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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Saturn Ion electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 202007


  • 11,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving 1-50 mph in wet, slippery, or icy roads, the tires would spin out and cause the vehicle to lose control and the throttle power failed for 5-8 seconds. In November of 2007, the dealer stated that they could not duplicate the failure; however, they stated that the wiring harness needed to be replaced due to the air conditioner. After it snowed, the vehicle also began to spin and lose power while driving uphill and then slid back down. On February 13, 2008, the dealer stated that the failure was due to the fuel regulator and kept the vehicle for over three weeks. An unauthorized driver at the dealer crashed the vehicle into a ditch with two feet of water, causing water to enter the headlights. The contact has 56 photos available. He was advised that his vehicle does not qualify for the lemon law. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, transmission type, powertrain, and fuel type were unknown. The current mileage was 38,200 and failure mileage was 11,000.

- Trappe, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012007


  • miles
The front left indicator turn signal light and front left daytime running light work sporadically. I've been told by a Saturn repair technician that both run on the same circuit. Also, the engine light goes on sporadically.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 252006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles
I had an electrical problem with my car that I believe is a flaw in the design of the car. First my automatic door locks stopped working and a "service vehicle" light came on. I took the car to the dealer. They replace a blown fuse. Two to three days later the same problem occurred again. I just did not have time to take the car in again to have a "blown fuse" replaced again. Approximately a month later it had gotten to the point that my car would not start. I had the car towed to the dealer. They finally (after having my car for a day and a half) figured out what was wrong with the car. The driver's door has a wire inside it for the automatic locks. Rolling the driver's side window up and down caused the wire to chaffe and become bare. The wire would touch something metal in the door and blow the fuse. This, in my opinion, could cause a fire hazard or other safety issues.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

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