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CarComplaints.com 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:
65,947 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 engine problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 062014


  • 120,000 miles


Car stalled then ran again fine. Thought maybe bad gas or something. Started hearing a loud noise in the engine. Change oil came on and so I took it in to be serviced only to find out the timing chain had jumped keys. This is a terrible issue which could have caused me to wreck had I not had plenty of room to coast off the road. Also seat belt is stuck and will not unbutton so I am unable to buckle up the right way until that's fixed too. Looking online all of this seems to be a common problem however it appears people have to die from it before a recall is given. I urge an investigation into the seatbelts and the timing chain.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 042010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I would be on my way to work or to the store and then all of the sudden my car lost all power, and would shut its self down. Therefore causing me to have to coast off to the side somewhere with my power steering locked up. Once my car would start running again any where from 10- 20 mins my power steering wouldn't function for the first 2 mins causing me to sit and wait till it kicks in. Not only does this happen, but when I get low on gas and go to fill up, after putting gas in my car it wont start!!!! I have to sit there about 10 mins cranking trying to get it to start up once I do I cant release my foot off the gas for about 3 min or my car dies.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 302007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,840 miles
Vehicle traveled through water puddle on a rain soaked roadway. Puddle was no deeper than mid- tire height level. Engine stalled out causing loss of steering and some braking ability. Engine was restarted and vehicle drove less than two miles home. Next day, engine started after numerous attempts. Engine skipping and a check engine light was on. Vehicle was driven to dealership. Dealership reported that water had been drawn into the engine air intake, which is located at front bumper level on right side of vehicle, and into traveled through the system into the engine. Water present in at least two cylinders, intake manifold, and oil pan. Engine had to be replaced. Dealer, nor manufacturer, would honor warranty. Auto insurance claim filed and paid. I am concerned that it is unsafe to operate this model in rainey weather.

- Menifee, CA, USA

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