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NHTSA — Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,616 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 022014


  • 127,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the driver side door failed to open or shut and all the power windows failed to operate. The dealer was not able to open the driver side door and could not continue servicing the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 252012

Ion 4WD 4-cyl

  • 90,878 miles
Driver side window won't roll down. Window has stopped working on multiple occasions, with multiple repairs.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 022010


  • miles
Power window on driver side and now on right back passenger side won't work. Have had to take to dealer 2 times and will have to take it in again for the right back passenger window. I have not had this car more than 2 years.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 092009


  • 55,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. When the vehicle was stationary, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel inside and outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and the technician stated the failure was contributed to a crack in the fuel tank line. The fuel pump was replaced by an independent mechanic. The contact had concerns of a potential safety hazard. The failure mileage was 55,200 and the current mileage was 55,595. Updated 12/07/09. The dealer also fixed the front window that had dropped into the door, a cracked speaker and dome light. Updated 12/08/09.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 171973


  • miles
I have an 06 Saturn Ion that has had the ignition switch go out on it right as we have no warranty on it, of course. We contacted Saturn head office and tried to explain to them that there seems to be a need for a recall on this vehicle. Not only has the ignition switch gone out the window to the driver side no longer will go up. We owned the car only two days when the same window fell off the track for no reason and they had to fix it. My father also owns the same year make and model car and the window on his driver side also went out just a couple of months ago. There seems to be several recurring issues with this vehicle that I see not only one person is having. They recalled the older model of this car for the same problem with the ignition. This vehicle is too new to have this many incidents occur.

- Cabot, AR, USA

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