Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: With the 2007 model year we finally get to bid adieu to a car famous for poor safety marks, a dangerously defective ignition and power steering that would work … sometimes.


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

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2007 Saturn Ion steering problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 17 of 18)

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problem #38

Mar 102010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) we have owned a 2007 Saturn Ion 4 door for about 2 1/2 years. We bought it new. The car has about 54,000 miles on it now. In the mid 40,000 mile range, whenever we would make many turns (we live in the mountains--few straightaways), the electric power steering started going out. The car can still be steered, but with difficulty. This problem is only gradually getting worse. Upon turning the ignition off and restarting, the power steering works again, although a few turns more, the steering will go out yet again until the motor (or whatever??) cools off. Recently, there was a massive recall re this problem with Chevy cobalts and other near Saturn. I understand the Saturn Ion is basically the same and used the same steering mechanism that has failed with the cobalts and clones. With the above, it would seem reasonable to include the Ions in the recall. This is not an uncommon problem with the Ions as internet traffic confirms. Please include the Ions with this recall. The parts involved are the same and the chances of accidents, or worse, no different. Thank-you, [xxx] ps Saturn customer service states that they are not aware of this problem and that they are not included in the recall. It seems Saturn have been overlooked.

- Big Bear City, CA, USA

problem #37

Dec 282009


  • miles
2007 Saturn Ion has a power steering problem which cause the steering to lock and hard to steer it can not be repaired by putting in power steering fluid, it doesn't work the electrical light appears on the dash. This occurs after only 33,000 miles, and the only way to correct it is to put a new motor module and switch with a repair cost of $997. After surfing the internet, we are one of many who are experiences this problem. I ask if a death has to occur in order for this to become a recall vehicle. Incidentally, my 17 year old daughter was under the wheel when this happen to our car. Please do not let a death happen to have a recall. I will continue writing my congressman, senator and who ever will listen. During my first complaint to the GM company, I had spoken to someone in Canada a sales specialist who inform me that its nothing we can do about it and he had no knowledge of even aware of the vehicle make or model. If anyone get hurt because of this defect, we will take every legal matter necessary. Also, after having the repairs taken care of we had to take it back to have it replaced again after driving it for a week. Another ne power steering module and motor had to be put back on again. Look at your complaints concerning this problem.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #36

Mar 082010


  • 69,700 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 45 mph the contact noticed that the power steering suddenly stopped functioning. After restarting the vehicle the failure corrected itself and the power steering was performing normally. The failure has not been diagnosed. The current and failure mileages were 69800.

- Senoia, GA, USA

problem #35

Mar 092010


  • 66,549 miles


On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, the power steering on my 2007 Saturn turned itself off four times while I was driving home from work. I had to stop and restart my car each time.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #34

Mar 062010


  • 66,500 miles
The power steering on my 2007 Saturn 4S Ion turned off while I was driving four times on Saturday, March 6, 2010. It has happened multiple times in the past two weeks. I pulled over, turned off the engine and restarted the car.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #33

Dec 132009


  • 52,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2007 Saturn Ion - steering: Electronic power assist - GM has recalled this on the cobalt which shares the same exact system with the Saturn Ion aswell as other GM vehicles. My 2007 Saturn Ion is experiencing this defect when I took it to the dealership the mechanic explained that this is a common issue (the power steering system randomly shorts and causes driving hazards) they said it has not been recalled yet but it is seen quite often for all GM vehicles with that system and that it is always 1 of 2 things the eps(electronic power assisted steering) or the steering column. They both have chips which are faulty he explained. Now that my wife and I see that these parts are at someone's attention but not fully we have decided to make this complaint. You may contact us at [xxx] - this problem occurs at random after starting the vehicle and can cause a wreck.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #32

Mar 032010


  • 63,000 miles


My daughter was driving her 2007 Saturn Ion coupe across the ben franklin bridge in philadelphia, pa and the power steering failed. The dashboard light came on and the steering cut out 5 times. It was very difficult to maneuver the car and the steering would temporarily go to power and then back to manual. There is no place to pull over. She stayed calm and was able to get to a safe place to pull over and avoided an accident. We took the car to the dealership for a power steering assist replacement today. The cost was $500. I checked on the internet and apparently this is a common problem since 2004. We bought this car because it had a high safety rating and onstar diagnostics. We contacted onstar to check to see what the problem was with the steering. Onstar apparently does not have access to steering least I would know that she got hurt when it fails again. My question to you is why has this problem been allowed to go on for 6 years. I saw no warning about this when we researched the car. When I made a specific inquiry online, thousands of similar incidents are reported. My daughter is a 20 year old college student..she isn't even done with the payments on the car, yet on a clear day on a routine trip she couldn't keep control of the car. Thank you for your help.

- Clayton, NJ, USA

problem #31

Oct 242009


  • miles
The power steering in my 2007 Saturn Ion would cut out randomly as I drove down the road. This was a serious safety concern for me.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #30

Mar 032010


  • 3,200 miles
2007 Saturn Ion has a really big problem. Power steering goes off 3-5 times a day. Car dashboard rings 3 times and power steering light comes on and cars power steering shuts off. Car has 35000 miles. Called Saturn and was told that there was nothing wrong now with car so I would to repair the car and if enough people complained then they would investigate and make a decision or I could drive the car and when it shuts off pull over and restart the car. This is 2010 not 1920 and I do not accept shut a response for a real safety concern.

- North Chili, NY, USA

problem #29

Aug 012009


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 15 mph the power steering warning light illuminated and she had to use force to drive onto the side of road. She then turned the vehicle on and off when she noticed that the power steering began to work normally. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated that there was nothing wrong with it. She will have an additional diagnostic test performed on the vehicle by another dealer. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 36000 and the current mileage was 45554.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #28

Nov 202009

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at speeds under 20 mph the steering wheel became extremely stiff, without warning. The contact was able to maintain control of the steering wheel when the failure occurred. The dealer replaced the entire steering shaft. The ABS warning light would intermittently illuminate on the instrument panel. The dealer was contacted and advised bringing the vehicle in for diagnosis while the warning light was illuminated. The warning light would only illuminate intermittently and the dealer was unable to produce diagnostic codes without it illuminated. No additional repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were under 15,000. Updated 4/30/10 the consumer stated the repairs were made. Updated 05/10/10

- East Islip, NY, USA

problem #27

Jan 282010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph. The vehicle loss power steering without warning. There was difficulty turning the steering wheel. The engine was turned off. When the engine restarted the vehicle operated normally. The failure occurred intermittently at any given speed rate. The authorized dealer was notified of the malfunction. The repair cost for a power steering motor was $700. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 022010


  • 47,000 miles
Saturn Ion 2007- at random times while driving the power steering assist goes out in the car. It has to be restarted for the pwr str light to go off and work properly. As soon as the light comes on it is extremely difficult to steer. This problem happens daily. It started when my car hit approx. 50000 miles about 3 months ago.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #25

Feb 012010


  • 114,000 miles
2007 Saturn Ion, power steering has gone out three times, restart car, problem goes away. Then comes back again.

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #24

Oct 012009

Ion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I am experiencing problems with the power steering on my 2007 Saturn Ion. When I first start my vehicle it drives normally, but after about 2 minutes the "pwr str" alert appears on the dash and it is very difficult to turn steering wheel. I understand that GM recently put out recalls on other models, but there are problems with the Saturn Ion also. I recently visited a website with many other Saturn owners who are having the same problems.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #23

Mar 022010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
When driving hear a chime and the power steering fails, comes back for a time after the car is shut off and restarted. This will happen sometimes only after one min of drive time others takes a while longer for the power steering to fail and stop working. This has been going on for more then one day I have done research online and found others with the same issue.

- Macon , GA, USA

problem #22

Aug 012009


  • 42,000 miles
Electric power steering is intermittent.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #21

Nov 162009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The power steering has failed intermittently while driving various miles. The power steering light illuminated and then shut off when the contact turned the vehicle on and off. The failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 93,059.

- Mount Wolf, PA, USA

problem #20

Dec 162009


  • 57,000 miles
Power steering just all of a sudden goes out on my Saturn vehicle while in operation. A chime sounds indicating somethings wrong and the power steering indicator comes on the dash board. You loose all power steering function and its nearly impossible to operate the vehicle to maneuver at all, at high speeds, especially when turning it can be deadly as you can't control the wheel and almost break your arm trying and can either hit someone or something. When you read over the user manual it tells you that the vehicle needs to be serviced and refers you to a Saturn location to have the repair completed. Upon visiting the dealership, they can only offer you a costly repair to replace the motor which they can't guarantee that it will ever go out again. This is not safe at all!

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #19

Mar 022010


  • miles
I have a 2007 Saturn Ion and read this morning that you are issuing a recall for the Chevy cobalt and Pontiac pursuit/G5. What concerns me is that you are not recalling the Ion because of a lack of reported issues. I have rallied Ion owners from our main Saturn Ion club sites listed below, what can also be found on these sites is the large number of failures of the power steering on these cars, which is the same part number that has been deemed defective on the cobalt/G5/pursuit. The cobalt/G5/pursuit was based off and engineered from the Saturn Ion and shares the entire drivetrain, steering system and wheel/tire sizes with only very minor differences if any in weight distribution and parts. This is so much so, cobalt suspension parts are often put on Ions. Please do not ignore the Ions in this recall, our cars have been ignored by GM in many other cases such as the cvt transmission, lower control arm bushings, and ignition switch failures.

- Kingsford, MI, USA

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