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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 14 of 18)

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problem #98

Jul 102010


  • 31,110 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact heard a warning chime and noticed that the power steering warning light was illuminated. Within seconds, the power steering assist failed and the steering wheel became increasingly difficult to steer. The contact was able to make an appointment with the dealer for diagnostic testing and repairs. The failure mileage was 31,110 and the current mileage was 31,120.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #97

Jul 082010


  • 67,400 miles
Car will not shut off, after contacting dealer was advised to disconnect the wiring harness from the battery. Wheel sporadically locks up while driving which can causes you to loose control of the vehicle. No warning lights come on at all. Previously had this same issue with power steering in December which went out and almost caused an accident. GM has recalled several vehicles for this same safety hazard however did not include Saturn in the recall.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #96

Jun 062010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 46,121 miles
VIN # [xxx] 2007 Saturn Ion has a power steering problem. The power steering motor is a defective part and GM is aware of the problem in these vehicles and they aren't doing anything about this. I haven't had a crash or anything like that yet but the powersteering just goes out when U are driving making it hard to turn or steer. My name is [xxx] my number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #95

Jul 082010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 67,400 miles


I get to work today and I can't cut off my 2007 Saturn Ion. Contact the dealership and only remedy provided is to dangerously disconnect the wire harness under the wheel from the battery to turn the car off and then pay $300-500 dollars to have it repaired with no reason why it failed or that it won't go out again. This is dangerous and the parts are defective and should be recalled by Saturn.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #94

Jul 072010


  • 41,538 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Saturn Ion. When the contact started the vehicle she saw a pwrstr code illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle functioned normally when she drove it, however, after she turned it off and restarted it the power steering failed completely. The dealer was notified and stated that there were no recalls related to steering. He also stated that the vehicle would be repaired at the her expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 41,538.

- Glenellyn, IL, USA

problem #93

Jun 022010


  • 60,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel with a loss of power steering. The contact was able to continue in operation. The failure occurred intermittently and progressed over a period of time when traveling at any speed. The failure could be temporarily corrected whenever the engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to locate the cause of failure. The contact was in the process of taking the vehicle to a an authorized dealer to be repaired. The failure mileage was 60,500.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #92

Jul 042010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 54,820 miles


Power steering keeps cutting out of my 2007 Saturn Ion. Makes it hard to steer.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #91

Jul 032010


  • 37,393 miles
Power steering fails. The power steering quits working while driving making the vehicle operate w/O the aid of power steering. This is a safety issue if a driver had to make a sudden turn to avoid a road obstruction of another car.

- Fairmont Wv, WV, USA

problem #90

Jun 142010


  • 54,000 miles
I want to file a complaint about the power steering motor on the 2007 Saturn Ion. I have read about many people complaining about this particular motor but they recalled the other automobiles that used the same one but not the Saturn. This is very dangerous and will cause someone to get seriously injured due to a malfunction part.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #89

May 282010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While traveling at 45 mph, the contact noticed a warning chime followed by the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the power steering hose was replaced. The failure recurred within one month. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Colfax, LA, USA

problem #88

Jun 142010


  • 90,800 miles


2007 Saturn Ion 2 power steering motor failure, the power steering motor stops working causing the steering to lock up. This has been recalled on the on the Chevy cobalt for 05 to 2010. Also on the Pontiac G5 for the same years, the Saturn is using the same part numbers.the car has lost steering coming around a mountain curve that has a sever drop off fortunately was on the opposite side of road. Saturn will not cover these in a recall.

- Whitwell, TN, USA

problem #87

Jun 152010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While traveling at 30 mph, the contact noticed that the str and bwr lights illuminated. Within seconds, the vehicle steering became extremely tight and difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The current and failure mileages were 35,000.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #86

Jun 222010


  • 51,000 miles
Normal driving. Power steering quits working, car becomes hard to steer. Stopped car, shut car off, restarted car, problem goes away for a while.

- Manawa, WI, USA

problem #85

Jun 182010


  • 35,000 miles
I have a Saturn 2007 Ion with 35,000 miles on it. Driving down the road I had a chime and a light go on that read pwr str. Went to make a sharp turn and I could not steer my car!! if there had been a car there I would have crashed with 2 small children in the car. Went home and read on internet to find out where the power steering fluid and goes and found out that there is no fluid. After reading I found out that it happens to all Saturn after so many miles!!! they recalled the Chevy for the same problem but not the Saturn. You can turn off and on and it's fixed for the time being but always happens a couple times a day. Please make GM recall the Saturn before someone gets hurt!!

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #84

Nov 112009


  • 45,000 miles
While driving vehicle the power steering cuts out. This began happening periodically once or twice a month but now is happening all the time. It is now cutting out about every 5 minutes or more which makes the car very difficult and dangerous to drive and impossible for my wife to drive. When it initially happened I brought the car to the dealership and was told it would cost about $500 because the electric motor of the power steering is bad (shorting out) and it is no longer covered under warranty. At the time the car had about 45,000 miles on it.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #83

May 182010


  • 57,000 miles
I drive a 2007 Saturn Ion, and from what I can tell online this is a huge problem that GM has and it has not been resolved or recalled. I got home from work and went to turn the key off and it would not turn off. The key was stuck. I have talked to several GM dealers and they all say it's a well known problem but still expect me to pay around 500 dollars to fix it. I would understand if this was normal wear and tear but it's not. This is something that is defective and known about. GM either made these intentionally this way to scam in money or really screwed up and should fix it. This could of gone a lot differently what if the car would of locked up while driving and locked out the steering wheel? something needs to be done about this and I don't know if it is all Saturn or just the Ion model but it seems to be something that has gone on for sometime. As tax payers we bailed them out of financial problems and this is how we are repaid and treated. Please make GM do a recall on the Saturn ignitions immediately. I have a 10 month old and stuff like this scares me.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #82

Jun 032010


  • miles
Power steering assist for 2007 Saturn Ions needed replaced. The dealer said that it was not on recall list but this is the same unit they use in a number of GM cars that as the same part on a recall list on March 10,2010. I would like to know why they all have GM parts.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #81

May 232010


  • 68,000 miles
I will be driving, both on side streets and the highway and my power steering will go out with no warning.

- Robbinsdale, MN, USA

problem #80

May 292010


  • 38,466 miles
Power steering went out on 2007 Saturn Ion. 1st time: Going 30-35 miles an hour merging into another lane, about to turn left when steering became difficult to manage and the indicator light for the power steering came on the dashboard. 2nd time: Going around 30 miles an hour, taking a sharp left curve when steering went out again and was very difficult to make the turn, indicator light came on. Both instances caused an very dangerous, unpredictable situation. Vehicle was taken to dealer where they replaced a failed power steering assist motor. Not covered by recall or warranty.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #79

Jun 062010


  • 36,473 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that intermittently while driving at various speeds, the power steering warning light would illuminate followed by a warning chime. The dealer replaced the electronic power steering motor and advised the contact that they were aware of the steering failures in the vehicle but there were no recalls. The VIN was not accepted. The failure and current mileages were 36,473.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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