Notes: The 2005 Ion still had power steering issues and a defective ignition switch leftover from previous model years, but hey – at least Saturn improved some of its safety rating to marginal, right? Baby steps.

If you had to buy a Saturn Ion – and I would question why anyone would even consider it – I suppose the 2005 could be considered the best of a bad bunch? I mean, GM did finally get rid of that awful VTi transmission, and both the power steering problems and ignition switch defect that plagued owners were recalled. The problem is they waited 10 years to recall the ignition and let over 30,000 warranty claims get filed before they bothered to fix the power steering. So you kind of have to wonder, is GM making these fixes to keep owners safe or just to keep government lawyers from taking all their money? You be the judge.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 112013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


My husband was driving my 05 Saturn Ion 2 quad coupe home from work on the interstate.traffic stopped, came to complete stop vehicle behind did not brake and rear ended my vehicle at roughly 50+ mph causing him to hit another vehicle in turn causing a 6 vehicle accident. The air bags did not deploy causing his head to hit the steering wheel and the driver seat broke in half with him in it landing on the back seat.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 112013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Travelling on 580eb in traffic. Came to a stop, vehicle behind me did not. He was travelling at approx 50mph and demolished my vehicle. My air bags did not deploy and the driver seat bent back to fully reclined position. I sustained neck and upper back injuries.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 232009


  • miles
I was rear ended and shoved into a pickup on 03/23/09 in my 2005 Saturn Ion and air bag did not deploy, seat broke and went all the way back.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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