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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Saturn Ion Power Steering Failure
Saturn Ion Problem
Average Mileage: 78,732 mi (15,000 mi - 137,552 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Saturn Ion, 97,800 mi
I was driving down the road at about 40MPH when my car dinged and a warning message came on reading PWR STR. When I slowed down thats when it got hard to turn and control. I called Saturn and they told me there was a special coverage not a recall. Diffrerence...recall you take your car in right away to get it fixed as with special coverage you only take it in it youre experiencing the problems. The guy told me the special coverage is 10 years or 100000 miles and itll be fixed for free. Have an appointment on friday so we will see.
Visitor, 2006 Saturn Ion, 131,000 mi
Of course im over 100,000 miles when this started.
Visitor, 2003 Saturn Ion, 80,100 mi
About a month ago, my power steering went completely out. I know there's a recall on the 2005-2007 models but not mine. This is really scary but I can't afford to have it fixed. It's a damn shame, too, since I just bought the car 5 months ago.
power steering would fail randomly while driving; would be fine after a re-start
power steering motor was replaced free of charge by a chevy dealer under a gm service bulletin
Visitor, 2006 Saturn Ion, 97,000 mi
While driving I heard 3 beeps and then PWR STR was illuminated in the trip mileage monitor. The power steering was gone and it was very hard to turn the steering wheel. Once i turned off the engine and restarted it, the steering was fine. This has happened several times. A friend told me about this problem and that GM is not issuing a recall but that they are repairing the problem at no cost. I have an appointment to get it fixed tomorrow. It had better work!!
Visitor, 2006 Saturn Ion, 15,000 mi
Driving at a speed of 45 MPH, I lost power steering. At that speed I had some steering control, but extremely stiff. After slowing down to 25 MPH the car was almost impossible to steer. I had my car towed to a GM dealer where it was diagnosed as a failed electric power steering motor. It was repaired as a warranty replacement at no charge to me.
Visitor, 2003 Saturn Ion
arg - power steering out and saturn / gm has not called me back or responded to my request!!
Visitor, 2006 Saturn Ion, 120,000 mi
Power steering going out!!!
Visitor, 2007 Saturn Ion, 137,552 mi
dinging. then says pwr str. this happens at least 3 times a day. Very hard to steer, actually did it in a turn the first time.
Visitor, 2006 Saturn Ion, 36,000 mi
Would start car and power steering light would come on and power steering would not work. Turn car off and on again and it would be fine for a few days. Brought in to a GM dealership and they said it would be 257.00 to replace electric motor. Then they called me back on same day and said it would be free, because it was a known defect. Yay!