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Saturn ION Engine Problems

394 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Saturn ION. 98 of these members (24.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 169 engine repairs to Saturn IONs--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Saturn ION problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Chart based on 597 repairs.

Saturn ION engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 123 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Saturn ION repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2007 Saturn ION

Engine not specified

1860 mi   Check engine light came on when vehicule clocked over 1000km on January 4th. Was told that it was not a big deal and was given an appointment on February 21nd. I left the vehicule there all day and got it back in the evening. Light came back on three ... 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

17000 mi US $45 intermittently, check engine will come on as well as abs, brake, no codes are stored, so nothing gets done about it 
33000   When fueling, pump keeps stopping. Bad tank purge solenoid. 
34500   check engine light, gas tank needed to be replaced has a built in valve that is defective, wheel hub bearings also no good, making loud noise. 
29000   Car would not start a few times. Dealer found no error codes, so dealer did nothing. As an aside, dealer updated engine software. 
31000   Car would not start again. Dealer found error codes. Dealer replaced ignition switch at no charge, since car is still under warranty, and this is a known issue. As an aside, dealer performed 30,000-mile maintenance. 
55000 US $500 Check engine light came on. Diagnosis result: engine thermostat was 'barely functional'. Actions taken: Replaced thermostat and flushed radiator. Problem fixed. 
93000   Problem: Engine light flashing and rough acceleration. Error code diagnosed as misfire in cylinder. Coil pack replaced. Repair completed successfully. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

170-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

21000 mi   Car shuts off unexpectantly making right hand turns at slow speeds. 
29000   Fuel pump in tank had to be replaced leaking fuel externally 
22940   Check engine light was on for a few days, however by the time I was able to bring my vehicle in, the light had already been off for a week and the computer showed no history. 
23560   Injectors out of balance, installed 4 new updated injectors and performed reprogramming. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

25420 mi   Ignition switch causing no start issue. Replaced ignition. 

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2004 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

55000 mi US $305 Ignition control module and coil pack shorted, causing car to misfire under a load. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

110000 mi   Passlock problem, dealer offered free repair upon $50 deductible = rejected.  

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