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Saturn Ion Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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 mos...

Engine -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

Saturn Ion Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 6, 2004

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Some welds between the passenger side motor rail and bumper bracket of the vehicle do not meet the engineering specification. Long term durability of the joint may be reduced and the bumper bracket may separate from the frame, increasing the risk of a crash. The GM recall number is 03067.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 30, 2003

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The power windows and/or sunroof may operate after the ignition has been turned to the off position and the front passenger door is opened. If children are left unattended and operate the windows or sunroof, there is an increased risk of injury. Dealers will upgrade the body control module (BCM) calibration to correct this concern.

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Electrical & Lights, November 17, 2004

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One or both or the front turn signal/daytime running lamps may stop working because of loss of contact between the bulb and the socket. If a turn signal lamp is inoperative, others may react more slowly to a turning vehicle and a crash could occur. Dealers will replace the affected bulbs add add a daytime running light jumper kit as required. The General Motors recall number is 04095.

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Engine, December 30, 2003

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A fuel leak may develop on vehicles equipped with a 2.2L 4-cylinder engine. Premature corrosion of the exterior of the filter could lead to a hole, resulting in a fuel leak. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the inline fuel filter to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 03068.

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Engine, June 9, 2004

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On some supercharged Ion models, the hard fuel feed pipe to the engine could crack and leak fuel near the fuel rail. If this happens, there would be an noticeable fuel odor. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel feed pipe assembly. The recall began June 9, 2004. The GM recall number is 04053.

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Saturn Ion Questions and Answers

bdege, 2003 Saturn Ion, Reading, PA

what could this be? oxygen sensor or in relation to the heater circuit itself(fuse maybe?)

Rumsita, 2003 Saturn Ion, Denver, CO

When I turn on the fan in the cabin (for heating or cooling), I get this strange noise, like there is a leaf or something stuck in the fan. It is worse on the lower settings with less air flow, an...

Rumsita, 2003 Saturn Ion, Denver, CO

My rearview mirror has a built-in compass and thermometer, but the compass is now broken. Do I have to replace the whole mirror to get it fixed, or would it be more simple than that? Would I be b...

Looking for an honest answer, 2003 Saturn Ion, Salisbury, MD

Was told by Saturn that they would have to replace the ignition module. The anti-theft device does not recognize my key, intermittently. The anti-theft system thinks that someone is using a key it ...

dumbcar, 2003 Saturn Ion, Denver, CO

the last time I had my car serviced and new brakes installed, the mechanic said I would need "new linkage" What did he mean by this?

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Saturn Ion Reviews

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 that it will have to be my last. There is nothing out there to beat my Ion in looks, performance and reliability. Going to hang on to it as long as possible. Routine maintenance will, hopefully, keep it going for a long, long time.

I too have a 2007 Saturn ION and this is actually my 3rd Saturn. I've been very pleased with my cars, never had any trouble with my car. Routine mainentance is the key to maintaining any car I think. Maybe that's why my car is running so well. It's already got 87,000 miles on it too!

My check engine light has been coming on in my 2007 Saturn Ion since we bought it in 2007. I can't begin to count the times it's been in the shop. They have put four gas pedals in and rewired it and it's still doing it. When Onstar pulls the code, it says it's the throttle. They don't know what else to do with it and of coarse my warranty is up. GM has been notified and has offered NO HELP! The lemon law firm was going to take my case and GM scared them off. This is ridiculous! There should be better laws protecting buyers! I will NEVER own another GM again! This is a dangerous problem and GM is going to be sorry if this problems results in an accident. When the engine lights come on it goes to reduced power mode and you lose half the power and can't accelerate. Saturn had my car last summer more than I did. I can't wait to pay this off and buy something other than a GM. If this is how GM treats their customers than no thanks!!!

OK I have had my Saturn Ion for 4 years its a 2007. I have had issues with the engine like crazy for 2 years now I have had the thing in and out of the shop. The check engine light comes on and stays on for weeks then will go off for weeks. At first thought it was the gas cap(cause GM doesnt make good gas caps) Well that was not it. Had the complete engine checked over and they fixed the cylinders and wires and coils. Now a year later it is in the shop again for misfiring and its the coil (we hope) The exhaust is horrible stinks to high heaven. The transmission kicks so hard you think you were hit or that u hit something. I dont think I will ever own another GM product. If you only care about the foo foo stuff then its body holds up well(its plastic and bounces back) Its interior is great lots of room and easy to haul most things. The radios suck. Trunk is nice size will carry alot. seat fold down very nice feature. The road noise is loud so it is pretty loud most times and if you have seats folded down it is horrible. If you go for a Saturn good luck to ya. I am paying this thing off asap and trading it in.

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 conditions, but up-shifting to 2nd or 3rd to minimize power/torque worked every time.
It's has suffered through our DIY projects. Hauling lumber up to 10' & still closing the trunk, hundreds of pounds of bagged garden soil per trip, decorative concrete blocks, & 12 hour round trips with 2 great Danes in the back seat.
I've had the bulb burnout problem which seemed to be tied into the Recall with the power outlet/lighter electrical. One service call and it never happened again.
The original exhaust pipes lasted over 100k miles. My only complaint is that the front pipe includes the catalytic convertor. Leaving the weakest point (the flex joint) right next to the exhaust manifold when it decided to go.
I'm sad to see Saturn gone. I would have gladly bought one again when this one finally dies.

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