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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:
50,870 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 engine problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Nov 012007


  • 15,000 miles


I bought my 2006 Ion brand new with only 10 miles on it now the car is at 27K miles and now it has a clunking noise in the front suspension, I have taken in to dealer many times they have replaced 1) intermediate shaft 2) lower control arm rear bushing 3) catalytic converter 4) steering rack: And on top of all this it has been 8 months and my car is still not fixed. The dealer told me they don't know what it is. I have done some research found tsb's for this both of which they have supposedly already done.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 042008


  • 26,960 miles
Every now and then my key felt 'rough' in the ignition. On 7/4/2008 I got in the car (it was parked on a steep incline) and the key would not turn over. My first thought was that my steering wheel wasn't locked, but even after turning that (it never did seem to lock), the key still wouldn't budge. It eventually turned over. Between 7/4/2008 and 7/8/2008 this problem occurred almost every single time I started my car. The only times where it wasn't severe were when I was parked on a completely level surface such as a garage. I called the Saturn dealer and took my car into be serviced. The entire ignition lock cylinder had to be replaced. My key still feels 'odd' and I do not have faith that this problem is resolved. My car has 27,140 miles and will turn three on November 7, 2008. This is in addition to having my starter replaced in early January 2008. In December 2008 the car lost all power and died while decelerating on an exit ramp after driving 30 miles straight.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 042006


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The engine would not shut off when the contact attempted to turn off the vehicle. The key was stuck in the ignition and unable to be removed. A warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The battery was immediately disconnected and the vehicle was driven to the authorized dealer the following day. The mechanic replaced the ignition. Recently, the contact attempted to start the vehicle, but the engine would not turn over. A warning light was illuminated prior to this failure. The vehicle is being towed to an authorized dealer. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 8,000 and current mileage was 40,000.

- Acton, CA, USA

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