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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,060 miles

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2007 Saturn Ion suspension problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 022016


  • 48,000 miles


Fuel leaking from gas tank area, became aware when passenger cabin filled with fuel vapor, noticed gas smell for the past few years when walking near rear of vehicle fuel mileage has been terrible since vehicle was only 2 years old. Had vehicle into dealership and complained about mileage, I believe was loosing fuel for a long period of time before this major leak occurred. It made my wife and myself along with my family dog very sickly. Had into dealership 3 monts ago and was told there was no leak, but they failed to drop tank and inspect as per GM recall 09226. Now at another dealership and they are telling me I have to pay for the repair to gas tank/sending unit out of my own pocket. This is not what is stated on recall from GM global warranty management on bulletin 09226C dated July 19th 2015

- Whitby Ont Canada, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 082009


  • 10,163 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph, a loud thumping noise emitted from under the vehicle on the driver's side and no warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure but decided to replaced the front control arm bushings without performing a front end alignment. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,163.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 052013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Left and right lower control arm failure. Caused belt to break in tire. Towed to repair.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 182012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Load metal clang on bumps ? driver side front. The button bushing is contained in a metal ring that is pressed into the arm. The ring does not separate from the control arm. The problem is the bushing is not secured well enough in that ring (the ring is not crimped around the top and bottom of the bushing as it should be) and separates allowing the whole arm to go up and bump against the frame causing a loud clang when the suspension rebounds from a bump. It is easily diagnosed by visual inspection seeing the rear area of the control arm up against the frame. I can see the bushing shredding as a wear issue but this is a defect where the busing is failing because it is not secured as it should be. I replaced it myself and made this video of it. Many others have the same issue.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

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

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problem #1

Sep 072011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 40,200 miles
Prior to warranty expiry GM repaired bearings on steering rods at no cost. After warranty expiry rattling started on right front sway bar. Independent inspection showed rod end could be rattled by hand when on hoist. Failure appeared imminent. Sway bar connecting bearings were replaced at owner's cost. Could have caused control problems if these pieces of junk were left uncorrected.

- Regina, ND, USA

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