Sunroof Leak 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:
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. put new weather stripping around window (1 reports)
2005 Saturn Ion windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012013


  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles


My factory sunroof started leaking last winter, it didn't happen EVERY time it rained, just sometimes. So, I had a garage at my apartment and put it there if I saw rain . . . no big deal.

One night a huge rain storm came in and filled my car with several inches of water. UGH!!!!

I moved to a new city (not because of the car!) and I don't have a garage. So, we covered it up with a tarp when we knew it was going to rain. This is a huge pain in the ass!

Every time a freak storm comes around, you can see us out there covering up the car, but it has water damage in the roof liner, separating and sagging, and the seats have permanent water stains. If you push on the back long side of the sunroof, you can feel it give way, so I think that is where the water is coming in, but the stains in the roof liner are not in the that area, so I could be wrong.

- Jana P., Roseville, MI, US

problem #1

Mar 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Not long after the purchase of this vehiccle the sunroof started to leak; this caused a snowball effect of problems. we had it fixed by a repiar shop but a many electrical problems occured after this. This car is a piece of junk!!

- christinep, Glen Burnie, MD, US

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