NHTSA — Electrical System: Starter Assembly 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:
3,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2004 Saturn Ion - failure to start during very cold weather. Car would not start on separate occasions, in employer's garage, and also in shopping center parking lot. When I called the dealer service department, they knew all about the problem and said it was my starter which will cost over $150 to repair.

- Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 222004

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
3 days in a row 2004 Saturn Ion 2 won't start. After waiting 10 min I tried again and it started. This only happens when it is cold our temp.have been averaging -4 to 13 degress.will be going into the dealers tues.there should be a recall on the pass lock sensor since I have read on another site about all the problems this is causing with Saturn not starting.

- Peabody, MA, USA

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