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:
87,757 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 262015


  • miles


The drivers side and passenger turn signal lights are inoperable. We took it to certified mechanic who told us he has seen this many times on the Saturn Ions. There is corrosion on the inside of the turn signal bulb socket which does not allow a good electrical connection. A lady almost hit us head on because in the car, it appears when you turn on your lane signal, everything is functioning well. I have replaced the bulbs numerous times thinking it was the bulbs, but I was told by the mechanic that was not correct.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

May 102014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 122,650 miles
Electrical problem with interior lighting also problem with electrical power door lock (driver side) and power windows, in which all riders feel they are suffocating.due to unattainable natural air.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 252012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 90,878 miles
Both driver and passenger side forward turn signals have stopped working. Has happened multiple times. Rear turn signals still operational.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 192012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 150,400 miles


Around said mileage, the car's front passenger turn signal went out and I was able to tell by the faster clicking of the arrow on the dashboard. I replaced the bulb, which also serves as the drl in this vehicle, and the problem continued. When the lights are on, the bulb functions as it should and it appears there is no outage however when attempting to use the turn signal, the light does not function properly. When the lights are serving as the drls, the bulb does not function at all.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 152011


  • 80,000 miles
Every time fuel is slightly below a quarter tank the engine stalls as if the car is running out of gas and the cars drastically reduces speed with minimum power. Also, after the incident occurred I went online to research the problem and found out that the vehicle had been recalled for fuel pump problems as well as lighting irregularities. Furthermore, as I continued using my vehicle the ignition switch cylinder broke causing the key to be stuck and was unable to turn off the ignition of the car. Luckily, I have a stick shift transmission and was able to turn off the car by putting it into 4th gear and letting go of the clutch to turn off the ignition. Unfortunately, the car battery remains on and in order to completely turn off the car I have to disconnect the battery cable so the batter life is not drained.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

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problem #1

Feb 082010


  • 82,614 miles
For the past 4-5 months, the front turn signals and daytime running lamps have not worked. We have replaced the bulbs all around the car with 3 different brands and on several occasions..still nothing. I have researched this matter online and found that there is a recall for this exact problem, but only on the 2003-04 model Saturn Ions, not mine. This is a huge safety issue..I have had nothing but problems out of this car since the day I bought it brand new from the dealership 5 almost 5 years ago. I have also found online other 2006 Ion owners having the same issue as me. Please issue a recall to fix this, as it is a safety hazard.

- Pierre Part, LA, USA

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