Notes: Ahh, the 2004 Saturn Ion: defective transmission, deadly ignition switch, temperamental power steering and a cheap plastic exterior that won’t protect you in a crash. What more could you want?

The 2004 Ion was part of GM’s massive ignition switch recall where it was revealed they waited 10 years – and let 13 people die – before doing anything about it. It also features GM’s now infamous VTi continuously variable transmission. Let me tell you, the only thing the VTi did continuously was fail on its owners. GM scrapped it after only two model years.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
600 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. floor shifter not making contact (1 reports)
2004 Saturn Ion accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles


Since the day we purchased the car, brand new, we've had a problem with the ignition key getting stuck. It was returned to the dealer a minimum of 10 times yet they claimed they couldn't find a problem.

Fast forward, problem got worse after recent ignition switch recall and repair, took car back again only this time we have finally received a complete diagnosis of this very annoying problem, and I'm quoting the Chevy dealer who took over the Saturn warranty work, "performed diagnosis and found the switch in the floor shifter is not making contact..." and that is why we can't get the key out after shifting into park.

Shocking, all these years, all the trips back to the original dealer and they couldn't find anything yet the new dealer found it on the first look and therein lies the problem, to fix it they want $500+. This should have been fixed way back when. I find it hard to believe we're the proverbial "Lone Ranger."

- , Largo, FL, USA

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