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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline 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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,129 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion fuel system problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #71

Mar 162012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Fuel pump began to leak causing the vehicle to be unsafe to drive without repairs. 2006 Saturn Ion coupe has been recalled for same issue that we are having with the sedan model.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #70

Feb 202012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving on the freeway, power steering light went on andwas very difficult to steer. Had to put in neutral and turn off and turn on my car on the freeway, just so the steering wheel would unlock. This will be my third time fixing this problem.

- North Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #69

Nov 222011

Ion

  • 135,172 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the contact smelled fuel inside of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic who also smelled fuel. The mechanic informed the contact of NHTSA campaign I.D. number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) and suggested the contact call the manufacturer. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 135,172.

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #68

Dec 172010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 107,500 miles

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

Initially started with gas fumes odor...now once car started huge puddle of gas under rear end of car. Car is currently parked as cannot afford to repair at this time, however this is a major safety hazard as it could have caught on fire at any time with amount of fuel leaking when driving and once parked!!! it appears there have been several complaints/issues regarding this yet no recall in the state of calif"? do we have to wait until their is a death before something is done"

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #67

Dec 192011

Ion

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken for routine maintenance at a local mechanic when the contact was informed that there was a crack in the fuel pump. The contact stated that an unknown failure light was illuminated prior to having the mechanic diagnose the vehicle. The fuel pump was replaced by the mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and a claim was files. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Collins, IA, USA

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problem #66

Nov 232011

Ion

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she smelled a strong odor of fuel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that there was a failure involving the fuel pump. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered to pay a portion of the repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Darby, PA, USA

problem #65

Oct 012011

Ion

  • 40,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While parked, the contact noticed a strong fuel smell emitting from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic. The mechanic stated there was a leak in the fuel pump and it would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) but the contact was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Mineola, NV, USA

problem #64

Nov 102011

Ion

  • 56,620 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While parked, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel inside of the vehicle which continued to emit when driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated there was a fuel leakage. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 56,620.

- Fort Washington , MD, USA

problem #63

Nov 012011

Ion

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The contact mentioned that fuel was leaking out of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local shop who diagnosed that the fuel pump was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #62

Dec 052011

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
My ignition switch has been replaced 3 times in 4 years, costing $350 every time. It keeps going out. Now my fuel pump is leaking. I looked up and found 3 different website showing recalls on the fuel pump for my year, make, and model of my car. Saftycar.gov, motortrend.com, and usedcars.com. I call both GM and Saturn number which were provided and they tell me there no recalls for my vehicle. Now it going to cost $600 to fix my problem. The sad thing is I have to fix it or my car can blow up. I urge people not to buy Saturn they are no good.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #61

Nov 012010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles

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

My car is only 5 years old and now has 36,000 miles on it. Whenever it is cold outside my car does not start. All of the lights work and the car will make a click, but the car itself will not turn on. I have been stranded multiple times at night in the freezing cold with no way of getting home. Two times I have been stranded in a dark parking garage. This is constantly re-occurring problem and I see that hundreds of people have had the same issue. When I have taken my car to the shop I have been told it is electrical problems. This problem should be recalled as many people have the same problem. Also, I have had many issues with the fuel system. I have already had the fuel injector replaced, and the fuel tank replaced. It is in the shop again today because there were more issues with the fuel system. The fuel in my car was not heating up the right temperature, and I was getting about 30% less miles per tank than before. Over the few years I have had cords to the fuel system replaced, removed, adjusted, etv. I have spent thousands of dollars on repairs for a 5 year old car with 36,000 miles on it. And it is the same problems happening over and over.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #60

Jul 232011

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
The fuel pump on my 2006 Ion with only 43,500 miles needs a new fuel pump do to failure that is covered under GM recall 09226 in certain states. I have been told by a GM service department that I should not drive the car until it is fixed since this issue is a fire hazard. I have requested the repair, quoted at over $1000, to be covered in full due to the fact that this failure is the exact issue described in the recall, but the dealer and GM do not seem concerned about potentially losing all of my business for repairs and future vehicle purchases.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #59

Nov 012011

Ion

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated there was a crack in the fuel pump, causing fuel to leak out of the vehicle onto the ground which caused the vehicle to stall on the highway. The dealer and manufacturer were notified and made the contact aware of the NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 ( fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) recall, but the VIN was not associated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 76,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #58

Sep 012011

Ion

  • miles
Saturn Ion is experiencing the same recall as NHTSA recall campaign number: 09V419000. The vehicle is registered in the state of NY so it does not fall under the recall. I don't understand why it matters what state the vehicle is registered in? it's a huge safety issue.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #57

Oct 172010

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
There is a very strong smell of fuel in the cab of the vehicle and outside the vehicle. The fuel pump seems to have a leak.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #56

Oct 252011

Ion

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed a strong fuel odor inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) but was advised by the dealer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Red Lion, PA, USA

problem #55

Oct 012011

Ion

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact noticed fuel leaking from the fuel tank. The fuel tank was fractured and approximately one gallon of fuel was spilled. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- South Houston, TX, USA

problem #54

Oct 242011

Ion

  • 56,268 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she could smell a very strong odor of fuel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the fuel tank was leaking. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where it was repaired. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V419000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 56,268.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 062011

Ion

  • 102,000 miles
Gas fumes have been noticed within the car, outside the car near the fuel tank, and strongly within the trunk. There is a recall for fuel leakage #09V419000, however, my car doesn't qualify since its not registered and/or was purchased in the states listed. New Jersey had a record breaking heat and the highest amount of hot days therefore the recall/bulletin should be updated immediately to include NJ. For total repairs for this serious safety defect.this a definite safety issue and I feel that the manufacturers and dealers are accountable for this repair. They sold this vehicle with good faith and profit. I bought it for the safety, and yet this car is not safe to drive.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #52

Sep 262011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Our car has a very strong gasoline smell. We were told by a non GM dealer that it's the fuel pump and that there is a recall. The GM dealer has told us that this is a "state specific" recall and that they are exempt from fixing it in Illinois.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

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