NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,411 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 102007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,233 miles


Cold weather / around freezing temperature. Car does not start at all in cold weather. Have replaced battery and it has repeated the same problem.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 102007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The vehicle would not shut off and the contact disconnected the battery. The following morning, the trunk that housed the battery would not open. The vehicle will be towed to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 44,000.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062007

Ion 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. When the key was placed in the ignition and turned, the engine would not crank. There were no warning indicator lights present. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the electric code for the battery failed. The dealer further stated that they would reprogram the code. The VIN, number of cylinders, and engine size were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 74,000.

- Vineland , NJ, USA

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