NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 052010


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. The contact was pulling out of a driveway and the front passenger side wheel came off. The dealer stated that there was a sheet metal part formed into a rectangle shape that is attached to the wheel and the frame working as a type of arm to connect the wheel to the frame. The dealer stated that the part corroded and that caused it to break. The contact was not aware of the specific name of the part at the time of the complaint. The dealer and the police stated that this was the first time they have seen this type of failure. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure and current mileages was 45000.

- Mainville, OH, USA

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