NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,798 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Saturn Ion engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 082006


  • 24,000 miles


Since Nov. 2,2005 my Saturn Ion of 20,000 mi. Has been taken to the shop 5 times, towed twice. I've had the same problem of no acceleration or drop of speed from 60 mph to 10 or 30 mph while on the freeway. This last visit to the shop they found "powder" in my fuel tank and claims it to be talcum powder. Could this be such a thing or has my car been tampered with? overall I am not satisfied with the customer service and have lost faith in Saturn cars.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202004

Ion 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,597 miles
Vehicle failure which resulted in engine replacement.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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