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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

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 7 of 18)

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problem #238

Jul 072012


  • 61,388 miles


I was driving home on Saturday night and I heard a chime noise and the power steering light appeared, I pulled over to the side of the road and turned the car off and turned it back on the light went off and didn't come back on. Well driving on the freeway this afternoon, I had to pull over 3 times to get the light to go off but the 3rd time it didn't go off. I was able to continue to drive my car. This is my only vehicle and I am a college student that really needs their vehicle. Could someone please assist me with this matter.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #237

Jun 302012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 36,336 miles
I was driving down a highway. The dash chimed 3 times, a display came up that said power steering. At that point the power steering was gone just as I was entering a curve. I hit the grass in the medium then corrected. I drove about 4 miles down the road to a quick oil change place. Got the fluids changed and topped off. They reset the light in the dash back to normal. That is when I was informed the power steering was enclosed and couldn't add power steering fluid. I started the car back up the steering was working again. So I drove back toward home again. Got about 4 miles down the road and it happened again.

- Harrison, TN, USA

problem #236

Apr 112012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Within 2 minutes of driving my 2007 Saturn Ion the power steering fails. This problem happens every time I drive. If I restart my vehicle the same thing happens, the power steering fails within 2 minutes. I then have to manually steer my vehicle for the duration of my trip.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #235

May 102012


  • 75,417 miles


Continuing instances of power steering failure causing extreme difficulty in manuvering the vehicle.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #234

May 302012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 55,235 miles
Multiple power steering failures and consistent power steering warnings. Stopped the engine and restarted but the power steering failed again within minutes. Power steering motor not yet replaced under GM power steering assist bulletin 10187.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #233

May 202012


  • 40,000 miles
Sudden loss of power steering assist and trouble light came on. Worked fine after turned off and on again. Could still steer but very hard when power steering failed.

- San Dieog, CA, USA

problem #232

May 022011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Power steering assist ceases to function. A chime occurs, and a message "pwr str" appears on the odometer.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #231

May 122012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 37,750 miles
I was driving down the street and all of the sudden the car was acting funny and not driving normally. Then the pwr str light came on. I pressed my onstar button and asked them to run a diagnostic check. It came back with nothing. I proceeded to the store I was going to. When I went back to the car and turned it on the steering wheel / column was loose and drove normally for about a minute. After that there was a beep and the pwr str light came on again and it was very difficult to steer.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #230

May 112012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 92,058 miles
Today while taking a left on to my road my breaks felt as if they had gone soft and spongy and it was hard to stop. After realizing this problem my vehicle's dash started beeping and the words pwr str flashed on my dash and while turning into the road my steering wheel would not turn normal. It was very hard to turn into my road almost resulting in a crash. Luckily a crash did not happen. I had one other person in the car with me. This result could have resulted in a wreck risking the lives of everyone in the car. As I had difficulty pulling into my driveway I shut the vehicle off and turned it back on resulting in the wheel turning normally. I took my car around the block to see if it were to happen again and it had. I did make it safely home after that due to the fact I took a back road. I feel that the investigation to recall the power steering in the Ions should be in affect due to the abundance of complaints about this specific problem. I do not see the reason it has not already been accomplished. For those looking to buy a Saturn Ion, these vehicles have problems and I would not recommend anyone with or without children to own a vehicle as dangerous as this one. Thank you.

- Wellston, OH, USA

problem #229

Nov 172011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was on my honeymoon in orlando, fl. On Nov. 17th, 2011 when it went out the first time. I discovered that when I turned the vehicle off and started it again, that the power steering would return to proper operation. Since that day, it has been intermittent. No typical timing or environmental situation, just randomly stop working. It did that for several months until 3 weeks ago when it would shut off 5 minutes after starting the vehicle every time. Now, it does nothing, it never comes on. I checked both fuses and being in the vehicle industry myself, I know that a fuse, relay, or circuit breaker just dies. I feel that if it were the fuse, it would not only work sometimes but it would not work at all. I am expecting the manufacturer to replace this. As this is my 3rd Saturn and I had well over 200K on the other 2 with no problems at all.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #228

Apr 222012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


While merging into freeway traffic on the 210W in irwindale, ca, we experienced moderate loss of steering control. The yellow engine light was on, but there was no warning beep and the pwr str light did not activate. With difficulty we were able to maintain control of the vehicle, though there was a definite increase in risk of collision. We intend to run diagnostics on the engine control computer and the steering motor.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #227

Feb 082012


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 10 mph when the power steering warning light illuminated as the vehicle lost power abnormally. The contact had to shut off and restart the vehicle in order to correct the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #226

Mar 312012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60 miles
While traveling at various speeds the power steering indicator on dash comes on and loss of power steering. As I pull over and turn off engine, then crank it returns to normal function. It is happening more frequent with out a notice and is very dangerous especially if going through a curve with only one or two hands on steering wheel.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #225

Mar 012012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
First off the car started sputtering, when stopped to fill with gas wont restart for several minutes, has just died in the middle of traffic for no reason. Main concern now is the constant loss of power steering, first happened to my wife on the interstate with our 2 young grandchildren at 65 to 70 miles an hour, it just quit working scared the crap out of her she has 3 heart attacks already and am very surprised it didn't happen then!!! it has been getting more and more constant as of late, every 10 to 15 minutes if your lucky sometimes a lot quicker, you have to turn the car off then it woks however many minutes then makes a clicking noise then the alarm chimes and boom no steering again. The Chevy cobalt (same steering unit and Pontiac G6) have had recalls for this exact problem so why hasn't GM stepped up to the plate and fixed these crappy Ion 3's.

- Mt. Clare, WV, USA

problem #224

Mar 092012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
On 9 March 2012, at approximately 0900 hours while traveling on the interstate, my 2007 Saturn Ion displayed the warning message/error code "pwr str" and immediately lost power steering assist. I was forced to reduce speed and, using all my upper body strength to wrench the steering wheel to the right, pulled the car to the breakdown lane on the right side of the road. This was extremely difficult without power steering. I turned the car off, read through my owner's manual, and restarted the vehicle. It ran without issue for approximately 10 miles before the code again appeared and I again lost power steering. This situation has rapidly progressed to a nightmare; the car runs for 15 to 30 minutes and then loses power steering. Turning the car off and restarting it is no longer sufficient; once it first loses the power steering, it will not run for more than 5 minutes without losing power steering again. GM informed me that there is no official recall, and therefore I would have to fund the repairs myself; the rough estimate was $1,000 in parts and labor. Research online shows that GM allegedly sent out a notice regarding this issue, however I can honestly attest that I never received any such notification, and had the steering not failed on my vehicle, I would never have been aware of it. Currently, I cannot use the car at all because it poses a serious danger to myself and others. As an active duty member of the armed forces, this is just absolutely unacceptable and jeopardizes my career.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #223

Feb 252012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 27,900 miles
Within the last month, this vehicle has begun to experience power steering failures at random intervals. As you are driving, the pwr str light will come on and the power steering itself will fail. This happens at random times, occurring several times on some days, and other times going several days with no occurrence. Upon failure, if you turn off the engine, and restart the car, the steering will work again. There is no set speed for this occurrence either. I've had it happen on the freeway at full speed, (60mph) and at other times in parking lots where I'm doing 5 to 10mph. I am filing this report because my research has led me to believe this is not an uncommon problem, not only with Saturn, but with other GM products as well.

- Burlington, WA, USA

problem #222

Mar 182012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
Yesterday afternoon I was driving on our main city road, going 35-40mph. What sounded like the seat belt alarm went off a few times, then all of a sudden the power steering went out. The same thing happened again on the same day as I was backing out of a driveway. It seems to be a sporadic issue because it didn't happen again last night. Not wanting to take any chances, I dropped the car off at my local mechanics last night....just got the call from him that the car needs a new steering motor. This could be an extremely dangerous event and the car should be recalled. I'm a 47 yr old woman with ms and it's nearly impossible for me to take a turn when the power steering is out.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #221

Sep 202011

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the powering steering warning light illuminated as the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was 78,500 and the current mileage was 80,388. Updated 03/27/12 updated 03/30/12

- Stevens Point , WI, USA

problem #220

Mar 052012


  • 83,000 miles
Power steering loss while moving. Two occurrences: At 35-40mph and at 25-30mph. Total loss of power steering. Engine must be shut off and restarted to regain function. While there is a current recall on 2005-10 Chevrolet cobalts and 2007-10 Pontiac G5S, N.H.T.S.a. you fail to follow though with Saturn. GM has issued a letter stating that Ions, too, were affected.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #219

Feb 162011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The power steering just went out.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

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