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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 8 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 8 of 25)

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problem #357

Jun 272012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 70,535 miles

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

Could not shut car off, key is locked in ignition, could not get key out of ignition.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #356

Jun 242012

Ion

  • 147,294 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering failed while reversing from her driveway. The power steering warning light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact shut the vehicle off and the vehicle resume as normal upon restart. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 147,294.

- Allenton , MI, USA

problem #355

Dec 012010

Ion

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, there was loud chime with complete loss of power steering and the warning indicator illumination. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road, where the engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who advised that the vehicle be taken to an authorized dealer for assistance due to the electric power steering. The failure occurred nine times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

- Federal Way , WA, USA

problem #354

Jun 212012

Ion 4WD 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

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

I was driving to work at 9pm and I got off the highway and my power-steering stopped working. There was a light on the dash that said it was my pwr str. I made it to work, but it was very difficult to steer my car and very un-safe.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #353

May 152012

Ion

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph the power steering failed. He turned off the vehicle and once restarted, the power steering assist was reset. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer advised the contact that they needed to replace the power steering motor. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 41,500. The VIN was not available.

- Edwardsville , PA, USA

problem #352

Jun 122012

Ion

  • 102,000 miles
There was 3 beeps and "pwr str" was displayed, and the power steering failed. Since the first occurrence, the car will start with the power steering enabled, and then after driving for anywhere from 1 to 6 minutes, it will fail again. Without the power steering, the car is almost impossible to turn.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #351

Jun 052012

Ion

  • 97,600 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering assist failed while driving 65 mph. The contact had to shift into neutral, turn off and restart the vehicle for the power steering assist to reset. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 97,600 and the current mileage 97,984.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #350

Sep 012011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Was driving down the highway and power steering motor went out. Power steering keeps shutting off.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #349

May 122012

Ion

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The contact also stated that the vehicle would sporadically stall without warning. The vehicle returned to normal operation when it was restarted after the failures. The vehicle was not taken to have the failures diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #348

May 112012

Ion

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the power steering assist would seize sporadically. The vehicle was turned off and on, and the steering would reset independently. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #347

May 292012

Ion

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 50 mph when the power steering failed and the contact experienced extreme difficulties in maintaining control of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning lamp illuminated immediately after the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #346

Mar 012012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving my car when my consul read the phrase "pwr str" meaning that my power steering was malfunctioning and no longer worked until I pulled over and restarted the car and that reset the power steering. This now happens about two to three times every time I drive my car.

- Charlton, MA, USA

problem #345

May 062012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
Power steering light goes on randomly and power steering fails.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #344

Dec 142011

Ion

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph, the contact attempted to turn the steering wheel when it became inoperable. The vehicle was taken for diagnosis by an independent mechanic where they advised that the power steering assist system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000 and the current mileage was 114,000.

- Egg Harbor , NJ, USA

problem #343

Apr 252012

Ion

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. He contact replaced the battery and noticed that the power steering failed. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 68,000. The VIN was not available.

- Port St Lucy, FL, USA

problem #342

Apr 302012

Ion

  • 72,691 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 35 mph when the power steering failed without warning. The contact mentioned that although it became very hard to steer, he was able to maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and was 72,691.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #341

Feb 112012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Power steering system fails at random, no discernible pattern. Power steering system seems to reset after stopping and restarting the vehicle. The vehicle become extremely difficult to steer...causing dangerous situations.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #340

Mar 152012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 52,456 miles
While driving down the road the power steering just stops working you have to turn the car off and back on to continue to drive safely.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #339

Feb 102012

Ion

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering failed while driving approximately 70 mph. The power steering warning chime beeped as the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact had to use extreme force in order to steer the vehicle. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed or for repairs. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Jackson , MI, USA

problem #338

Apr 012012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Driving on the freeway when power steering completely failed. Driving between 55 and 60mph. Finally able to pull over. Turned off engine and upon restart, power steering was restored. This failure has continued to occur on a daily basis. Very dangerous.

- Alpine, CA, USA

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