NHTSA — Fuel System, Other: Delivery: Fuel Pump 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:
23,800 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion fuel system problems

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

May 192008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,800 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. The contact took her vehicle to the service station for routine maintenance. The fuel gauge was not monitoring the fuel, and was indicating that the fuel tank was empty. The fuel sensor was repaired. When the mechanic replaced the fuel sensor, he discovered that the gas pump was corroded and needed to be replaced because it was a fire hazard. The repair of the fuel pump, including diagnostic parts and labor was $900. Saturn customer service department stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V281000 (fuel system, other:delivery:fuel pump). The contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 23,800. Updated 06/17/08. Updated 06/16/08

- Forest Hill, NY, USA

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