NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems

CarComplaints.com 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152007

Ion 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Metal fatigue on passenger car door of Saturn Ion quad coupe redline, where hinge attaches: The problem occurred over a period of 2 years during which time I would open and close the door each day a minimum of 10-12 times to strap my infant into his carseat. The door metal cracked and began to separate from the rest of the metal, to the point where the door is read to drop off the hinge. I brought the vehicle to a GM dealer in response to a recall on the catalytic converter, at which time I requested them to look at the door. The dealership had never seen anything like it. However, they concluded that it was not their responsibility since they were unable to disprove the door had not been forcefully pushed backwards.

- Houston, TX, USA

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