NHTSA — Steering Problems

2007 Saturn Ion (Page 15 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 15 of 19)

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problem #82

Jun 032010


  • miles


Power steering assist for 2007 Saturn Ions needed replaced. The dealer said that it was not on recall list but this is the same unit they use in a number of GM cars that as the same part on a recall list on March 10,2010. I would like to know why they all have GM parts.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #81

May 232010


  • 68,000 miles
I will be driving, both on side streets and the highway and my power steering will go out with no warning.

- Robbinsdale, MN, USA

problem #80

May 292010


  • 38,466 miles
Power steering went out on 2007 Saturn Ion. 1st time: Going 30-35 miles an hour merging into another lane, about to turn left when steering became difficult to manage and the indicator light for the power steering came on the dashboard. 2nd time: Going around 30 miles an hour, taking a sharp left curve when steering went out again and was very difficult to make the turn, indicator light came on. Both instances caused an very dangerous, unpredictable situation. Vehicle was taken to dealer where they replaced a failed power steering assist motor. Not covered by recall or warranty.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #79

Jun 062010


  • 36,473 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that intermittently while driving at various speeds, the power steering warning light would illuminate followed by a warning chime. The dealer replaced the electronic power steering motor and advised the contact that they were aware of the steering failures in the vehicle but there were no recalls. The VIN was not accepted. The failure and current mileages were 36,473.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #78

Dec 072009


  • 70,000 miles
Since December, the power steering goes out several times a week on my 2007 Saturn Ion. I have not had the money to fix it, but it appears that many others are having the same problem. It appears to be a similar problem to a recall that has already been made for other GM models with a power steering motor on the steering column. If I stop and turn the car off and back on, it fixes itself. We are unsure about how to go about having the problem diagnosed and corrected given that Saturn no longer exists.

- Shrewsbury, PA, USA

problem #77

May 282010


  • 44,500 miles
Was driving on interstate and power steering warning came on car and steering wheel lock up. It just happened out of no where. It now happens everytime the vehicle is on the road. It is a 2007 Saturn Ion.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #76

May 242010


  • 62,000 miles


The power steering motor on my 2007 Saturn Ion failed at very low speed without incident. I have learned that this same motor has been recalled in the Chevrolet cobalt (mechanically identical). This recall should have been extended to cover all similar models because of the safety issues involved. GM is attempting to limit its monetary and publicity exposure. The NHTSA should not let them get away with this. All safety issues should be dealt with strenuously by NHTSA. Your approach should be: If it's a safety issue, get it fixed. Period.

- Felton, PA, USA

problem #75

May 092010


  • 30,000 miles
2007 Saturn Ion power steering failure. Happens while driving. Feels like the car no longer has power steering anymore. If I turn the car off, then back on, the problem is fixed. But, never know when it will happen again.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #74

May 112010


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at 25 mph, the contact noticed the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel. The power steering stopped functioning soon after. The contact called the authorized dealership and the dealer advised her to take the vehicle for repair. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 45,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #73

May 102010


  • 59,600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving at approximately 55 mph when the power steering warning indicator illuminated, followed by the steering wheel locking. The contact was able to pull over to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted and the vehicle resumed normal. The failure occurred intermittently. The authorized dealer was notified of the malfunctions and recommended that the vehicle be diagnosed at the cost of $120. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 59,600.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #72

Apr 152010


  • 19,200 miles


My 2007 Saturn Ion only has $19,000 miles on it the power steering keeps going out, I saw many others are having the same problem, please recall.

- Mineral, VA, USA

problem #71

Mar 152010


  • 50,000 miles
There is a recall on Chevrolet cobalt's and Pontiac G5's NHTSA campaign id number 10V073000 for electric power steering loss of power. That occurs any time and is becoming more frequent on my 2007 Saturn Ion it has the same power steering assist. Why is my car not listed when it is a GM product as well with the same component.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #70

May 062010


  • 31,000 miles
My 2007 Saturn Ion steering locks up.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #69

Jan 192010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at speeds of 70 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated. The power steering assist then failed and the contact was able to move the vehicle off the roadway. When restarting the vehicle, the power steering assist resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where unknown repairs were made. The failure did not recur. In addition, the ignition also failed and in order to shut off the engine, the battery and a fuse had to be disconnected. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnosis of the ignition failure. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #68

May 042010


  • 37,000 miles
Power steering light came on and power steering went out while doing 65 on the interstate.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #67

May 052010


  • 54,400 miles
I have a Saturn Ion 2007 with 54433 miles and the power steering pump went out. There is no recall on this. But there is on the cobalt which has the same pump.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #66

May 012010


  • 33,167 miles
The power steering frequently goes out while driving my 2007 Saturn Ion redline. During normal driving, the car beeps, the power steering light on the dash goes on (pwr str), and the car becomes very hard to control. The only way to "reset" the system is to stop the car, shut it off, wait 30 seconds, and restart the car. This has happened to me 8-10 times now. Similar cars from GM (Chevy cobalt, Pontiac G5, etc) utilize the same parts and have been recalled by GM. However, when contacting GM regarding the Saturn Ion, they state that for the Ion, "they haven't had enough complaints to warrant a recall." This is a huge safety issue. Losing power steering while driving can cause loss of control and may lead to an accident and/or injuries and deaths.

- Andrews Afb, MD, USA

problem #65

Apr 252007


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the power steering failed intermittently and the power steering light illuminated when this failure occurred. The vehicle would become difficult to steer when the power steering malfunctioned. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 60,000.

- La Cyzen, KS, USA

problem #64

Apr 242010


  • 47,231 miles
2007 Saturn Ion power unit light comes on and the steering is hard to turn. Checked fuses and there is no problem. Car does not take power steering fluid, it is an electric power steering unit.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #63

Apr 112010


  • 62,000 miles
I was driving the car and got a pwr str warning on my console. I noticed that I had lost my power steering. I pulled over and turned the car off. When I restarted the car everything worked fine. I didn't have the issue again for 3 days, but now im having it 10-15 times a day. My fiance is the normal driver of this car and does not have the strength to steer and control the car when it looses the power steering. She has almost been in 3 wrecks in the last week resulting from this. There is a recall for the Chevy cobalt and Pontiac G5 that is tsb 10V073000. This is the same part and component that is on the Saturn Ion, but it wasn't included in the recall for some reason.

- Houston, TX, USA

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