NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 12 of 25)

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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:
17 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,369 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion steering problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 12 of 25)

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problem #279

Apr 232011


  • 75,862 miles


Driving with traffic, the car dies and the steering gets very hard to turn then battery light comes on. Car will restart with no further problems. This will happen at least once a week. Took to the dealer they fixed the gas tank leak and other recall parts. This continues to happen almost caused several accidents. Do not know if it is the steering or electrical. It doesn't matter what speed your going or if your going straight or turning. Please look into this problem. I have had the battery checked the thermostat, checked the fuse box checked. The dealer checked and fixed the other 3 things from recall as stated. The ignition sometimes gets stuck when the steering goes out you can not get the key to do anything until you turn the steering wheel that has no power then you can restart the car. Also the car heat gauge never goes above half way so car is not over heating.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #278

Aug 212011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 51,636 miles
Driving on highway in my 2006 Saturn Ion. Her a "beep" notification from the dash and simultaneously, I lost all power steering. Warning on dash stated "pwr strng".

- Newtown, CO, USA

problem #277

Aug 212011


  • miles
In May 2009, my power steering went out on my 2006 Saturn Ion in the middle of steering. When I turned my car off and would start back up the car it would work. Every time it would turn off, my car would be difficult to drive and if I was in the middle of a turn, almost was hit because I was unable to turn fast enough. I had an extended warranty on my car, had to pay $100 to have it fixed. Now 2 years later, 40,0000 miles here is it doing it again. It cost almost $800 to get this repaired. Why should this be failing every couple of years. When it started again today, I was coming down a mountain and almost went off the edge.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #276

Aug 072011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 79,800 miles


The power steering goes out intermittently.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #275

Jul 212011


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane and shut off. Upon restarting the vehicle, the steering wheel operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to two independent mechanics, who stated that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Amboy, IL, USA

problem #274

Jul 242011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 30 mph when the power steering unit malfunctioned, causing extreme difficulty in maneuvering the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the entire power steering unit would need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Valley Park, MO, USA

problem #273

Mar 032011


  • 78,864 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that power steering would fail sporadically. There was an unusual chime that sounded as the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 78,864.

- Benton, WA, USA

problem #272

Jun 142011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while driving 30 mph the power steering light would flash on the radio and the power steering system would also malfunction. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated the entire power steering system needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the power steering system replaced. The contact stated when the power steering system malfunctioned the steering wheel became difficult to turn and could cause a crash. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #271

Jun 302011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Power steering indicator would come on and steering ability will disappear. Restarting car made the steering come back for about a few seconds, but then power steering indicator would come back on again. Car taken to dealership to be serviced under special warranty. This part should definitely be recalled.

- Md, MD, USA

problem #270

May 302011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Power steering has failed. I have seen several other people of line stating the same thing on their Saturn Ion 2006. We need help getting gmac to pay for this. I can not drive this. It is too difficulty for a female to use.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #269

Jun 142011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering became very difficult to maneuver to the left or right. He then coasted to the side of the road once the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was able to continue driving but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer nor repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 64,000. Updated 08/31/11 the power steering control module was replaced. Updated 09/12/11

- Amherst, MA, USA

problem #268

May 202011


  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion power steering went out and GM say that there is no recall on it but everyone is having the same problem, they fixed some cars but never sent out a recall letter. And I was told to take care of it the best I no how and also the gas get stuck I was driving and hit the brake but the car kept going lucky no one was hurt my sister was in front of me I was trailing her just bump her a little. Please help im out of work and now no car witch I still paying on if I had known I would have never purchased a GM car. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #267

Apr 012008


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering would fail when traveling at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic January 2009 where they replaced the power steering motor however, the repair did not correct the failure. The dealer offered the contact a discount on the repairs and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 113,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Granite Falls, NC, USA

problem #266

Jun 122011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 125,450 miles
Driving on 295 highway going 65 mpr, car had power steering error, could not turn the steering. There were two children in back. The car was all over the road. The car is a Saturn Ion- I feel this would of been a car accident if I was unable to get it slowed down. I took the Saturn to GM dealer advising this should be a recall and they refused to fix at no charge despite me giving them bulletin 10187. After researching this I found this was a huge problem with Saturn Ions 2004-2007.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #265

Jun 112011


  • miles
Driving on the freeway when the power steering warning came on and steering became very stiff and difficult. Powered my Ion off then on and power steering worked. Took it in to be checked and mechanic said there was no problem he could find with the power steering.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #264

Jun 122011


  • 56,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving, the power steering lamp illuminated and the steering failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 56,200.

- Cross River , NY, USA

problem #263

Jun 122011


  • 56,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated the power steering failed with the illumination of the power steering light. The contact turned off the vehicle and the power steering was reset once restarted. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 56,700.

- Wentsville, MO, USA

problem #262

Jun 032011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While my wife was driving our 2006 Saturn Ion, the "pwr str" light came on and she lost power steering control. Shutting off the engine resumed the power steering to the vehicle but repeated the failure numerous times before being able to drive the vehicle home. This is now occurring numerous times without any warning. This I believe is a safety related item which should require a recall of this vehicle. The vehicle is barely drivable because it is so difficult to make turns. The vehicle only has 40,000 miles.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #261

Sep 112010


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while driving 60 mph the power steering system suddenly malfunctioned which made it difficult to control the steering wheel. The contact had to drive onto the emergency lane and shut the vehicle off. When the vehicle was restarted, the vehicle the power steering system began to function properly. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the power steering system they stated there were no related recalls. The contact was concerned that the lost of power steering could result in a crash. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- St. Clouds , FL, USA

problem #260

Apr 012011


  • 135,000 miles
Power steering repeatedly goes out. Turning the car off and on "fixes" it for a short time then it happens again. Sometimes after 20 minutes of driving and sometimes 30 seconds after restarting. It started as a very intermittent issue but has since gotten worse as time goes on. Before this started I had other electrical issues. First the odometer would flash on and off and occasionally flash "trunk". later the indicator light for the parking brake would come on without touching the brake. They eventually went away then the steering issue started.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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