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2007 Saturn Ion (Page 14 of 19)

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,527 miles

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2007 Saturn Ion steering problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 14 of 19)

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problem #102

Jun 072010


  • 27,000 miles


Unfortunately I have a 2007 Saturn Ion which sounds like it is going to break in half over even the slightest small bumps in the road. I have a warranty on the vehicle which expired in June 2010. Although the car only has 29000 miles on it~ Saturn would not honor the warranty when I brought my car in for a check engine light~ it was the purge sensor. They wanted to charge me over $300 to repair this issue. I went online and saw many other's had reported the same problem. I also saw the part for only $26 ~however at the Saturn dealership they charged me $51 for the part. I ended up fixing the repair myself to avoid being robbed by the Saturn dealership!! I am very displeased with my car~ now the struts and control arm bushings are making significant rumble when driving over the slightest bumps in the road. At 29000 miles the car should not be making any noise!! I feel very unsafe and scared in my Saturn!! I've seen many reports of other owner's with the same vehicle that are similar. Even the GM cobalt which has the exact same platform and steering has the same issues and for that car power steering issues have been recalled but not for the Ion which ~I repeat has the same components. I bought my car when fuel costs soared and thought it would at least last me 5 years with out issues. I think GM needs to address these issues especially since so many consumers are experiencing issues at such low mileage. There are also issues with the rear defrost, power windows, steering, and transmission. I'm from mn. And it's terrible when you have a newer car that won't even take you 30,000 miles without breaking down!! I'm very disappointed and Saturn needs to recall everything on these unsafe vehicles before someone gets seriously hurt ~like Toyota. I'm sure you've had several complaints. The car is defective!! please help!! Saturn won't repair unless it's completely broken even if the car is smokin they blow you off!!! ~horrible!!!

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #101

Jun 262010


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the dashboard as the steering wheel became extremely stiff. The contact shut off the engine and when restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure would recur intermittently while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where a new power steering motor was installed. The failure did not recur. An authorized dealer was notified and informed the contact that her steering column may also need to be replaced in the near future. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 55,000. Updated 10/05/10.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #100

Apr 152010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel became very stiff and the power steering warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The contact shut off the engine and when restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. This failure recurred intermittently while traveling at any speed. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 43,000.

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #99

Jun 102010


  • 65,000 miles


Power steering light flashes on dash computer display randomly, more often when the car's been driven a lot and power steering is lost completely. You can turn car off and restart and its fine. Sometimes does it once in a day, sometimes 15 times. If car is in process of making a turn or avoiding something in road, this could cause a severe crash and bodily harm, if not death. You have to stop car and turn off to clear this. Took car to Napa and discount and no codes would read. Checked fuse, it was fine. GM has issued recalls on 2 of their cars for this same issue where the same parts are used but not Saturn. This is a safety issue. I refuse to fork out my money on a car that isn't being made anymore because GM won't address there is an issue. There are 95 other complaints similar to mine..........do something.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #98

Jul 102010


  • 31,110 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact heard a warning chime and noticed that the power steering warning light was illuminated. Within seconds, the power steering assist failed and the steering wheel became increasingly difficult to steer. The contact was able to make an appointment with the dealer for diagnostic testing and repairs. The failure mileage was 31,110 and the current mileage was 31,120.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #97

Jul 082010


  • 67,400 miles
Car will not shut off, after contacting dealer was advised to disconnect the wiring harness from the battery. Wheel sporadically locks up while driving which can causes you to loose control of the vehicle. No warning lights come on at all. Previously had this same issue with power steering in December which went out and almost caused an accident. GM has recalled several vehicles for this same safety hazard however did not include Saturn in the recall.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #96

Jun 062010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 46,121 miles


VIN # [xxx] 2007 Saturn Ion has a power steering problem. The power steering motor is a defective part and GM is aware of the problem in these vehicles and they aren't doing anything about this. I haven't had a crash or anything like that yet but the powersteering just goes out when U are driving making it hard to turn or steer. My name is [xxx] my number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #95

Jul 082010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 67,400 miles
I get to work today and I can't cut off my 2007 Saturn Ion. Contact the dealership and only remedy provided is to dangerously disconnect the wire harness under the wheel from the battery to turn the car off and then pay $300-500 dollars to have it repaired with no reason why it failed or that it won't go out again. This is dangerous and the parts are defective and should be recalled by Saturn.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #94

Jul 072010


  • 41,538 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Saturn Ion. When the contact started the vehicle she saw a pwrstr code illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle functioned normally when she drove it, however, after she turned it off and restarted it the power steering failed completely. The dealer was notified and stated that there were no recalls related to steering. He also stated that the vehicle would be repaired at the her expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 41,538.

- Glenellyn, IL, USA

problem #93

Jun 022010


  • 60,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel with a loss of power steering. The contact was able to continue in operation. The failure occurred intermittently and progressed over a period of time when traveling at any speed. The failure could be temporarily corrected whenever the engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to locate the cause of failure. The contact was in the process of taking the vehicle to a an authorized dealer to be repaired. The failure mileage was 60,500.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #92

Jul 042010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 54,820 miles


Power steering keeps cutting out of my 2007 Saturn Ion. Makes it hard to steer.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #91

Jul 032010


  • 37,393 miles
Power steering fails. The power steering quits working while driving making the vehicle operate w/O the aid of power steering. This is a safety issue if a driver had to make a sudden turn to avoid a road obstruction of another car.

- Fairmont Wv, WV, USA

problem #90

Jun 142010


  • 54,000 miles
I want to file a complaint about the power steering motor on the 2007 Saturn Ion. I have read about many people complaining about this particular motor but they recalled the other automobiles that used the same one but not the Saturn. This is very dangerous and will cause someone to get seriously injured due to a malfunction part.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #89

May 282010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While traveling at 45 mph, the contact noticed a warning chime followed by the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the power steering hose was replaced. The failure recurred within one month. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Colfax, LA, USA

problem #88

Jun 142010


  • 90,800 miles
2007 Saturn Ion 2 power steering motor failure, the power steering motor stops working causing the steering to lock up. This has been recalled on the on the Chevy cobalt for 05 to 2010. Also on the Pontiac G5 for the same years, the Saturn is using the same part numbers.the car has lost steering coming around a mountain curve that has a sever drop off fortunately was on the opposite side of road. Saturn will not cover these in a recall.

- Whitwell, TN, USA

problem #87

Jun 152010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While traveling at 30 mph, the contact noticed that the str and bwr lights illuminated. Within seconds, the vehicle steering became extremely tight and difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The current and failure mileages were 35,000.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #86

Jun 222010


  • 51,000 miles
Normal driving. Power steering quits working, car becomes hard to steer. Stopped car, shut car off, restarted car, problem goes away for a while.

- Manawa, WI, USA

problem #85

Jun 182010


  • 35,000 miles
I have a Saturn 2007 Ion with 35,000 miles on it. Driving down the road I had a chime and a light go on that read pwr str. Went to make a sharp turn and I could not steer my car!! if there had been a car there I would have crashed with 2 small children in the car. Went home and read on internet to find out where the power steering fluid and goes and found out that there is no fluid. After reading I found out that it happens to all Saturn after so many miles!!! they recalled the Chevy for the same problem but not the Saturn. You can turn off and on and it's fixed for the time being but always happens a couple times a day. Please make GM recall the Saturn before someone gets hurt!!

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #84

Nov 112009


  • 45,000 miles
While driving vehicle the power steering cuts out. This began happening periodically once or twice a month but now is happening all the time. It is now cutting out about every 5 minutes or more which makes the car very difficult and dangerous to drive and impossible for my wife to drive. When it initially happened I brought the car to the dealership and was told it would cost about $500 because the electric motor of the power steering is bad (shorting out) and it is no longer covered under warranty. At the time the car had about 45,000 miles on it.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #83

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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