Faulty Ignition Switch

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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
77,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace switch (2 reports)
2006 Saturn Ion accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 112011


  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles


Had the problem fixed the first time at local auto repair shop and it cost around $200 to repair with an aftermarket part. Same problem popped up about a year later and contacted GM about the problem and they told me to take it to a certified dealer 30 miles away and I would have to pay $65 for diagnostics. I ended up taking it to the local GM dealer( apparently not "Saturn" certified) and had the ignition switch and the bar repaired for $386.

- Kelly W., Columbia, TN, US

problem #1

Dec 122010


  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Have done a lot of research and found numerous complaints about these ignition switches malfunctioning and GM hasn't recalled them yet. It's gonna be a pain to fix because the steering column has to be removed and I have no idea what the actual part will cost. Fixed it just before Christmas 2010 and now have the same problem again. I had a friend remove the bottom half of the column just to get the car home, otherwise the key won't turn over and it will kill the battery if the switch underneath the column isn't unplugged.

- Kelly W., Columbia, TN, US

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