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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,376 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.

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2006 Saturn Ion fuel system problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 092010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 74,800 miles


I own a 2006 Saturn Ion. Very strong smell of gas in the car after sitting. Took to dealer had to replace fuel pump module do to crack and gas leak. $700+ cost.

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 132009


  • 50,482 miles
Fuel pump leaking on 2006 Saturn Ion as described in campaign id 09V419000 GM recall 090226. GM and Saturn would not cover this as stated in the report for the exact same problem. I only received a discount on the part. Fuel pump and fuel fitter replaced.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 152009


  • 61,300 miles
We took our vehicle 2006 Saturn Ion 2 with 61K miles, in for an oil change on 10/15/2009 to the Saturn dealership. The dealership has been the only mechanic to perform any service to the vehicle since we purchased the vehicle on 01/24/2006 from the same Saturn of bakersfield dealership. We take the vehicle in for regular service and have the maintenance records of the vehicle. We also have subscribed to onstar, which sends monthly "diagnostic reports" of the engine and transmission, emissions, air bag system, remaining oil life ect. After this oil check I noticed a very strong odor of gasoline in the cab of the vehicle and outside the car, but mostly inside the cab. The fumes are flammable. When Saturn service technician looked at the vehicle, he stated on invoice: "cust states strong fuel odor can be smelled in and out of vehicle. Vehicle was in for lof on 10/21/09. Inspect vehicle found fuel pump leaking from crack in fuel pump at hose fitting, no physical damage found. Normal movement and rough roads may have led to failure. Recommended replacing fuel pump estimate to replace part 19168894 $565 parts $304.35 plus tax $25.11 plus labor $235 equals $564.46 " I believe this to be a similar issue as the 2004 Ions. How can a vehicle driven back and forth to work, that is maintained, be failing in this manner" the vehicle is not driven on rough roads mainly a freeway ca hwy could a 3 1/2 year old car be "falling apart" and failing due to "normal movement"" we are out of warranty, therefore we had to pay to have this corrected. We do have a policy in our insurance that will cover, but we will have to pay a higher deductible. Saturn could not fix the vehicle at that time, we asked if it was safe to drive, they stated keep the windows cracked and don't park in the garage due to vapors are flammable. It is scheduled to be repaired 10/26/09. Saturn's the company, defective parts should be recalled. This is unsafe. A rocket on wheels as my wife says.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 162008


  • 44,300 miles
The 2006 Saturn Ion ignition locked on with the car running in park. This seems to be a chronic problem with Saturn Ions. The vehicle can not be turned off and the key can not be removed. It gets completely locked in place. The vehicle remains running, wasting gas and could be a safety hazard if something else is happening and the vehicle must be shut off quickly and can't. the only way to shut the vehicle off is to disconnect the battery and pull an ignition fuse. The key remains locked in place. I'm putting this under 'fuel system-other' because the ignition turns the fuel system on and off. I originally parked and tried to shut the vehicle off because I smelled fuel. Luckily it was coming from somewhere else and was just in the air. But it was scary to smell fuel and not be able to shut the vehicle off.

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 202007


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. While driving 1-50 mph in wet, slippery, or icy roads, the tires would spin out and cause the vehicle to lose control and the throttle power failed for 5-8 seconds. In November of 2007, the dealer stated that they could not duplicate the failure; however, they stated that the wiring harness needed to be replaced due to the air conditioner. After it snowed, the vehicle also began to spin and lose power while driving uphill and then slid back down. On February 13, 2008, the dealer stated that the failure was due to the fuel regulator and kept the vehicle for over three weeks. An unauthorized driver at the dealer crashed the vehicle into a ditch with two feet of water, causing water to enter the headlights. The contact has 56 photos available. He was advised that his vehicle does not qualify for the lemon law. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, transmission type, powertrain, and fuel type were unknown. The current mileage was 38,200 and failure mileage was 11,000.

- Trappe, PA, USA

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