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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 9 of 18)

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problem #198

Jul 172011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


The electronic power steering continually fails resulting in dangerous driving conditions. This should have been included in the earlier recall for cobalts as the parts are identical.

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #197

Oct 062011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 42,504 miles
The GM dealer advised that the steering column needed to be replaced. I contacted General Motors because they had sent an earlier letter saying there could be a problem with the power steering element. The district representative subsequently advised that they do not know why my steering column needs to be replaced (e.g. cracked, leaking, corroded, whatever) but they do know it is not the power steering element. The representative did say that GM would pay for the parts but I would have to pay for the labor. I asked him to send me this in writing so I'd have it to take to the dealer but have not been able to get this despite follow-up messages left for the rep. It does seem there is an issue with the steering columns of this particular Saturn model but I guess I'll just have to wait until the power steering fails to get GM to do the right thing.

- Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #196

Oct 312011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I was on my way home when I turned on my street at about 15 mph, the warning light came on and the power steering went out. I had a hard time turning into my drive. I worry about what would happen if I were on a busy highway and this happened.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #195

Oct 312011


  • 27,300 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 35 mph when the power steering warning light flashed illuminated with a failure of the power steering assist. The steering became extremely difficult and the contact shut the vehicle off. The power steering assist resumed normal operation once the vehicle was restarted. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 27,300.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #194

Sep 262011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Power steering goes out approximately 10 to 15 minutes into driving with warning bell and error "pwr str" on the dash indicator. When I restart the car, power steering returns for another 10 to 15 minutes and fails again. This will continue as long as I drive the car.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #193

Oct 222011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 44,500 miles
Driving 2007 Saturn Ion recently, on interstate 25 and the steering power light came on, I was traveling at about 70 miles an hour and the steering wheel stiffened rapidly. I was able to guide the car to the shoulder of the interstate and look in the manual for help. I did what the manual instructed, by turning the steering wheel both directions several times to loosen the grip. On a four hour road trip I had to stop several times to "loosen the steering wheel". nearly caused on accident once I was back in my hometown, driving 25 miles an hour and the steering wheel tightened again and it was quite hard to redirect the car.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #192

Oct 212011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 125,013 miles


Turn on car and within 2 minutes the power steering goes out while driving. The power steering light comes on. There is a "special warranty" that cover those with less than 100,000 miles. With the number of complaints on the power steering and the dangers associated with the power steering going out while driving, this should be a recall. My car is currently being fixed and I don't feel that I should have to pay to fix something defective when the GM should fix it. I need to know who I need to talk to for a resolution!

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #191

Apr 012011


  • 60,000 miles
While driving on the expressway a warning light came on informing loss of power steering. Was able to get to the next exit and called for assistance. Problem still occurs on a daily basis. Lack of power steering has caused moderate cosmetic damage to the vehicle. Quite concerned about upcoming winter months and navigating treacherous conditions without the assistance of power steering. Price of labor and part for a known and well documented faulty part is unreasonable for average Saturn Ion owner.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #190

Oct 062011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 55,680 miles
Approximatley 3 weeks ago the power steering in our 07 Saturn Ion just went out while my wife was driving. The power steering light also came on. She was traveling at approximately 45 mph and was fortunately able to maintain control. Upon doing some research we found the complaints in regards to the system. Since that initial occurence the car is now constantly losing the power steering. It obviously appears electrical as the power steering is this model is electric. I have checked all fuses and connections and all are intact. It goes out constantly now while driving. The car was primarily for our college age daughter who now is uncomfortable driving it and I am uncomfortable allowing her to drive as well.. based on the number of complaints filed and the obvious problem with the sister models I believe this warrants a recall. I also own an 05 Saturn Ion and have not had issues but am concerned about it. Thanks for your consideration.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #189

Oct 152011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 30,023 miles
I was driving through the neighborhood at approx. 15 mph when the alert chime, pwr steering display and the actual power steering went out. The car jolted as if I had been rear ended and I had to pull over. Luckily no one was on the road; steering was difficult. I managed to turn around, headed home and turned off the engine. When I restarted the engine, power steering was fully functional. I drove to the store as originally intended and it went out again as I was turning into the parking lot. Same issue - fully functional when I turn the car off then back on then goes out as I am driving. I researched this online and have read multiple complaints regarding the same issue. Is this mechanical failure being recalled? it doesn't sound like it is a vehicle maintenance issue. Someone needs to issue a recall on the power steering.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #188

Oct 032011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 116,442 miles


Power steering warning light and alarm sounded followed by an immediate loss of poser steering. Restarting the car reset the power steering but only for a couple minutes. At low speeds the vehicle is "extremely" difficult to steer.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #187

Sep 232011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 74,100 miles
Power steering failed without notice while driving. Upon restarting car, power steering restored, but this happens every couple of days.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #186

Sep 252011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 42,100 miles
Power steering goes out approximately 10 to 15 minutes into driving with warning bell and error pwr stg on the dash indicator. When I restart the car, power steering returns for another 10 to 15 minutes and fails again. This will continue as long as I drive the car.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #185

Sep 152011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 92,760 miles
Driving down the highway and the power steering light came on, all of sudden, could not steer car at all. Had to pull over in traffic. When I turned car off and waited a minute and then turned it back on it seemed to work fine.

- Lincoln City, OR, USA

problem #184

Sep 122011

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a beeping followed by the power steering failed. The contact stated that the wheel was almost impossible to turn. The vehicle had to be turned off and restarted several times before the steering returned. The vehicle was not inspected. The failure and current mileages were 50,000. The steering has gone out 5 more times since the September incident. Updated 11/03/2011

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #183

Sep 012010

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
The key stuck in the ignition switch, in the run position. I could not shut the car off. I had to disconnect the battery from the computer assembly to shut the car off. Fortunately, at the time, the car was under warranty. If I would have had to pay for the repair through the dealer, the cost would have been in excess of $500. I am filing this complaint because, now, a year later and after the car is out of warranty, it is displaying the same symptoms (difficulty removing key from ignition after shutting engine off) as were experienced before the ignition lock assembly failed last time. This problem, after much on-line research, is an issue with Saturn from 2005-2007. As most individuals noted that they experienced the same problem, six months or more after replacing the ignition lock cylinder, through their dealership. Mechanics are noting that the assembly is faulty, in that each time the key is turned small bits of metal from the key are flaking off into the assembly, causing it to lock up, typically in the on position. Thankfully, for me, this incident occurred close to home. This vehicle is no longer under warranty and the repair I am again anticipating will take replacement of the ignition lock assembly. This is something I will be doing myself or seeking the services of a 'shade tree' mechanic, as I do not have the funds to take the vehicle to a GM dealership for repair. Given the number of complaints listed on-line through edmonds and other consumer complaint sites, I feel that GM should be taking responsibility for the faulty parts and a recall should be issued. This poor engineering should not be an out of pocket expense for any consumer. The consumer also stated the power steering failed. The dealer informed the consumer, the steering column needed to be replaced. The consumer learned a recall had been issued. However, GM informed him, the vehicles with electric power steering was covered. The consumer disputed that, saying his vehicle did have electric power steering. Updated 09/29/14

- Cloivs, CA, USA

problem #182

Sep 222011


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact was attempting to exit a parking space but the steering wheel would not budge. The power steering warning light was illuminated at the time of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The current failure was 116,000.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #181

Sep 162011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
My wife was driving the car through town approx. 25-30mph when the dash dinged and showed that there was a problem with the power steering on dash. Car became very hard to turn putting her in potential danger. Once car is turned off and on the problem seems to get reset fro a brief moment.

- Roanoke, IN, USA

problem #180

Sep 102011

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
While traveling on the interstate at 55 miles per hour, an alert displayed on the dash: "pwr str." The wheel jerked and I immediately took the nearest exit. It was very, very difficult to turn the wheel at all around the curve. Since this was the first time this has ever happened to me, I drove slowly and cautiously to the closest auto repair shop. After hooking my car up to their computers, they saw that it was the power steering assist motor that needed to be replaced. I was so grateful that they noticed there was a recall on this part, until I noticed that it said "Canada only." With a little research, this is clearly a common problem with the Ion and it needs to be recalled in the us.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #179

Sep 072011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 40,200 miles
Prior to warranty expiry GM repaired bearings on steering rods at no cost. After warranty expiry rattling started on right front sway bar. Independent inspection showed rod end could be rattled by hand when on hoist. Failure appeared imminent. Sway bar connecting bearings were replaced at owner's cost. Could have caused control problems if these pieces of junk were left uncorrected.

- Regina, ND, USA

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