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 8 of 19)

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problem #222

Mar 182012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles


Yesterday afternoon I was driving on our main city road, going 35-40mph. What sounded like the seat belt alarm went off a few times, then all of a sudden the power steering went out. The same thing happened again on the same day as I was backing out of a driveway. It seems to be a sporadic issue because it didn't happen again last night. Not wanting to take any chances, I dropped the car off at my local mechanics last night....just got the call from him that the car needs a new steering motor. This could be an extremely dangerous event and the car should be recalled. I'm a 47 yr old woman with ms and it's nearly impossible for me to take a turn when the power steering is out.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #221

Sep 202011

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the powering steering warning light illuminated as the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was 78,500 and the current mileage was 80,388. Updated 03/27/12 updated 03/30/12

- Stevens Point , WI, USA

problem #220

Mar 052012


  • 83,000 miles
Power steering loss while moving. Two occurrences: At 35-40mph and at 25-30mph. Total loss of power steering. Engine must be shut off and restarted to regain function. While there is a current recall on 2005-10 Chevrolet cobalts and 2007-10 Pontiac G5S, N.H.T.S.a. you fail to follow though with Saturn. GM has issued a letter stating that Ions, too, were affected.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #219

Feb 162011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


The power steering just went out.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #218

Mar 012012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 114,800 miles
Electric assist power steering failure.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #217

Feb 212012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The power steering light came on when I was backing out of a parking spot. I lost all power steering. Then I check it later tonight and it magically works again. So I guess tomorrow it'll go out again. Just hope its not when I am taking a corner.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #216

Feb 172012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


Power steering went out when turning a corner, prompting loss of control. Vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and hit a curb. Thankfully, it was not hit by any oncoming vehicles and there does not appear to be any damage to the vehicle. A "pwr steer" warning came on just as loss of power steering occurred. Once vehicle power was switched off and back on, power steering was restored, only to go out again 5 miles later.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #215

Feb 032012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The power steering went out. The power steering came back on the next day but has been intermittently going in and out ever since the first incident date.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #214

Jan 042012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Operating the 2007 Saturn Ion with 80,000 miles on a major highway when "pwr steering" appeared on my dash display. The vehicle became difficult to control; however, I'm a 28 year old marine and I can handle the vehicle. If this was to occur to an adult over 65 years of age or to a teenage driver, then this could most certainly cause a wreck. I have been driving my vehicle without pwr steering as I can not afford the $1500 replacement/fix of the power steering problem. I'm waiting for a recall. The subject vehicle was bought new in October 2006 and I have been the only owner.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #213

Nov 072011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 35,297 miles
Odometer dings three times and reads pwr stg can barely turn the steering wheel and under 15 mph.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #212

Dec 172011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 59,210 miles


I have a problem with the power steering lights goes on and it is difficult to drive, the car has less than 60K miles and really bad that the manufacture doesn't take care of this malfunction. I need to know how to get it fix this problem because it seems that the problem came from the manufacturer.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #211

Dec 122011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The electric steering keeps going out and took it to an authorized Saturn dealer and they said that the would have to check it to see why its going out as there has been recalled on the electric steering in the Pontiac G6 which has the same problem and carries the same system and the dealer told me if its not the motor I have to pay $97.50 for them to find out its not the motor in the steering plus what it cost to fix it there has been problems with the electric steering there should be a full recall on all the one that uses the same part with the ones that have been recalled all ready this is a big safety issue and GM should pay to correct the problem not charge a customer to check what's wrong with it as there is still some warranty on the car this problem needs fixed and I don't have the money to pay out the car only has 55,600 miles on it shouldn't be having problems like this hope you can help with this issue and get GM to do a recall on this for theses cars power steering failure like that makes the car hard to steer.

- Greenwood , IN, USA

problem #210

Dec 312011


  • miles
I was driving with my young daughter in the car and as I was turning onto another road, the powering steering failed and I was nearly in an accident. I read that GM thought there wasn't enough evidence to warrant a recall for this problem! it's electronically control and has failed on thousands of people. Do we have to wait until people are fatally injured before they fix this?! we have enough to worry about while we're driving and if this senseless issue cause my little girl to get hurt, I would personally go to the GM headquarters and kick them in their multi billion dollar [xxx]! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Valley City, OH, USA

problem #209

Dec 232011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
We have had three occasions in which the power steering has failed while in motion on the 2007 Saturn Ion. This is a notorious problem, over 5000 complaints for the same issue, with this vehicle and yet you have not issued a recall. Power steering going out while driving is a massive safety issue. Luckily the first time it went out I was driving and not my wife, B/C at 50+ mph she would not have been able to handle the car. The steering wheel on the car is quite small and driving without power steering is very difficult even for a reasonably experienced individual driving without power steering. You are failing to do your job and putting people's lives at risk as this is an issue that you supposedly investigated in 2009. This is completely inexcusable and an immediate recall should be issued before you get people killed.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #208

Nov 152011


  • miles
The power steering goes out as the car is driving until stopped and started again.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #207

Dec 012011

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
My power steering light came on and I noticed that I had lost the power steering ability. With difficulty, I steered the car to the side of the road and turned the car off and then back on and the power steering was working again. This has happened multiple times and with the research I have done, I feel it needs to be recalled for my specific Saturn. I bought the car used 1.5 years ago and did not know of any problems until now. I have over 100xxx miles on it but that should not exclude me from any recalls that may be issued in the future. I drive my car over 200 miles a day and no longer feel safe in it. This is my 3rd Saturn and I have always loved them but I am very disappointed that this has not been recalled on my car when it is a very specific problem that is happening and being recalled in other vehicles. I got an estimate of over $1000 to fix the problem but I do not have that kind of money laying around. I just hope that I do not get in an accident because of this. If that does happen, GM will be hearing from my attorney.

- Pine City, MN, USA

problem #206

Dec 152011

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving on 95 North 12-15-2011 and the power steering warning light came on and automatically my powersteering shut off completely to where I was unable to turn the wheel at all. I turned the car off and on and low and behold the wheel as fine. Thought everything was fine untilthe next day 12-16-2011 I was driving on 95 North again and it did it a second time this time my two year old son was in the car with me (not safe at all) and it was rush hour luckily I was able to turn the car ff and on again and it worked so I could get home, this needs to be fixed and recalled as I have done my research and it seems that this is a major issue with this car.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #205

Sep 032011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The power steering stopped working while driving. A warning light saying pwr steering appeared when this happened. The car was drivable but hard to maneuver due to lack of power steering. Once I restart the car it resets and the power steering is normal until the problem recurs which is often. There is could happen on a short or long drive. I could drive a block the light appears I shut the car off it resets and I could drive for miles and it not happen again or go another block only for the problem to happen all over again. From my understanding this is a recognized issue with this make and model of Saturn and it will be fixed under warranty. How do I go about getting this fixed without it costing me since this is a known problem. I am reporting in hoping it will help to have this problem be officially called a recall by GM and Saturn and fixed once and for all.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #204

Sep 022011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
The power steering failure light comes on and I will have no power steering. I can cut car off and wait a few minutes and then the light is out and the power steering working. Very sporadic. Sometimes happens 3 or 4 times in 40 mile trip. Sometimes does not happen at all. If very dangerous when it happens and I am turning a corner.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #203

Aug 032011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 111,111 miles
I want to add my vehicle to the list of complainants that are having trouble with the faulty power steering issue on the 2004-2007 Saturn Ions. I have had this trouble since the beginning of August this year almost right at 100,000 miles. That makes my car ineligible for the reimbursement offer GM has. It is only good for 10 years and 100,000 miles I was just past that. However, if you are forcing them to issue a recall I don't see why they should not have to fix my car as well. The incidents, thankfully, have only occurred while I was driving, and I have been able to control the vehicle. I have been fortunate enough to not have it go out in mid turn yet, and I have not had it go out at low speeds in high traffic yet. These are the most dangerous times, I believe, for the loss of power steering. Fortunately the unit has never failed while my wife was driving. In addition to being a touch physically weaker than I am she is terrified of driving anyway, and I fear if it happened to her she would absolutely have an accident as a result. I have also had problems with the cruise control not working since I purchased the vehicle on August 28, 2006. I took it in once under warranty to have it repaired and they said it was a well known loose wiring issue. It wasn't more than a month or so later that I was having the same issue. When I took it in for repair this time, they told me it was no longer covered under warranty and they wanted $600 to repair a "known loose wiring issue" I was understandably upset about that and chose to just have a finicky cruise control since then.

- Cordova, TN, USA

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