Notes: With the 2007 model year we finally get to bid adieu to a car famous for poor safety marks, a dangerously defective ignition and power steering that would work … sometimes.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,120 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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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 152010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


My 2007 Saturn Ion's ignition lock cylinder is broken. Apparently this is a very common problem with Saturn, and fixing the problem once is not a guarantee that it will not need to be replaced again. When I arrived home, my car would not turn off. The key would not turn back, however, we could completely remove the key, and we could turn the key to the on position. My husband was able to turn off the car by pulling a fuse from the under the hood of the car after a little bit of research and a lot of wasted gas. We purchased a new ignition lock cylinder from the closest dealership, but that did not resolve the problem. We have now learned we also need to replace the ignition starter switch. There is no reason that this many Saturn should be having the exact same problem. has over 50 pages of people complaining about the exact same problem! this needs to be recalled!

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 122010


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that both the driver side and rear passenger side door locks failed. The doors would unlock while the contact was driving. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the latch mechanism needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Mosinee, WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 012007

Ion 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
Problems with 2007 Saturn Ion ignition cylinder and park/lock interface. Vehicle frequently can not be turned off. Park/lock interface will not unlock door, when ignition turned off. Key cannot be removed from ignition.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 022010


  • 13,100 miles
Key becomes stuck in ignition - owner unable to turn vehicle off. Had to pull the fuse in order to shut the vehicle off and tow.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

May 182010


  • 57,000 miles
I drive a 2007 Saturn Ion, and from what I can tell online this is a huge problem that GM has and it has not been resolved or recalled. I got home from work and went to turn the key off and it would not turn off. The key was stuck. I have talked to several GM dealers and they all say it's a well known problem but still expect me to pay around 500 dollars to fix it. I would understand if this was normal wear and tear but it's not. This is something that is defective and known about. GM either made these intentionally this way to scam in money or really screwed up and should fix it. This could of gone a lot differently what if the car would of locked up while driving and locked out the steering wheel? something needs to be done about this and I don't know if it is all Saturn or just the Ion model but it seems to be something that has gone on for sometime. As tax payers we bailed them out of financial problems and this is how we are repaid and treated. Please make GM do a recall on the Saturn ignitions immediately. I have a 10 month old and stuff like this scares me.

- Independence, MO, USA

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