NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Cruise Control 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 212008

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles


I was driving in the mountains of Virginia and just got on a major highway called 81 North. I put my cruise control on and set it at around 60. I did this right before an uphill climb then I held onto the accelerate button to set it around 65 which was the speed limit on that highway. It accelerated slowly and when it got to the speed I wanted I let go. I got to the top of the hill and it keeps accelerating. So im now going downhill and its accelerating plus the hill was steep and I hit my brake and it doesn't turn off. I hit the clutch simultaneous to when I hit the brake and neither shut off the cruise control. I then turn the cruise control off and its still going. I then hit the clutch and yank the shifter into neutral (its a manual) and the RPM's are going crazy. I turn the cruise control button back on and then off again and it finally stopped trying to accelerate (the RPM's stopped freaking out). Not to mention I get pulled by a state trooper for speeding. After he comes back with my ticket (still shocked that the cruise control wouldn't let up), I tell him, "well what happened was..." and he says "I don't need to know, I just need you to sign this paper right here." This just happened today in roanoke, va and I live in Norfolk, va so I have to drive all the way back to roanoke on March 13 to contest this ticket.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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