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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 14 of 25)

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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:
17 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,141 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion steering problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 14 of 25)

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problem #237

Jan 142011

Ion

  • 48,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 2 mph the steering wheel became stiff and locked making it difficult to control the vehicle. The power steering light illuminated on the dashboard. The contact stated that the power steering would not function until he shut the ignition off and back on. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #236

Jul 122009

Ion

  • 63,257 miles
Sometimes as I am driving, the power steering in my 2006 Saturn Ion stops working and I can't turn the vehicle. If I have to make a turn, I have to try to move the wheel. I have caused major delays and almost been in a few wrecks due to troubles turning the steering wheel. The power steering will not work until I turn the vehicle off and then restart it after a few minutes. The other problem I am having is turning the vehicle on in the morning which I have done the research on and found it is a very common problem for Saturn. There is a problem with the wiring components of the vehicle and once I turn the key I have to give it at least 10 minutes before it will turn on. Then I can't turn it off until I get to where I need to go or I have to wait again for at least another 10 minutes. This presents a big problem if I have to stop for gas, because I can't turn my car off at the pump or I am stuck at the gas pump for at least 10 minutes and sometimes longer.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #235

Jan 012011

Ion

  • 54,935 miles
TL - the contact owns 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving the power of steering light is illuminating intermittently. She mentioned that she has to apply more force in order to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and it was not repaired. The failure and current mileage is 54,935.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #234

Dec 262010

Ion

  • 69,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 55 mph the power steering light illuminated and within a few minutes the power steering failed. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and turned the vehicle off and back on but the power steering continued to malfunction which made the steering wheel difficult to turn. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #233

Dec 152010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
2006 Saturn Ion power steering failure. Intermittent loss of power steering. 1. was working normally, then just stops working without warning. Pwr str indicator comes on to indicate the power steering has failed. 2. intermittently works then stops working. Failure occurs once per day to once per week. It doesn't seem to matter how long the car has been driven. Loss of power steering has happened after 5 minutes of driving or as long as 1 hour of driving. 3. turning the ignition off for a few seconds to 30 seconds seems to temporarily cure the problem. Turn the car off. Wait. Turn it back on and the power steering works normally for the next 10 to 200 miles, then the problem re-occurs.

- Evans City, PA, USA

problem #232

Oct 122010

Ion 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I have a 2006 Saturn Ion 2 sedan with approximately 75, 000 miles currently on it and the incident I have on my car is with the power steering locking up on me. It seems to occur when I drive distances over 15 miles and there is an outside temperature over 60 degrees. It started around late September when temperature was in the 70-80 range. For the next two months it ceased when the temperature dropped below 60 degrees. I don't know if there is any relation between the temperature and the problem, but it was just my observation. It occurred on me again on December 31. The power steering message disappears and the steering wheel stops locking when I stop and restart my vehicle. The steering wheel has locked up on me on major highways numerous times as a consequence, making it very dangerous to drive. I have had to avoid accidents with driving skills and prayer. From my own personal research I have discovered that other Saturn owners have encountered the same problem, which is why I have done nothing to correct the failure hoping that a recall will be initiated.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #231

Dec 212010

Ion

  • 79,000 miles

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

2006 Saturn Ion power steering failure.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #230

Nov 012010

Ion

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion level 2. while driving at any speed, the contact stated that the power steering light illuminated intermittently and then she lost the ability to control the vehicle. The failure began six weeks ago. The contact did not inform the dealer due to diagnostic testing and repair cost. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that there were no related recalls. The current mileage was 47,893. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000.

- Middlebury, CT, USA

problem #229

Dec 222010

Ion

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Saturn Ion II. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the power steering would fail sporadically. The contact would shut off the engine and the power steering assist would resent momentarily before the failure recurred. The contact stated that when the failure would occur, it was extremely difficult for him to maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 61,000.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #228

Oct 012010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Electric power assist steering failure. Every startup within 5 minutes of starting automobile electric power assist fails and car becomes very difficult to steer. Vehicle has not been fixed because of expense of dealership replacement of over 900 dollars.

- Ft. Wayne, IN, USA

problem #227

Dec 152010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 51,980 miles

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

2006 Saturn Ion. Daughter highway driving returning from college, indicator light on dash came, power steering failed. She pulled over turned vehicle off, turned back on and it drove fine. Next day driving at a slower speed the same thing happened. This has happened several times since. Contacted authorized Saturn service dealer, they said they are aware of similar problems but after taking our VIN# indicated GM has not made a recall for our vehicle. To repair this at the dealership we are looking at $300+. I just spent over $200 six months ago on a problem I feel GM should also own up to...the ignition problem with the key sticking in the ignition and not able to turn the vehicle off. I know this electric steering problem is also showing up in other GM vehicles and for what ever reason they are only fixing a select few in a select few states across the country. I have read where there have been 14 accidents resulting in deaths tracing back to this problem. I feel my daughters safety is at risk. I don't understand why an american company would allow the safety of people to be compromised.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #226

Dec 012010

Ion

  • 95,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Ion the power steering went out on the vehicle. After I stopped somewhere, shut off the engine and restarted the car, the problem was corrected. The same thing continued to happen more and more frequently, however, and now happens every time I drive the car almost as soon as I start driving. I have seen many other complaints online regarding this dangerous failure of vehicle equipment on cars that are not very old.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #225

Dec 082010

Ion

  • 54,000 miles
The contact 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the power steering light flashed on and then the power steering malfunctioned. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to contact and could have cause a crashed. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that this was a common problem but there were no recalls. The contact was concerned about the safety risk. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Baumont, CA, USA

problem #224

Dec 142009

Ion

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion level 2. the contact stated that when driving at any speed, the power steering would intermittently Y fail. The contact would shut the vehicle off and when restarting, the power steering would reset independently. Both the manufacturer and dealer were notified of the failure who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle and offered no additional assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 105,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Moorpark, CA, USA

problem #223

Dec 052010

Ion

  • 42,000 miles
Was driving 2006 Saturn Ion about 40mph and the power steering shut down with a message on the dashboard. The wheel was extremely difficult to turn and I had a hard time getting off the road because of it. The next time I drove the vehicle the power steering worked fine but 2 more times since the power steering has suddenly shut down while driving. Taking to a shop sometime this week to have it looked at.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #222

Dec 022010

Ion

  • 28,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 55 mph, there was a chime inside of the vehicle followed by the power steering warning indicator illumination. The contact exerted excessive force when turning the steering wheel and pulled over to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle resumed normally. The same failure reocurred three times before reaching the destination. The contact planned to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnosis and repair. The failure mileage was approximately 28,500.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #221

Nov 172009

Ion

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering would intermittently fail over a period of one year without warning until completely becoming inoperable. The dealer advised that the electronic power assist had failed and that the power assist module and steering column would need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Saint Claire, MI, USA

problem #220

Jul 012010

Ion

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while trying to park, the power steering became inoperative and the steering wheel was difficult to turn. The vehicle was inspected at a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the electrical power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Mahopach, NY, USA

problem #219

Oct 292010

Ion

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the power steering malfunctioned and the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #218

Jun 202010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Power steering goes out, then when I re-start the car, it will work for a very short period of time before the power steering goes out again. About 60K miles.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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