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.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 102005

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. The vehicle was involved in a front end collision on June 10 2005 the vehicle moved across the other side of the road and was hit by two others trucks. These were more of a side impact. It was hit head on by a semi truck the driver was ejected from the vehicle and her husband was killed. He has filed a complaint with the manufacturer. Both occupants were wearing there seat belts. Daughter flew out from under the seat belt of the vehicle, she was the driving. They were going the speed limit, and the roadway was wet. On the police report they listed it as hydroplane. None of the air bags deployed. There was no warning light on prior to the crash. The vehicle was just in the shop for an oil change. There are pictures, police report and repair invoices available for the ODI office. The police report stated that she had done nothing wrong.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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