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:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,104 miles

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2005 Saturn Ion seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Mar 032014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 100,984 miles


We bought our 2005 Saturn Ion used Sept. 4, 2012, (87,812) before even could take off lot they had to install an ignition cylinder and cut new key, and the throttle was stuck could press all the way to floor, and would only get up to about 20mph. This was also fixed. (or so we thought). Since our purchase, we still have trouble with the key getting stuck, it not turning off with car still running, or the car won't start, it happens so much that our daughter who drives it just figures that's they way it's suppose to be, because when take back to dealer either it won't do it for them or doesn't do it for a month or so. Now the warranty has ran out so if it happens again they told us we had to take care of, well it happened again today, she parked would not shut off, called dealership, they can't do anything because GM hasn't given them recall yet! was in accident on Jan. 2, 2014 front end air bags did not deploy! not sure why not!!! this July was coming home and driving down road car just shut off while driving about 30mph and had to manually try to get car off road without hurting car or anyone else's car, after sometime got car to start again and got it home, called dealership their response if happens again bring it in. And still to this date sometimes her throttle will stick, as a parent I'm holding my breath every time she leaves our drive in this vehicle. Please help soon.

- Robinson, IL, USA

problem #6

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 #5

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 #4

Feb 172011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 160 miles


No airbags came out of a inback on passenger door or anywhere in the car.

- Lombardy, 00, USA

problem #3

Jun 032008


  • miles
Malfunctioning airbags. The airbag of our 2005 Saturn Ion 3 coupe did not deploy during a serious accident. The front of the vehicle was crushed and it slidon its side. By miracle, the driver was not killed, or seriously injured.

- Falls Church , VA, USA

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problem #2

Mar 162007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
I hit the rear of a truck hard enough that my radiator was crushed against my engine block. However, the airbags in my car did not deploy at all. I know I had to have hit the truck in front of me somewhere between 20 and 50 mph. We are still waiting to hear back from our doctor to see if my wife and I are ok, and I have not had my car repaired yet for I am still waiting for the car insurance company. If this is normal I would like to know at what point were the airbags in a 2005 Saturn Ion type 1 suppose to deploy in a front end collision.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 202006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
: the contact stated that the front driver air bag did not deploy during a frontal impact which occurred while driving 45 mph. There was pre-impact braking and the seat belt was worn. The airbag warning light was not illuminated prior to the crash. The driver did not suffer any injuries.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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