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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 2 of 5)

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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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,991 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #68

May 152015

Ion

  • 165,000 miles

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

My car began with my ignition switch sticking and I received a recall notice in the mail so I took it to be corrected....after supposably being fixed I'm still having the same problem. Now about 5 months ago I started smelling a faint smell of gas...now its so severe I can't drive the car. It's actually dripping onto the ground. It takes 3 or more times to get it to crank. The gas mileage has gone down from 30 to nothing. From the VIN search my car isn't included in the recall for this which is ridiculous. I don't have the money to have this fixed. I don't understand why GM isn't taking responsibility for this. Lives are at stake here. Please help.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #67

Mar 292010

Ion

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline). The contact experienced a failure related to the recall, but the details were not available. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #66

Sep 142015

Ion

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that there was a strong fuel odor outside and inside the vehicle. The contact stated that the odor was only present when the ignition was in the on position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 116,000.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #65

Aug 032015

Ion

  • 269,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and an unknown warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the fuel cap needed to be opened and closed in order for the vehicle to restart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, due to the mileage of the vehicle, the manufacturer declined to honor the recall. The failure mileage was 269,000.

- Bullhead City , AZ, USA

problem #64

Sep 142015

Ion

  • 255,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact filled up the fuel tank. Once she arrived home, she observed that the fuel level was down to a quarter and noticed a strong fuel odor coming from the fuel tank. The check engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 255,000.

- Pierce , AZ, USA

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problem #63

Aug 032015

Ion

  • miles
The fuel pump is leaking

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #62

Aug 132015

Ion

  • 125,000 miles

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

I noticed a strong smell of gasoline inside the car and it was sometimes hard to start. I noticed a large puddle of gasoline leaking from approximately under the left rear passenger door. I took the car to Chevrolet dealership for service. There was a puddle of gasoline about the size of a softball within two minutes of parking the car in their parking lot. They have informed me that the fuel lines have rusted and will cost in excess of $700 to repair I feel that this is a safety issue due the close presence of the exhaust system and is a design/parts flaw in the design of the car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #61

Dec 292014

Ion

  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the fuel pump was leaking fuel when the vehicle was operated. In addition, the turning signals failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that fuel pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000.

- Yeagertown, PA, USA

problem #60

Jul 022015

Ion

  • 70,999 miles
The fuel feed pipe and evap emis pipe rotted away. Fuel started being pumped out of the tank and being sprayed all over the car including the exhaust. GM part number 15283792 and 25775259. The pipes only rotted in the rear along the frame where they are covered by heat shield in close proximity to the exhaust. The remaining parts of these fuel pipes are perfect. Even the brake lines that run along with the fuel lines are perfect right there. Every brake line looks perfect maybe do to a fact that they are coated with a black material from the factory. There is no recall on these pipes because it isn't part of the fuel module.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #59

May 072015

Ion

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the fuel pump module was leaking fuel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Madera , CA, USA

problem #58

Apr 012015

Ion 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

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

There has been a strong fuel order for several months to which my mechanic stated today there was a crack in the top of my fuel tank. After checking the recall notices and thousands of complaints about the smell of gas and performance issues, come to find out the recall is only limited to select states. Clearly there is a significant issue with the fuel system that GM should recall across the board due to risk of fire and death. Shame on GM for limiting this recall due to their sub-par parts and irresponsible management of preserving the safety and life of their clients.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #57

Feb 272015

Ion 4-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
I smelt gas so I brought it to my mechanic. He says that the fuel pump had a crack at the inlet. I see that there are 2006 and 2007 Saturn Ions that were recalled because of this issue. I was curious why or if there were similar complaints for the range that VIN falls within. It looks like it does according to www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/acm13505162/rcrit-09V419-3422.pdf but since I didn't buy /register it in Arizona or Nevada that it doesn't apply. Not sure why it would only apply to two states since my VIN falls within that range. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #56

Sep 012014

Ion

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, there was a strong fuel odor. In addition, the contact noticed fuel leaking from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #55

Dec 262014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 147,253 miles
Return fuel line rusted out at support clamp leaking fuel onto ground. Vehicle has not been in an incident and I noticed it in the driveway.

- Hartland, MI, USA

problem #54

Oct 152014

Ion

  • 101,000 miles
Began smelling fuel and noticed fuel on the ground. Notice there is a recall on this defect but only on vehicles in Arizona and Nevada. My vehicle is from Michigan. There are other complaints of this same problem all over the internet.

- West Monror, LA, USA

problem #53

Mar 312014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
I had to replace my fuel pump back in March of 2013. It cost me almost $300. Later I found out it was on recall. How do I get my money back? I have the receipt.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #52

Aug 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
My fuel pump module needs replacing. No accident occurred to initiate this issue. Started smelling a fuel odor and it has gotten stronger over the past few months. This problem seems premature, everything that I read online says a good fuel pump should last at least 300,000 miles.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #51

Jan 152014

Ion

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact smelled a strong fuel odor outside the vehicle. The contact discovered fuel leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was a fuel leak. The vehicle was repaired, but the repairs were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #50

Aug 012014

Ion

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact smelled fuel. The odor was detected on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #49

Mar 162011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
One day upon exiting the vehicle I experienced a very strong odor of gasoline. I lived in the country at the time and also in Texas. I shrugged it off thinking I maybe got some on the side of the car or my clothes. Later I entered the vehicle and attempted to start it. Turns over 6 times after a single bump of the key but this time the car did not start. I then remembered that earlier I smelled fuel. I thought maybe I have a leak in the lines. I cycled the key 3 times then tried to start it again. After the first turn it cranked right up. When I returned home that afternoon I researched a little and found that its been notorious for developing a crack in the lines right off of the pump. I looked for a recall but found nothing. Nothing but complaints that is. www.rockauto.com saved me $200 from the price that O'reillys wanted me to pay but regardless this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

- Savoy, TX, USA

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