NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Doors: Latch Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: When it comes to the 2006 Ion, the biggest questions are: what big problem is going to pop up next? And how long until GM chooses to address it?

The 2006 Ion has a defective ignition switch that gave owners fits. Their keys would get stuck in the ignition, the engine wouldn’t shut off or in some cases it would shut off at the most dangerous time. The ignition was eventually recalled as part of one of the largest recalls of all-time , but it took GM 10 years to do it. Then there’s this car’s temperamental power steering which is prone to stop working randomly while driving. It too was eventually recalled, even if GM took their sweet time about it.

Lastly, it turns out a car built with plastic doors, fenders and bumpers – while fun for a game of “shopping cart bocce” – is horrible for safety.


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2006 Saturn Ion accessories - exterior problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 112008


  • miles


In below freezing weather, our 2006 Saturn 4-door Ion is extremely difficult to get into when everything freezes. This might not be abnormal except that the plastic tread on the door frame at the bottom on most of my doors now have shattered and broken off due to this. Also, the back door windows roll down by themselves a little in any temperature. And today (again in freezing weather), my driver's side front door would not close. The latch wasn't catching. I called Saturn and they said there was no fix for it, and you had to spray it with WD40. I've never had to do this with any other vehicle and never have I seen this happen before. As it was, the WD40 worked. The number of failures for the door is 2 (last night, and this morning). The number for the door tread is 4 (all 4 doors). The number of failures for the window are far too numerous to count, so I've put in there 100 because I've had it over a year and it does it constantly.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 212006


  • miles
Defects with his 2006 Saturn Ion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a malfunctioning passenger seat belt, there was a problem with the driver side door and a noise coming from the alternator/generator.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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