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

steering problem

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 6 of 19)

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problem #262

Dec 212012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Halfway during the half mile commute to my home from work on December 21, 2012, the power steering failed. This happens very frequently. I hear the chime and then the pwr strng light comes on and I have to steer manually. I often have to stop my car and turn it off just to reset the steering. Sometimes it is very hard to turn the car safely while driving very slowly and/or parking. I feel that GM should be forced to recall this problem as I see from this site that it's a common and known problem. If an elderly, physically weak or inexperienced driver should have this happen, it could result in many serious accidents. I've owned my vehicle for 6+ years since brand new.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #261

Jan 112013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 82,600 miles
Lost power steering at 40 mph, car chimed & pwr str appeared on dash display. Filled up gas tank and steering worked. Got on highway and lost steering at 65mph. Shut off car at destination and steering was ok all the way home.there is no way my wife or daughter (possibly with my 2 grandsons) could steer the car at any speed without power steering.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #260

Dec 032012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 1,000,000 miles
Power steering goes out at random times while driving. Very hard to steer and make turns. Have called about having it fixed, there is no recall listed, but over 800 complaints of the same thing happening.

- Tishomingo, MS, USA

problem #259

Nov 132012


  • 85,000 miles


When I driver my vehicle the steering stiffer up as I driver it down the road.

- Bearden, AR, USA

problem #258

Dec 302012


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated as the vehicle became difficult to steer. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder and was later towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure and current mileages were 95,000.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #257

Dec 122012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 118,700 miles
Power steering failed while driving caused near crash situation. GM not ready to fix the issue.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #256

Dec 142012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


My Saturn Ion 2007 power steering failed while I was driving resulting in near crash situation as steering all-most jammed. Company is not ready to fix the power steering issue in-spite of extended warranty on power steering.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #255

Nov 302012


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while attempting to make a left turn, the power steering warning light illuminated as the vehicle became extremely difficult to steer. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure and current mileages were 46,000. The VIN was not available.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #254

Nov 052012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
The power steering light has come on several times in my vehicle. It then loses power steering. If I turn the car off and back on it works again. I have called around and been told the part in my car is the same part that was recalled in the Chevy cobalt.

- Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #253

Oct 112012


  • 112,000 miles
We bought a 2007 Saturn Ion for my daughter's first car about a year and a half ago. Several months ago she was coming home from school traveling down interstate 5 going about 65 miles an hour when all of a sudden her power steering shut off and jerked, causing her to almost hit the car in the next lane. Now every time she drives her car, about 12 or so minutes in, the power steering will shut off again. If you shut the car off and restart it, it's fine for a while, until it shuts off again. It does this every time she drives, without fail. She's scared to drive her car long distances, fearing that it will turn off again and cause an accident. Upon researching I discovered many other complaints describing exactly the same results with 2007 Saturn Ions. I'm afraid that, being a new driver, my daughter's safety, and the safety of others, is in jeopardy.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #252

Nov 042012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 73,255 miles


Was driving down I-70 at 70mph and power steering message came on and chimed a few times. Then, the steering wheel was locked up and hard to turn. Pulled into gas station to check under hood, but didn't notice anything. Then got back in the car and turned it on and the steering was fine. Purchased Saturn Ion in October 2007 and still have extended warranty coverage. Will GM cover power steering issue? thank you!

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #251

Oct 192012


  • 152,323 miles
I was driving home going about 55 mph when a signal light came on saying power steering. The steering wheel was very hard to turn almost causing a car accident with 3 cars.

- Boyce, LA, USA

problem #250

Oct 192012


  • 77,000 miles
Power steering stopped working, it will start working again if I shut off the car and restart it. The failure repeats itself after a few min.

- Spokane , WA, USA

problem #249

Oct 122012


  • 39,000 miles
As I was driving on a street at about 20 mph the power steering light went on and soon after the steering wheel got stiff and locked up. Luckily I was able to maneuver and the car still and pull over. I am very lucky that I was not driving on the freeway at high speed. This is very dangerous and am concerned that it is such a documented problem and still there is no recall.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #248

Oct 082012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 53,590 miles
I currently own a '07 Saturn Ion and just yesterday my power steering display light came on shortly after that I was unable to turn my steering wheel luckily I was able to move to the side and called for help.

- Huntington Park, CA, USA

problem #247

Oct 052012


  • 105,000 miles
Power steering light went on and lost power steering. Once vehicle was shut off and turned back on, problem resolved. Next time I was driving, I lost power steering again while I was driving.

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #246

Sep 012012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Shortly after starting vehicle pwr str is displayed and the power steering quits working completely. It started a few weeks ago. It used to work for a block or two after the car was first started. Now it happens as soon as the car starts moving. I know GM has extended the warranty because of problems with power steering, but it doesn't cover my vehicle because it has more than 100K miles. Shouldn't this be a recall situation?

- La Center, WA, USA

problem #245

Sep 072012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 64,800 miles
The power steering failed completely while driving in close quarters on the university of Georgia campus, . I was narrowly able to avoid hitting a telephone pole when turning off the road. After stalling and restarting the car, it worked for 3-4 minutes before again failing completely. Using repeated cycles of driving until it failed, turning the car off, then restarting it, I was able to safely get home, but the power steering continued to fail recurrently just a few minutes after each restart.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #244

Aug 262012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 125,679 miles
Exiting off I-40 West onto the hermitage exit the car beeped 3X and then the power steering went out.

- Bon Aqua, TN, USA

problem #243

Nov 162011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
2007 Saturn Ion 3 manual sedan 1.) fuel pump delivery system recall and has been repaired after a serious fuel leak was detected. 2.)purge flow solenoid- engine light came on after the pump delivery system was detected but was not repaired because it was not included in recall. Car gets very little gas mileage because the fuel to oxygen ratio being off. Every time I go to the gas station I cannot get my car to start. It doesn't matter if I have half of a tank of gas or almost on empty. It takes several tries and only starts after I rev the engine because the fuel to oxygen ratio and the fuel pump floods my car as soon as the fuel pump is engaged. I know that after this happens so many times that it will cause the starter to burn up in my car. 3.) ignition switch- cannot turn key on as if the steering wheel is locked/ cannot turn key off/ take key out and car is still running! disconnect battery to shut the car off. 4.) electronic power steering- acts as if the power steering has a short. While driving with speeds as little as 15mph in a residential neighbor hood or 70mph on the interstate. The power steering light comes on and all power steering is lost and becomes almost impossible to drive. After shutting the car off and restarting the car the power steering works but shortly after it fails again. This happens every time I drive my car. The first time this happened I was on an exit ramp on the interstate with a very sharp curve. I could barely control the vehicle. Needless to say my children are no longer allowed to ride in this car until it is repaired.

- Hixson, TN, USA

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