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.


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 5 of 19)

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problem #282

Jul 152013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


The power steering light pops on while I'm driving. When the car is turned off and then back on there is no power steering light but will pop back on later during my drive. Extremely hard on the driver.

- Carter Lake, IA, USA

problem #281

Jun 212013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 125,200 miles
The power steering malfunctioned while turning onto an exit ramp from an interstate highway at 55 mph. As soon as it occurred, the console light indicated a power steering code. After pulling into a truck stop, I looked to check for the power steering fluid level, and discovered that it is an electronic system. When restarting the vehicle, the problem was resolved. There were no issues for several days and many miles, and now it is happening frequently, and occurs at both low and highway speed, while operating the vehicle in straight conditions, and while turning on city streets and parking lots. I have researched this problem online and have discovered that this type of situation it is already under investigation by the NHTSA.

- Red Lion, PA, USA

problem #280

Jun 262013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 85,432 miles
From 2010-present (2013), the vehicle has exhibited intermittent power steering failure. Failures would occur after driving the vehicle for some time, ranging from several minutes, to several hours. Power steering would cut out while driving, presumably after extensive utilization of the power steering mechanisms. At this point a chime would sound and the "check engine" dash light would illuminate, indicating an issue with the power steering. Power steering loss would remain until the vehicle was shut off and restarted. Upon the restart of the vehicle, the power steering would again resume normal operation. Failures would occur at sporadic intervals. No common factor could be easily identified such as temperature, humidity, steering intensity or trip length, although these may be factors. Steering failure events occur approximately once every 8 months.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #279

Jun 252013


  • 125,000 miles


The manufacturer key wont start the car without spending over 10 min. Turning the wheel back and forth and finding just the right "spot". key will come out fine, even without shutting car completely off at times. This is insane, from what I've read, there are more than enough complaints similar to this to warrant an investigation or recall. This is not only a safety feature, its just shows horrible workmanship. Already been a part of the original power steering recall before it became a recall. People need to complain, keep complaining and demand GM to take responsibility for this crap.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #278

Jun 192013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 88,412 miles
Had just pulled out of driveway when power steering indicator chimed and I lost power steering. Pulled over and turned vehicle off. When I turned it back on, car functioned normally and I was able to proceed to my destination. Are there any recalls for this problem as I have read many complaints on your site?

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #277

Jun 042013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, a warning chime sounded with the illumination of the power steering warning indicator. In addition, there was a complete loss of power steering assist. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. The vehicle resumed normally upon being restarted. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The fuse was replaced however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #276

Jun 152013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Was driving when power steering went out.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #275

Jun 112013

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
I had just pulled my car forward to help a friend jump her car. Once I put it in reverse to move my car, the power steering went out.

- Ripon, CA, USA

problem #274

May 302013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 24,698 miles
I was driving and attempting to come to turn a corner when the vehicles steering suddenly died. A "chime" sounded, I had no ability to steer and my brakes failed! in a panic as I headed straight for a mom with two children I pulled my emergency brake and jumped the curb. My car was towed to a local good year by my home. I researched the Saturn Ion 2007 that night and found out GM is aware of the power steering issue and refused to issue a recall but they will "fix your car for free at a dealership". after a day and a half of GM refusing to tow my car to one of their dealerships, I had the local shop fix it. I was then told by GM that they "might" reimburse me. I almost died, almost killed someone, missed work the next day, shelled out $1000 and they "might" help me if they deem me fit. I am outraged. Please help the owners of these death machines seek justice and force GM to recall the vehicles - save lives please.

- South Plainfield , NJ, USA

problem #273

May 172013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 40,800 miles
Power steering indicator light came on and steering assist failed completely. No prior problems or warning. Car had to be towed to service center. Repairs have been made and bill paid personally.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #272

Mar 012013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


I was driving 45 mph when my pwr str light flashed and I was unable to control the steering wheel. I pulled over asap and turned off my car. I turned it back on and the light was no longer on, I was then able to control my steering wheel. I was able to drive to my destination. One hour later I turned my car back on and the message was once displayed. After I restarted the car the light was off. I have had this same issue in March and the GM dealership repaired it under warranty. Now 2 months later it has happened again, and the dealership is stating that it is not under warranty because it is the steering column assembly. However, that is related to the power steering control module in which is causing this issue. I believe this should be under warranty given that there has been a recall for an issue that is related to this same situation.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #271

Jun 182012


  • 65,000 miles
Power steering cut off and flashed a pwr str on my dashboard. After turning the car off and turning back on, it would work. I have been dealing with this for about the last year, and it is progressively getting worse. It will wait less than 2 minutes before the steering goes out vs. About 10 minutes when the problem first occurred. I have a feeling that because I'm having to turn the wheel completely all the time will wear on my axel and create more problems.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #270

May 212013


  • 81,000 miles
While driving car on three separate occasions the power steering light came on and car is very very hard to turn. When you restart the car problem goes away however returns again.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #269

Aug 182010


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated as the vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical power steering pump needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired for the same failure on three different occasions. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was 177,000. The VIN was not available.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #268

Mar 012013


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and making a turn, the steering became extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was later towed to a dealer. After diagnosis, they advised her that there was a computer failure in the steering column and it needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 76,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Santa Barabara, CA, USA

problem #267

Mar 292013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 80,250 miles
I turned right at a light and as soon as I began to pick up speed my steering wheel locked and the power steering light indicator came on. I was unable to control my car. This was very frightening yet since I was not on the freeway yet I was able to merge over to the side of the road. I turned my car off and back on yet the steering warning light was still on and I could not move my car. I called the tow truck and after my car sat for about 30 minutes and I restated the vehicle the power steering light was off and my steering wheel was movable. Due to the dangerous nature of this event I am contacting GM because I am afraid to drive my car at a high speed with chance I would loose control of my car.

- Florence, AZ, USA

problem #266

Mar 012010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds or when standing outside the vehicle, he noticed a strong odor of gasoline. In addition, he also noticed that the power steering would fail when completing a turn. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The current mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #265

Sep 262012


  • miles
Was driving when my car dinged and I got a power steering light on my dash and my power steering failed. This has happened several times in the last few months.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #264

Jan 302013


  • 92,387 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and making a turn, the power steering warning illuminated and the steering wheel seized and the contact crashed into a curb. The contact restarted the vehicle and it drove normally. The vehicle was later taken to a dealer. The diagnosis was pending. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 92,387. The VIN was unavailable.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #263

Apr 162008


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the steering wheel exhibited a clunking sound when completing a right or left turn. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the intermediate shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 40,000. The VIN was not available.

- Mcgaheysville, VA, USA

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