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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
134,938 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Saturn Ion steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 162016

Ion 2.2L L4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,938 miles


I just purchased this vehicle 2 months' ago. There were no steering problems until today (11/16/16. As I slowed down to make a left turn, there was suddenly NO steering --lost control and coasted off of the road. Luckily, no one was coming, or we would have had a real problem----possibly a head-on! I was extremely scared. I knew I'd lost the steering at that time. I turned off the engine......restarted it and the steering resumed. I can't trust that this will not happen again, though. I want this checked out and fixed at no expense to me. I see there are many problems re: the 2004 Saturn ION. I want to drive this car for many more years. Please help me. Can someone authorize service for this problem here in Boise, Idaho? Vicki Johnson

Update from Nov 20, 2016: I am unsure what step (s) to take now. When I take this car to a dealer, what do I need to tell them, etc? Vicki Johnson

- , Boise, ID, USA

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