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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,750 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 252007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The side door panels of car are buckling, distorting and melting....paint is bubbling. Due to extreme heat from the sun reflection off house windows claims Saturn. Damage is totaling almost $3,000 continues to get worse everday and is growing across the car panels. Even though it is still under warranty, Saturn will not pay denying it's a warranty issue. Car has never been in an accident or near any fires...there are no burn marks on car.....everyone says they have never seen anything like it.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142005

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Door panels cracked during extreme heat co worker pointed out that there was a crack on my drivers side passenger side and rear passenger side door the crack on the rear door eventually became a whole chunk vehicle has been in no accidents.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

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