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:
20,000 miles

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2004 Saturn Ion wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 282005

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Inside of rim on 2004 Ion 3 broke off breaking seal to tire while traveling on highway causing a flat tire. Rim was cast by design.

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 202004

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We are concerned about the safety of our Saturn Ion. We purchased it in 2004, and we have had three bent aluminum wheels and now we have a broken wheel. We have brought it back numerous times to be fixed to space coast Saturn, where we purchased our Saturn only to here each time that they are not going to repair our Saturn because it is not their fault, it is ours. We are very concerned about our safety while riding in the car with our three children. I am afraid that we could have a blow out and someone could be hurt.

- Palm Bay , FL, USA

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