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:
25,000 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 232007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The vehicle has Goodyear assurance (na), size P195/60R14 tires. While driving between 35 and 60 mph, the vehicle began making a loud humming sound. After the vehicle had been parked for a few hours, the front driver side tire flattened. The contact stated that the rear passenger side tire went flat the week before and triple a changed the tire. Chunks of tread separated from the inside of the tire. The contact called Goodyear and they stated that it was the contact's responsibility. The failure occurred on three tires. One tire was a replacement and the other three came with the vehicle. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 27,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Nov 242006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The consumer has had two incidents of tire tread separation. Saturn dealer replaced tire as defect free of charge. Dealership took pictures of tire. The consumer was driving approximately 75 mph. The road conditions were dry.

- Logandale, NV, USA

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