NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,025 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Saturn Ion brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 192004

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


Vehicle vibrated/shook during braking. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who noticed rust on the left rotor, which was turned, and both rear brakes were cleaned and readjusted.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 032004

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Received first Saturn Ion 04 and within one week of purchase car was displaying clear signs of either an electrical or computer problem. Was replaced with a second Ion O4. Noticed a strange clunking sound. Brought car in at 3600 miles, and it was transmission mounts, wheel bearings, axels, and break rotors. Car was returned with a broken piece in the interior, and smelling of burning plastic. I believe that this car is defective, and Saturn refuses to do anything other than make repairs under warranty. I think that I should be issued a refund, due to faulty construction.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

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