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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
57,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2005 Saturn Ion transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

May 232007

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles


April 2007 - 12 months after the transmission was replaced after the first 11 months of ownership, the transmission failed AGAIN.

Shifting gears, started to lose first gear when it would pop out of position. To compensate, started moving to 2nd faster, then soon 2nd started failing. Gave up at that point, had it towed to dealer.

Since it's under extended warranty, less excited to hand out a free rental, so I have to share with my wife, which results in many lates to work and extra miles on our leased vehicle. Claim clutch is shot, but they don't see why that would cause another complete transmission failure. Unsurprisingly, heard "we've never seen this before" on this car - my magical, miracle, crap-ass GM vehicle. Just think - in only 4 more years I'll own it all for myself!

Saturn - you get what you pay for.

- , Gorham, ME, USA

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