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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,944 miles

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2007 Saturn Ion steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 12 of 18)

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problem #138

Dec 012010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


The power steering goes out randomly on my 2007 Saturn Ion almost causing 2 severe accidents. Once the car is restarted power steering is fine and who knows when it just goes out causing steering to be quite difficult especially depending on who is driving the car and when it goes out!!! completely unsafe. Is this covered anywhere to get fixed?

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #137

Dec 292010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 51,123 miles
Power steering goes out on 2007 Saturn Ion.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #136

Nov 222010


  • 33,267 miles
This car is experiencing the same issue that GM has issued a recall for. The electronic power steering motor is failing and the pwr strng warning light comes on. The steering is very difficult (two hands absolutely necessary) for a strong driver during slow sharp turns. A potential collision is highly likely. Other complaints are on the web with many people avoiding driving the vehicle at all due to the inability to predict occurrences and the immediate effect the loss of power has. How can two models with the same equipment be recalled (cobalt and G5) and not the Saturn Ion?

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #135

Dec 222010


  • 65,324 miles


Power seering indicator came on in the display (not the low fluid warning light) and power steering was no longer available. After turning off and restarting the vehicle, the power steering functionality returns for a variable length of time. This has happened multiple times now with the time between incidents ranging from 5 minutes to several hours. This has happened with speeds ranging from 25 to 75 mph.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #134

Nov 282010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 46,500 miles
I purchased a 2007 Saturn Ion in August 2007. Approx 1-2 months after purchase, my power steering went out almost resulting in a crash with another vehicle. I took my car to the Saturn dealership where I purchased it, and they promptly fixed the problem; so I thought. Nov 28, 2010 I was driving on the eisenhower expressway and my power steering went out again. Because it was early Sunday after thanksgiving there wasn't much traffic. But this incident could have turned tragic. I request that investigation be made into the 2007 Saturn Ion. Even though GM closed this product line (wish I would've knew their plan before my purchase), I would like to think that they would investigate this single incident, as there could be many other consumers with the same experience. Not to mention the potential legal ramifications if it is found that the Ions are defective. If I just got a lemon car...then so be it.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #133

Nov 282010


  • 112,700 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became stiff and the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the contact's residence and parked. The next time the vehicle was started, the power steering functioned normally. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 112,700.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #132

Nov 122010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 67,400 miles


The key gets stuck in the ignition while trying to turn the car on and off. Finally the key is stuck in the on position and the vehicle cannot be turned off. After several attempts, the key comes out while the car is still running and in the on position and the car is not in park. After several repairs, the ignition housing continues to fail. The car can easily roll off as the key comes out and the vehicle is not in park, the key even comes out while the car is driving or in drive. The only way to shut the car off is to manually remove the wire harness from the battery located under the steering column.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #131

Oct 122010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 41,956 miles
1. driving normally on surface streets 2. power steering failed; very difficult to steer. Turning car off and then back on made power steering work for a few minutes, but failed again.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #130

Oct 082010


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel became stiff. The contact pulled over and turned the vehicle off. Upon restart, the power steering was functional. The vehicle had not been examined or repaired. The failure occurred intermittently and was becoming progressively worse. The current and failure mileages were approximately 115,000.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #129

Mar 012010

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
Power steering goes off on it's own while driving my 2007 Saturn Ion. Use to occur few times a week now happens almost everytime while driving. When the car is turned off than turned back on the power steering returns to normal for a few miles till it goes off again. Thought I had seen a recall on searching online but when I called GM dealership (Saturn's out of business) they claimed there has never been a recall on Saturn Ion 2007 for power steering. Have seen online other customers with same problem and considering car only 3yrs old and only 47,000 miles and that it goes away when car turned off and back on that it might be some kind of computer error or something. Every difficult to steer when it does go off and dealership wants $125 for diagnostic & up to $600 to correct error.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #128

Sep 292010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 59,300 miles


My 2007 Saturn Ion's power steering has begun to shut itself off at random times while driving and it can be very dangerous since the few times it has I have either been on the interstate or driving on winding roads without the ability to easily turn. Also, the key locks up in the ignition and I have to turn it on, move the vehicle and turn it off again for it to allow me to fully turn off and pull out the key. Also the wheel bearing have begun to make a loud squeaking noise.

- Robinson, TX, USA

problem #127

Sep 232010


  • miles
I was driving and all of a sudden my power steering quit working. I was able to pull into a store, and shut off my car. I started it back up and it worked fine for a couple of weeks, but it just happened again.

- Searcy, AR, USA

problem #126

Sep 172010


  • 51,603 miles
My power steering keeps going out while driving. If I turn the car off it resets itself but it usually happens 3 to 4 times a day.

- Bandon, OR, USA

problem #125

Sep 102010


  • 79,500 miles
After starting the car and driving for a few minutes the power steering gets really hard to steer, and the power steering light turns on in the instrument panel. If the vehicle is turned off then turn on the power steering works but after another few minutes the steering gets hard again. This occurs everyday. I have not replaced nothing to fix this problem yet. I was hoping to find a recall on my vehicle. I have researched online and it seems that many Saturn Ion's have this same problem. This makes for dangerous driving especially when making a turn and suddenly the power steering stops working.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #124

Aug 152010


  • 50,000 miles
I have had trouble with wheel locking and trouble turning. I also was told by Firestone that I need to have my steering intermediate shaft replaced. This should be recalled because it is manufacturer's fault. I should not have to pay for this on a 2007 Saturn Ion. The mechanic also told me several cars have come in with same problem. I called Saturn and Chevrolet dealers to ask about recalls and was informed that other models for Saturn have been recalled for power steering problems but not the Ion and it is same problem. This is a major safety issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #123

Sep 082007

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,940 miles
The power steering fails randomly without warning on my 2007 Saturn Ion. It failed 3 times today. It would reset if you restart the car, but the steering becomes so tight that.

- Lehighton, PA, USA

problem #122

Jul 272010


  • 91,273 miles
Traveling eastbound on I-94, mile marker 41. Loss of steering control. Vehicle crash.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #121

Aug 302010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power steering. There was a power steering light that illuminated during the failure. She noticed that it was extremely difficult to turn into a parking space as a result. The contact turned off the vehicle and restarted it. When she restarted it, the failure seemed to have corrected itself. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 36,500. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #120

Jun 192010


  • 78,000 miles
My power steering in my Saturn Ion went out when I was driving about 55 mph. When trying to get off the highway, I had no power steering at all and hit a guard rail. I turned the car off and restarted it after collecting myself. The powere steering worked just fine. The following day the same thing happened, was running fine then, no power steering again. This time it never came back. I have seen many recalls for GM cars that have the same power steering system. Why not for the Saturn. It is just an accident waiting to happen. I have been researching this on line and have found many others with the same issue that have a Saturn. Sounds like a defective part to me!

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #119

Aug 042010


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 55 mph, the power steering light illuminated and less then a minute later the power steering wheel locked. The wheel was very difficult to turn and the contact was able to drive onto the emergency lane. When the vehicle was turned off and then back on it began to drive normally. The dealers diagnostic test indicated that she needed a power steering motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 112000.

- Plainview, TX, USA

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