NHTSA — Structure: Body: Bumpers 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,007 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 052006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,007 miles


The rear bumper is starting to have obvious scratches where the trunk lid comes down. The district service manager says that this is a common problem, that Saturn identified two years ago. During the service visit the technician realized that my bumper was misaligned at assembly and realigned and corrected the problem. Then the problem started again. Now it is in the center of the bumper where the first time it was on the right side. The service department says that the only thing that can be done is to shave the bottom of the trunk lid and re-paint. The car has now been in the shop twice for this problem. I was told by the technician and service advisor that when the car is in motion that air or wind resistance goes through the bumper and pushes the bumper against the trunk lid causing the scratches on the bumper and bottom of trunk lid.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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