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Saturn Ion Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Saturn Ion

Saturn Ion Problems

The power steering assist may be lost intermittently along with illumination of the "power steering" warning message. In most cases, the power steering system will return to normal when the ignition is cycled off and the engine is restarted. General Motors recommends to replace the electric power steering assist motor to correct this problem. They have extended the warranty on the power steering assist motor to 10 years or 100,000 miles on most 2004-2007 Ion models. This is not a "recall" but an extension of the original warranty.

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing an engine misfire, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Diagnoses will be required to determine the cause and needed repair.

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

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Saturn Ion Questions

The clutch is popping out of gear, hard to get back into a gear and sometimes can't get back in.

Do all Ions have electric power steering? I do not think I do. My steering is not that easy as most power steering is. It seems I was told at the dealership that I did not have the luxury model. How can I tell?

Bought 4 new tires and paid for 4 wheel alignment. Was told rear is severely out of alignment but can not be aligned due to rear fixed axle. If fixed, how did it get out of alignment & how can I get it aligned. Car has never been in accident.

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Saturn Ion Recalls

In order to help prevent rollaway type accidents, all late model vehicles are designed so that the transmission must be in park (or reverse for a manual transmission) before the ignition switch can be turned to the "off" position and the key removed. These vehicles are being recalled because the key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "off" position, increasing the risk of a rollaway type accident. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the ignition lock cylinder as necessary. 2 new keys will also be supplied and programmed as required.

The vehicles being recalled are equipped with an electric power steering (EPS) assist system. The EPS can fail unexpectedly while driving. If this were to occur, steering ability would be maintained but much greater effort would be necessary to steer the vehicle, especially at slow speeds. One of four remedies will be applied depending on the model and year. Parts are not yet available so expect a second notification when they are. 

These vehicles are being recalled because the weight on the key ring and/or a jarring event while driving may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the ignition switch to correct this concern.

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Saturn Ion Reviews

I bought a 2004 Saturn in 07. It had 48,000 miles on it and seemed to run fine.. until it got cold...or cool anyway. If the wind was blowing and it was a little cold, it would take about 20 tries for my car to start in the morning. What's really odd is, I had about 6 inches of snow on my car and it started right up! I have taken it to 2 different mechanics and they can't figure it out. Also, th...

I've had my Ion 3 for over 8 years & put over 115k miles on it. it was the first new car I ever purchased & found it to be an excellent car! I live in the North East & put the car through Central NY winter road salt & VT back roads. I found it to have very good handling in the snow & at dodging between deer & guard rails. It had a tendency to be over powered & spin when leaving stops in icy ...

I absolutely love my Saturn Ion. It's 8 1/2 years old now and has 63,000 miles on it. Wonderful in the Ohio snow. Hugs curves. Comfortable on long trips. But the best part, for me, is how it climbs the mountains in North Carolina and Arkansas. No lagging at all. A burst of speed and we're at the top of the mountain! This is my 3rd Saturn, and the best of the bunch. Am so terribly sorry th...

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