NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Control Arm: Lower Arm 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,000 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion suspension problems

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 142016


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. While driving 25 mph, the front passenger side wheel became lodged into the wheel well. Upon further investigation, the contact noticed the front lower control arm failed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000. The VIN was not available.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 232006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
2004 Saturn Ion right front tire worn down to metal. Then right front lower arm broke into causing a crash. No corrections were done. Saturn co. Said it wasn't a faulty part. Said part broke when hitting a the curb. Curb was hit because no control of steering.

- Ogden, UT, USA

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