Car Is Hard To Start And Can Smell Gas Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the fuel pump (3 reports)
2006 Saturn Ion fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


I had started getting a strong smell of fuel on the inside of my vehicle. I took it to an auto shop and they replaced the fuel pump module. It cost me around $450. A year later I got a recall notice in the mail about it and GM reimbursed me for the costs.

- Jennifer B., Jacksonville, FL, US

problem #2

Aug 022011

Ion Ion 2 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

It began with a very strong odor of Gasoline, then it developed a starting problem, have to crank it three or four times before it started. Googled it and found that Saturn has and have a problem with the gas line breaking or cracking, (plastic lines). I spoke to saturn and they just flat out refused to admit they had a problem. There was a recall of these autos in certain states, but Ky was not one of them, yet it was the same identical problem that existed. I have been driving GM vehicles for many years, but the next auto I purchase will not be a GM.

- David C., Closplint, KY, US

problem #1

Nov 022009

Ion 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

It started with my car getting harder to start this past month. I had to turn it twice and hold for awhile. Then two days ago (Nov. 2) I start to smell gas when I get out of the car. I google searched the problem and found others with the same complaint. They had a cracked hose that connected to the fuel pump, which made the only solution to replace the whole fuel pump. I looked at my car after work, and sure enough there is gas leaking under my car at the back where the gas tank/fuel pump is. I took it to the dealership and they called me in the morning to let me know I needed a new fuel pump. There is currently a recall out on (Posted Oct. 29) 2006 Saturn Ion for this exact problem, but it does not cover Texas. So I am buying a new fuel pump with the hope that the recall will extend to Texas to reimburse me. Anyone else with this problem needs to file, so the recall can take effect.

- jhtx, Houston, TX, US

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