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10.0

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 1 of 18)

problem #358

Aug 122015

Ion

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking fuel and smelled most of the time. The check engine light remained illuminated and the vehicle did not start at the first attempt. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures, but did not offer any assistance. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failures were not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 125,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #357

Feb 022015

Ion

  • 78,000 miles
Power steering goes in and out very dangerous to drive or control ignition switch repaired this is just as dangerous models Pontiac G and Chevy cobalts have same power steering module and were recalled not Saturn models.

- Palos Heights, IL, USA

problem #356

Oct 042014

Ion

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the steering wheel became inoperable while the battery warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 160,000.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #355

Mar 302016

Ion

  • 185,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A general motor recall has been issued in the past for a loss of power steering only on certain vehicles in the past year. A problem is corrosion of the electric power steering module and the torque sensor connector may cause a loss of the power steering. This will cause greater operating power by the driver under low speed driving and causes a greater chance of an accident or death because the difficulty in driving a vehicle effected by this problem. GM has made this a recall to be fixed in the dealer, but only certain vehicles, the Saturn Ion was involved, and I had it corrected, but what I experienced before, is back again, and I believe the power steering assist is defective again. Many recalls in the past have been reoccurring issues with vehicles, and this may be another one.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #354

Mar 112016

Ion

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at low speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electric power steering assist needed to replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #353

Jan 122016

Ion

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering warning light illuminated and the power steering failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that there was an intermittent electronic control module failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000...updated 03/22/16

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #352

Oct 152010

Ion

  • 76,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 35 mph and attempting to avoid a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway, the ignition key became jarred and moved to the off position, which caused the vehicle to stall without warning. The contact attempted to switch lanes; however, the steering wheel seized and the brakes failed to function when the pedal was depressed. The contact stated that the vehicle crashed into the rear of the parked vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There was no police report filed. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, shoulder, and lower back that required medical attention. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Indiannapolis, IN, USA

problem #351

Oct 272015

Ion

  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 5 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 11,000.

- Marion, OH, USA

problem #350

Jul 012015

Ion

  • 50,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While in park, the steering wheel seized and a power steering warning message was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the power steering control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,900.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #349

Jul 252015

Ion

  • 84,000 miles
There is a bosh/cdr report from esis of General Motors outlining the data received from the crash for non-deployment of the airbag. Mr. Segovia of GM stated that the airbag should not have deployed based on the statistic from this report. I do not believe what he has stated. I need a review of the report for compliance regarding the non-deployment of the airbag to my 2007 Saturn Ion. GM through esis has refused to surrender the report to the defected seatbelts. My General Motors pending claim #816261. I have noticed andrew segovia, esq., Ms. Mary T. barra, CEO, Mr. Daniel ammann, president of GM regarding the second half of the claim of the defaulted/recall of the power steering during the crash. Mr. Segovia has confirmed esis's email stating that there was a power steering recall/defect to my car VIN number and remained open. There was the debris on the highway that caused the accident and then there was the defected power steering problem with my 2007 Saturn Ion which caused the crash. I was never notified of this recall by GM. The defaulted power steering caused the crash. In the outset of this claim, General Motors was aware that the power steering of the vehicle was inoperable. I tried to turn the steering wheel so that the vehicle would not crash into the rail guard but failed. I could not steer the vehicle. If I would have been notified of the power steering recall and defect, the car would have been repaired and operable at the time the car crashed. But General Motors defected power steering caused me to have no control of the power steering of the vehicle away from the rail guard so the car would not crash into the rail guard. The power steering was inoperable and as a result caused the crash. I am awaiting a response back from General Motors in the resolution/settlement of this matter as well and other information regarding the loaner vehicle.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #348

Sep 042015

Ion

  • 44,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When parking my car at a very low speed, my car suddenly lost power steering which made it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. Luckily, I was able to park my car.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #347

Jun 062015

Ion

  • 4,046 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While reversing out of the garage, the steering wheel seized and the power steering light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,046.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #346

Sep 162014

Ion

  • miles
In September 2014, the power steering on my 2007 Saturn Ion went out. I had it towed to a dealership and had the power steering motor replaced under a recall. The power steering went out again a few days later but came on again after a day. I took it to a different dealership and they were unable to find a problem. The problem occurred again in June 2015 and happened twice in four days. I took it back to the dealership that did the original power steering motor repair and was told that the power steering column had failed and that the column was not affected by the massive 2014 recall. The repair is going to cost $950. I am skeptical, particularly after reading several similar complaints, that this is not a systemic problem and it could be a serious safety issue if the power steering fails while driving.

- Marshall, MI, USA

problem #345

Mar 232015

Ion 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
I started the car and heard the chimes and saw a message appear where the odometer mile appears - power steering. I was parked in between two cars and I had no power steering. It seemed to go out. The car was very hard to maneuver to backup in between the two cars and into the shoulder lane. I was close to hitting one of the park cars. Once in the shoulder lane I turn car off and restarted the car. The car went back to power steering. I had taken the car for the recall back in October and the problem was supposedly fix when I complained that above the 60 mph I was loosing control of the steering wheel. I called Saturn customer service today and at first gave me a no saying the problem had been fixed. I explained to them that they were deceiving the customers by putting a quick fix on the issue and not completely resolving the issue. Analogy of a bandaid on a deep wound. Unfortunately, I need my car and need to drive it but I am scared for my family safety. I am taking it back tomorrow to the dealership to diagnose the issue again. I hope they make it right this time around.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #344

Feb 202015

Ion

  • 146,000 miles
The intermediate steering shaft seized resulting in loss of electronic assisted steering and failure of steering wheel to return to center. This is the same issue that has was recalled in the Chevrolet cobalt and Pontiac G5 of the same model years which use identical parts, but the Saturn Ion was inexplicably excluded from the recall.

- Palos Park, IL, USA

problem #343

Nov 012014

Ion

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the power steering seized. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included on the campaign. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Bellmawr, NJ, USA

problem #342

Feb 062015

Ion

  • 134,760 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who diagnosed that the steering fuse needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 134,760.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #341

Feb 152014

Ion

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While attempting to park the vehicle, the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering suspension and the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Roseland, NJ, USA

problem #340

Mar 172014

Ion

  • 77,195 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the power steering and alarm warning lights illuminated and a chime sounded. There was also a total loss of power steering. The vehicle was pulled over and the contact noticed that the steering strut was fractured. The power steering column failed and was replaced. The failures recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who diagnosed code C0550 (failure of power steering assembly). The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure was related to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 77,195.

- Dallastown, PA, USA

problem #339

Dec 192014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 114,395 miles
While driving on city streets at approx. 25 miles an hour the steering wheel disengaged from the steering mechanism. This was very frightening for my daughter. The vehicle was pushed into a parking lot. We spoke with the manufacture and we were told to that the vehicle did not have any recalls that were outstanding. We had the vehicle towed to the the nearest dealership to be evaluated. We were told that the steering coupling was broken and needed to be replaced. This we had done. We were very fortunate that this did not occur while driving on the freeway. The complete disconnection of the steering from the rest of the vehicle is something gravely serious. This something that the NHTSA should look into.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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