NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 2 of 2)

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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,079 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Nov 012008


  • 40,000 miles


Vehicle initially had trouble starting, made strange sounds, check engine light on, would not go over 25-30mph., followed towtruck to Saturn dealer, was told this was a common problem with this make & model, there were thousands of complaints known and that GM was aware of it but had not recalled. Turned out that it was the ignition module, switch, coil, harness etc., just under $800 to repair. It's still sitting in the garage. Thing is...I purchased this car almost new B/C I had an older car & wanted a new car in case the other quit! wow. Who new? power steering also groans and its full of fluid. Because of this, (ignition), the key had to be manually pulled out, to get the engine to stop running, all the electrical system remained on, had to disconnect the battery, was told do not know what else may have been damaged as a result, the dealer said the transmission may have been damaged as a result. Yet they don't want to recall because of the re-organization" what about my safety" god knows what could have happened if I was on the highway when this happened!

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 172008

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,891 miles
A week ago, I submitted a complaint about losing reverse in my transmission. I would like to add that the dealer replaced my transmission free of charge or labor costs. I applaud jay wolfe Saturn of tiffany springs, Missouri. For taking this corrective action.

- Farley, MO, USA

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