Window Sealing Strips Warp 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
65,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace sealing strips (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2006 Saturn Ion windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 062016

Ion 3 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Complete JUNK! Happens on both sides of the car, on both front doors.

- Tony P., O'Fallon, IL, US

problem #3

Aug 032009


  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Back driver's side window seals have separated and curled up away from the window. Makes rolling the window up or down quite an ordeal.

- Kelly W., Columbia, TN, US

problem #2

Sep 052011

Ion SC2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I have had 3 saturn Ion's. I love my car, but this is the only year I have had that the trim on drivers's side and passanger side are almost curling away from window. It makes ride noisy, and difficult to roll upl

- S K., Slidell, LA, US

problem #1

Aug 262010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

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window sealing strips warp

I had previously replaced the sealing strips on the back windows, then the front ones started warping as well. I have seen this on other Ions as well. May only be a problem in high temperature areas, as I am from Florida.

Cost me $54.81, which was the glass shops cost because we share a building with them. Also installed for free. Expect to pay markup with possible installation for this if you don't want water in your doors or your car to just genuinely look crappy.

- Joe L., Oviedo, FL, US

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