disabled but its okay to knowingly put a car on the streets with a non/potential non-working airbag. The seatbelts & airbags work in tandam to protect shouldn't their warranties also be together? having seatbelts & airbags covered for the life of the car will show the public in light of recent recalls car companies will do what is needed to show consumers their & their passengers safety are a priority.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #51

Jun 122006

Ion

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became hard to maneuver. Also, the contact mentioned that the key became lodged in the ignition switch and the power window failed to open. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who replaced the ignition switch under the NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the defects. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #50

May 272014

Ion

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while attempting to remove the key from the ignition switch, the key was stuck. The contact restarted the vehicle and shifted into drive then back to park where the key could be removed from the ignition switch. The failure occurred on seven occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #49

May 122014

Ion

  • 145,000 miles

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

While at a gas station, I could not get the key out of the ignition. When I finally got the key out of the ignition, I could not get the key to turn and start the vehicle again.

- Pike Road, AL, USA

problem #48

Mar 172014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The ignition is stuck on the on position. No matter what is done the car cannot be turned off with the ignition key. Had to remove a fuse to get car turned off. There is a recall on this model for the ignition but not for this problem.

- Amesville, OH, USA

problem #47

Mar 032014

Ion

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to 2014 vehicle recalls 2003-2007. Vehicle key got stuck in the ignition switch.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #46

Dec 092013

Ion

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact was making a right turn at 15 mph when the driver's side door opened without being engaged. The contact also stated that he was unable to shut the engine off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where the contact was informed that the ignition barrel switch seized and was fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who confirmed the failure and also stated that the door latch was fractured. The ignition barrel switch was repaired but not the door latch failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Langley Afb, VA, USA

problem #45

Mar 302013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles

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

2006 Saturn Ion manual trans. Key got stuck in the ignition in the on position. To turn car off, need to stall engine (pop clutch), then disconnect battery since electrical circuits remain on. Repair was ignition lock replacement by dealer (approx $400). Based on comments at NHTSA and other sites, this is a very common problem for this vehicle type.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #44

Oct 052012

Ion

  • 110,000 miles
I am unable to turn off ignition, can "not" turn key to the off position to release key. Car is in the park gear and remaining running. After many calls for help I learned I could pull the fuse to turn car off but key still will not release. Please read online about many other Saturn customers having the same trouble I am having with my 2006 Saturn Ion with the key stuck in the on position. It appears that there are many Saturn owners with the same problem can you please help can not afford to fix car hoping this is part of a recall but have not been able to find that information yet.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #43

Jun 172011

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph the front driver's side window dropped down into the door panel, causing the door to swing open. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off. After repeated attempts the door was shut, but would not reopen. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed the window detached from its track. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The contact also stated that the vehicle was experiencing recurring failures in which the check engine light would constantly illuminate on the instrument panel and the key would intermittently become stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure in regards to the check engine light. In regards to the key becoming stuck in the ignition, no repairs were performed. The failure and current mileages were 69,080. Updated 08/31/2011

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #42

Feb 271981

Ion 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
First, my power steering would go out. I would turn of the car and turn it back on and it would be back for a short time. I took it in and it was fixed a week or two ago. Now, the ignition key is locked in the on position. To turn it off I have to disconnect fuse 16 and disconnect the negative power cable. To turn it on I have to reconnect the negative power cable and reinsert the fuse. I was advised this is a common problem with Saturn Ions and not related to the recent work that was done on the car.

- Warr Acres, OK, USA

problem #41

Dec 092010

Ion

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn ion2. The contact stated that she was unable to remove the key from the ignition. The only way she was able to shut the vehicle off was to disconnect the cables to the battery. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who informed the contact that she would need to replace the tumblers in the ignition. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Milo, ME, USA

problem #40

Dec 082010

Ion

  • 36,212 miles
2006 Saturn Ion does not release the ignition key when shutting the engine off. The failure is intermittent occurringgg about 50% of the time. To get the ignition key to release can take anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes by trying to engage and re-engage the shifting mechanism to park and sometimes by locking and unlocking the car doors.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #39

Oct 302010

Ion

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key was unable to be taken out of the ignition. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who stated that the ignition cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #38

Oct 022010

Ion

  • 59,838 miles
We have a Saturn Ion 2006 which is now experiencing ignition issues. First the car would not stop running (hazard!) in my driveway. This was due to the key being stuck in the on position in the ignition! we had to allow it to run out of gas prior to finding the emergency key release that Saturn has noted. Now the car will not even start and when I called the customer service line, the response was hardly comforting. Looking online it appears that there are numerous complaints logging this issue. It appears that there are quite a few people that would like to pursue a class action lawsuit against Saturn/GM as there have been absolutely no investigations, recalls, or even an acknowledgement of said issue. This is the first time the ignition has caused us issues, but looking at the online complaints, it won't be the last. When will it be investigated" will it be investigated after an accident happens perhaps with my 2 children in the car? will it be classified as an urgent issue then" see how many people have had the issue below via the link embedded. www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/Saturn.htm.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #37

Sep 112010

Ion

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition and could not be extracted. A fuse was removed in order to turn the vehicle off. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #36

Sep 092010

Ion

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition and she was unable to turn the key in order to turn off the vehicle. The dealer removed a fuse underneath the hood which made it possible to turn off the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 70000.

- St. Louis , MO, USA

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