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2006 Saturn ION repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (30%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 246 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2006 Saturn ION.

2006 Saturn ION repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (49%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 87 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Saturn ION

Engine not specified

Saturn ION in Saskatchewan, Canada
Aug 2010 - Oct 2011
Sep 2010

39680 mi
dipstick was popping out. Turned out to be a pinched pcv line on the back of the engine 
Oct 2011

50840 mi
loose stabalizer arm knuckle 
Saturn ION in Wisconsin, United States
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

110000 mi

US $100
Wheel bearing is getting terribly loud. I had to fix it. With the low value of the ion, I'm just sticking to one wheel bearing and not replacing the other. 
Saturn ION in Florida, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2011
Jul 2011

87000 mi

US $560
rear wheel bearing bad had to replace entire hub asesembly--other side will need to be replaced soon  
Aug 2011

84500 mi

US $650
Car began leaking heavily around all doors and windows 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Jan 2010
Nov 2008

55000 mi
Power steering became unoperable for a short trip was advised to take into dealer for safety 
Saturn ION in Missouri, United States
Nov 2006 - Sep 2016
Jan 2006

300 mi
Service Engine Soon light came on - clutch pedal switch/cruise control activation problem. Algorithm written to throw SES light on if computer "decides" speed changes too often within a certain distance. 
Feb 2006

1100 mi
Clutch pedal made a ratcheting sound when depressed - mechanic lubricated ball-and-socket joint at pedal actuator rod. Glove box refused to stay latched. Parts ordered. 
Mar 2006

2200 mi
Faulty glove box latch. Replaced with new assembly ordered in February. Clutch pedal squeaked. Lubed assembly. SES came on again around 2800 miles, same condition as 1st entry. Codes reset. 
Apr 2006

3300 mi
SES light activated again, same code stored as before. Tech cleared the codes, claims unit works as designed. 
Jun 2006

5800 mi
Fuel sending unit shorted, replaced. SES light on again. LF & RF windows rattled when open. Not fixed. Repaired chip in LF rocker panel, repainted rear bumper where trunk meets, installed 3 rubber stops, repainted, adjusted fuel filler door. 
Aug 2006

8700 mi
Foam emerged from LF roof driprail. Removed and repositioned foam. SES light again - no codes found. Installed latest PCM calibration, lubed clutch pedal hinge and push rod. 
Sep 2006

9750 mi
Foam protruding from LR roof driprail - trimmed excessive insulation that was visible. Later in same month, LR driprail foam replaced. 
Oct 2006

11100 mi
Foam in entire right side driprails removed and replaced. 
Dec 2006

13500 mi
Brake lamp lit during extremely cold weather. System checked - no problems found. SES light on again - new clutch switch ordered. Replaced uppermost clutch switch. Front pass. seat cover partially loose, r&r seat, secured cover, fasteners. 
Feb 2007

16300 mi
Brake lamp lit again during very cold weather - no issues. SES light on again. If PCM sees 8 or more changes in vehicle speed w/o pedal depressed, it will set code..."cannot be helped." 
Mar 2007

18000 mi
Squeak emanating from RR seat area - heard when outside temp is ~50F or less. Replaced RR latch, adjusted striker plate. Temporary fix. 
Apr 2007

18700 mi
RR squeak returns - Unable to duplicate at this time. 
Jun 2007

21000 mi
LF window creaks and groans when going up or down. Ordered new window regulator. New LF window regulator installed. SES light on again. Same code, cleared code (P0833). 
Jul 2007

22000 mi
Dash crack appeared near auto headlight sensor. Replaced center dash trim. Rental car. Left fuel tank strap loose and dangling. Bolt fell out. Replaced. Car towed to retailer, key stuck in ignition. Lock cylinder binding in housing. Replaced cylinder. Ren 
Sep 2007

24000 mi
Foam under RF roof driprail sticks out. R&R foam. Brake pedal squeaks, lubed booster rod. Moisture in headlamps, worse on L side. Given vented headlamp bulletin - working as designed. 
Nov 2007

27500 mi
RR seat squeak back again. Replaced RR seat cushion. Pop in driver's seat, at left edge. Seat bottom cover loose at front, adjusted tabs on seat pan and reclipped cover. 
May 2008

35000 mi
Steering wheel made a rattle when turned 180 degrees or more. Bad cruise control switch found - part ordered. 
Jun 2008

35000 mi
Steering wheel made a rattle when turned 180 degrees or more. Bad cruise control switch found. Wrong part was ordered on 2nd visit, had to return for 3rd visit to get correct ordered and installed. 
Dec 2009

56000 mi
RF wheel bearing assembly made droning noise at 25 mph and above. 
Jan 2010

56900 mi
Engine revs failed to drop between 1st and 2nd and 2nd and 3rd gears, SES light activated. Problem traced to failed camshaft position sensors. Retailer removed and replaced intake and exhaust sets under extended warranty. 
May 2010

62000 mi
L and R front sway bar links loosened. Dealer replaced clamps, insulators, bushings and link assemblies. Worn intermediate steering shaft replaced, car's front end clunked and popped during turns at low speeds. 
Dec 2010

70000 mi

US $88
I smelled gasoline while outside the car. Called retailer. Verified there is a TSB on replacing fuel pump module. Local Chevrolet dealer did the work as Saturn no longer exists. RR belt molding was replaced after original shrank and left gap which could have allowed water intrustion. Passenger side visor broke, would not retract against roof. 
Apr 2011

75000 mi
Catalytic converter broke internally at ~73,500 miles, replaced and covered under 8/80,000 mile emissions system warranty. 
Jul 2011

78000 mi

US $50
Driver's side sun visor refused to stay "up" or rest against roof, often dropping into my light of sight and brushing against my head in certain situations. RF belt molding shrank to due long-term weather exposure; it was replaced while car was in shop for non-related body work. 
Oct 2011

80000 mi

US $530
Front lower control arm bushings and front sway bar end links/bushings were failing. They were replaced. 
Sep 2012

92000 mi

US $1390
Replaced shock absorbers and struts. They were 6.5 years old and the mechanic implied at least one was leaking. I decided to heed the recommendation before it became worse and one or more units failed. Shop said end links bad. Compared prices, found dealer cheaper, went there. They said end links fine, but other parts not. L outer tie rod needed replacing. L outer CV boot torn and leaking, replaced. 
Aug 2013

102000 mi

US $587
Car leaked coolant; water pump leaked at weep hole. Replaced water pump. 
Sep 2013

102000 mi

US $387
Front crankcase seal leaked and needed replacement. Power steering assist motor began to fail. Replaced under extended warranty from manufacturer. 
Sep 2014

111000 mi

US $377
Droning noise from front heard at 25mph and above. Dealer replaced LF wheel bearing. 
Jun 2015

118000 mi

US $350
Front rotors would pulsate while slowing from highway speeds and when hot. Replaced front rotors and pads. 
Sep 2015

120000 mi

US $803
Fuel lines corroded, leaked due to age/rust, causing starter to crank longer than usual. Car became harder to start when cold. 
Oct 2015

120500 mi

US $414
Muffler had hole and began to crumble internally. 
Nov 2015

121000 mi

US $966
Only RF power window and locks worked. Other windows and power mirrors failed. After replacing door switch, BCM, it took new BCM and wiring repairs to solve the problem. 
Sep 2016

124000 mi
Traction control failed; may just need a new fuse. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

14260 mi
Check engine light showing intermittingly. Fuel injector fault code detected at dealer 4 injectors replaced. 
Saturn ION in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Sep 2015
Jun 2011

55180 mi

C $574
Severe rattle/shimmy when braking. Warped brake rotors, machined them to smooth surface. Brake pads were fine as they were replaced last year by me. Hear rattling noise in/near steering column. Similar to when i had steering column replaced a couple of years ago. Tech didn't detect the noise, he inspected steering components and didn't see anything. Still hear it, not too serious yet. 
May 2013

77145 mi

C $1760
New brakes all around (new pads, rotors, drums and shoes) New control arm bushings (both) New sway bar (right front) coolant flush, new brake fluid, fuel line recall check, 
Jun 2013

79360 mi
Check engine light was on. Flashed ecm with new firmware. Made car worse. Will be bringing it in again soon. 
Mar 2014

89280 mi

C $1100
Replaced both front struts that were serverely needing replacement 
Jun 2015

102300 mi

C $730
Bushings Flex pipe rusted through 
Saturn ION in Maryland, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

103000 mi

US $483
Intermediate Steering Shaft removed and new part installed. stabilizer link bushings removed - new parts installed. 
Saturn ION in Arizona, United States
- Jun 2007
Jun 2007

12500 mi
Right rear power window regulator 
Saturn ION in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Sep 2009 - Oct 2009
Oct 2009

38440 mi
Engine light was on when turned in, may have been a tiny hole in muffler.  

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in Illinois, United States
Apr 2008 - Apr 2013
Feb 2008

100000 mi

US $175
A SOFT GRINDING IN THE RIGHT FRONT. DEALER REPLACED FRONT BEARING WHILE DOING THE 100,000 MILE TUNE UP 
Apr 2009

175000 mi

US $80
My 21 year old son swapped out the alternator for a rebuilt unit from the local salvage yard. Total time for repair was 20 minutes. 
Mar 2010

210000 mi

US $45
Key stuck in ingition switch, unable to remove. Took to local shop who said this was a common problem. He replaced ignition switch. 
Saturn ION in Colorado, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2009
Mar 2008

33000 mi
Loose window regulator. Trunk lid rubbing on deck. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Dec 2007

22320 mi

C $500
Vechicle taken in for safety inspection. Informed front pads AND rotors had to be replaced to pass inspection. Was told the rotor had to be replaced because of a rust ridge around the outside of the rotor, grinding wasn't possible and was given the "All d 
Saturn ION in California, United States
May 2009 - Jul 2015
Mar 2011

46000 mi
Connection at the fuel tank hand to be replace per TSB recall. Vehicle had leaking fuel and strong fuel order. 
Saturn ION in Colorado, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2014
Mar 2011

52000 mi
correction of a power steering issue that was done under recall. experienced power steering failure several times previously. 
Oct 2011

59000 mi
replaced rear shocks 
Aug 2012

76500 mi

US $230
Ignition column needed to be replaced as the key was stuck in the ignition. 
Apr 2013

87700 mi

US $175
Replace front brake pads, adjust rear drums, flush brake fluid. 
Aug 2013

94300 mi

US $900
Replaced front shocks and struts 
Saturn ION in Massachusetts, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

133000 mi
Many emissions components required replacement. 
Saturn ION in New York, United States
Oct 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2007

17000 mi

US $45
seat cover latches keep popping off , resulting in seat cover coming off seat, seems to be unresolvable intermittently, check engine will come on as well as abs, brake, no codes are stored, so nothing gets done about it 
Feb 2008

21000 mi
Struts went bad. 
Nov 2008

29000 mi
Rotors were shiny and pads worn, again, replaced both. 
Sep 2009

33000 mi

US $100
drivers window not working; found window regulator no good (again) When fueling, pump keeps stopping. Bad tank purge solenoid. 
Jan 2010

34000 mi

US $100
continual problem with drivers window, got stuck and had to replace regulator 3 times then finally clips that hold glass in place on regulator, will see if this works, 4th time being repaired. 
May 2010

34500 mi

US $100
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. 
Saturn ION in Minnesota, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2016
Jul 2013

42000 mi

US $150
Lower control arm bushing replacement lower control arm bushing 
Aug 2016

58000 mi

US $800
Failure of the ECM logic cxircuits. 
Saturn ION in Florida, United States
Apr 2009 - Feb 2011
May 2009

56000 mi
Two problems here. The passlock system doesn't recognize the key in cold weather, causing it to take 10 mins before it will start. Also, it often won't release the key when I turn off the car.  The Airbag light has come on. I haven't done anything about it yet. 
Jan 2010

61000 mi

US $700
GM knows there is a problem with the passlock system that causes it to not allow the car to start in cold weather. Still, they won't pay to fix it. I fixed it myself, replacing and reprogramming the ignition switch. I also found both struts were bad. 
Jun 2010

74000 mi

US $300
The paint on the hood is now peeling off in streaks. This is an Ion, so it's not caused by how incredibly fast I am driving.  
Feb 2011

85000 mi
Paint peeling off hood in strips. 
Saturn ION in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2008 - Jan 2016
Aug 2012

87000 mi

US $600
I smelled fuel leaking from under the car. The mechanic checked it when they changed the oil, needed a new fuel pump. 
Saturn ION in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

131000 mi

US $150
Power steering failed while driving. Upon restarting the car, the power steering restored. Mechanic evaluated problem and replaced a blown fuse. 
Dec 2010

135000 mi

US $1500
Power steering fails, then reboots when the car is restarted. This is a constant problem. With the repair estimated at over $1500 on a car worth under $3k, we will be buying a replacement car instead of repairing. Common issue on 2006 Ion2 
Jun 2011

139000 mi
Head gasket blown and the car is now junked. Steering also never fixed. 
Saturn ION in California, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2016
Dec 2007

29000 mi
Car would not start a few times. Dealer found no error codes, so dealer did nothing. As an aside, dealer updated engine software. 
Feb 2008

31000 mi
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. 
Nov 2009

55000 mi

US $500
Check engine light came on. Diagnosis result: engine thermostat was 'barely functional'. Actions taken: Replaced thermostat and flushed radiator. Problem fixed. 
Jan 2010

59000 mi

US $350
Rear shock absorbers leaking fluid. Replaced both shocks. Ride more comfortable now, especially when entering and leaving driveways or going over speed bumps. 
Feb 2010

59000 mi

US $400
Both shock absorbers leaking fluid. Replaced both. Riding experience improved noticeably after repair. 
Mar 2011

79000 mi

US $300
Transmission coolant line leak. Part had to ordered from Detroit since even local GM/Saturn dealer did not carry it. Paid $40 extra for next-day shipping. Problem solved. 
Apr 2011

79000 mi

US $1500
Key stuck. Had to replace gear shifter assembly, ignition cylinder, and ignition housing. Then the steering wheel became stuck and the airbag light went on. Replaced clock spring, too, and now everything runs fine. Lower front control bushings worn out. Had to order part from Detroit. Turns out, the rear bushings need to be repaired, too, but I'm waiting for another time. Rear passengers will still feel bumps when riding. 
Sep 2011

85000 mi

US $400
Very bumpy ride. Rear passengers get carsick. Bushings/front strut links replaced. Ride quality significantly improved after repair. 
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $600
Squeaky noise when braking, even though brakes were still good. Cleaning brakes had no effect. Finally ended up replacing entire set of rear brakes. Problem went away temporarily. A month later, the squeaking is returning, but not as loud. 
Mar 2012

93000 mi

US $500
Problem: Engine light flashing and rough acceleration. Error code diagnosed as misfire in cylinder. Coil pack replaced. Repair completed successfully. 
Dec 2012

104000 mi

US $500
Brakes making loud noises when stopping. Unable to determine cause. Brake examination shows no problems. Wear still has 80% use life. Problem went away after brake replacement. This is the second time this has happened. 
Jan 2013

104000 mi

US $250
Trunk support bar snapped in half. Trunk unable to stay open. Replacement part required special order. Once repaired, the trunk is good as new. Paint stripped off the rocker/runner area where people step on before entering car. Shop repainted entire area and touched up other scratches elsewhere. Shop matched paint so car still looks good after 100,000 miles. 
Feb 2013

105000 mi

US $180
Brakes making grinding sound when braking. Diagnosed as uneven wear on rotors. Cleaned rotors and re-adjusted brakes. Noise went away temporarily. Eventually had to replace rotors (see later entry). Front struts were worn and had to be replaced. Re-lubricated all bushings and related chassis parts. Ride is smoother but you can still hear creaking sound at low speeds. 
Apr 2013

107000 mi
Because there were still grinding noises when braking, I took the car to another shop and requested that both rear rotors be replaced. (Pads are fine and were not replaced.) Grinding sounds have disappeared completely. 
Jun 2013

109000 mi

US $1180
Airbag error light appeared on dashboard. Mechanic determined that air bag sensor in the front passenger seat was faulty. Had to replace the entire housing unit in the seat and get a GM technician to reset the error light. 
Saturn ION in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Sep 2008
Aug 2008

24000 mi
When Braking, Rear pass. side wheel makes squeaking sound. Got brake rotors resurfaced, but noise remained until it later just went away. 
Saturn ION in New York, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2011
Jun 2008

20000 mi
replace passenger side conrtol arm bushing 
Jul 2008

21000 mi
Replaced driver side control arm. 
May 2009

27000 mi
replace control arm bushing 
Saturn ION in Michigan, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2010
Jan 2009

60000 mi

US $265
Fixed the dreaded passlock issue with a new ignition and also cleaned the injectors. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

supercharged 205hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2008 - Feb 2009
Oct 2008

28000 mi
Emergency brake was not operating correctly when released. Found rear brake calipers sticking. Caliper assemblies were ordered and replaced.  
Saturn ION in New York, United States
Mar 2010 - Apr 2013
Dec 2012

60000 mi

US $250
Evaporative Control Module... Check Engine Light kept coming on...*** Will need to return because now the light is on again and I am getting "Check Gas Cap" all the time. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

170-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jul 2016
Jun 2011

80600 mi

C $300
Shocks were going when I purchased the car at 77 000kms. At about 112,000kms, not longer could safely drive car. Back shocks replaced and fronts need to be done. 
Nov 2011

84940 mi
This was the electric steering problem which finally became untenable. Recall. 
Mar 2012

94240 mi

C $550
Shocks were replaced 
Oct 2012

107220 mi

C $350
all shocks and front bushings 
Apr 2013

119640 mi

C $400
Purchased wheel bearing and installed myself Replaced struts, NOT quick struts Left and right control arms Replaced hub/bearing Replaced rotors and pads 
Jun 2013

120900 mi
lock down mechanism on sun roof broke on both sides and unrepairable and replacing sunroof is the only way to fix it and not an option. extremely expensive. stupid that GM will not supply individual parts for sunroof and it is a part that wy 
Jun 2014

128340 mi
Recall for ignition switch and cylinder. But before they called me in to change it over, the ignition cylinder locked up with the car running and I could not turn it off(had to remove the ignition relay to turn the car off and disconnect the battery). 
Jul 2014

130840 mi

C $50
Variable valve timing sensor on intake side failed. Replaced. 
Sep 2014

138880 mi

C $40
Ignition coil cylinder one failed 
Jul 2015

154540 mi

C $35
Thermostat failed. 
May 2016

167400 mi

C $46
Failed side mirror adjustment switch. 
Jul 2016

171740 mi

C $56
replaced cruise set/resume switch. Left front window side molding replaced 
Saturn ION in Wisconsin, United States
- Aug 2007
Aug 2007

20000 mi
passenger window bolt vibrated loose causing the window to fall off track. The 2nd passenger airbag light does not indicate anything when a passenger is in the car. 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

170-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in Saskatchewan, Canada
Nov 2006 - Dec 2016
Nov 2006

4960 mi
Driver side mirror cracked occurred while scrapping off ice and snow. Repaired later that week within two hours in spite of having to replace entire unit. Rob Forsyth 
Jan 2008

11780 mi
In a week which averaged -40 celsius weather the security system need to be rebooted and the ignition switch replaced. Apparently it was a common problem that week for that make of car according to the dealership. 
Apr 2008

13020 mi
The cruise control went, apparently a problem on the vehicles was fixed in 2 hours. 
Jan 2009

17360 mi
Power steering went out. 
Mar 2009

18600 mi
Engine light came on. Took it too shop. Apparently I had a fuel line partly freeze up during very cold -30 Celcius weather. That caused engine light to come on had thawed by the time I got it to the shop.  
Mar 2011

31000 mi

C $700
Severely cracked window, replaced. Cause unclear. Arrived at a friends after four hour drive, didn't have crack, went out that night and I did. It wasn't a chip but a crack that quickly spider webbed through the glass. 
Jun 2011

32240 mi

C $55
Would not turn over happened in January. Replaced battery. Happened again, but this time battery fine. Could not replicate problem. Has not happened since that time. 
Jan 2012

33880 mi

C $150
Engine warning light was on it, appears that it was a false warning caused by a sensor problem. 
May 2012

40520 mi

C $300
Had to replace carburateur 
Jun 2014

55800 mi
Saturn ion ignition recall my key got stuck in the ignition so I got a loaner until the parts came in 
Jul 2015

68600 mi

C $700
Saturn Ions have a GM recall on the power steering. It goes out while driving 
Aug 2016

73620 mi

C $2500
Timing chain needed to be replaced 
Saturn ION in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Sep 2008

54000 mi

US $50
When turning or going over speed bumps, there would be loud noises cluncking. 
Saturn ION in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

29140 mi

C $225
new rotors, drums and brake pads 
Saturn ION in Arizona, United States
Sep 2007 - Dec 2016
Feb 2007

5000 mi
Left front wheel bearing replaced under warranty 
May 2007

7000 mi
Could not start due to ignition/key interlock 
Jul 2009

34000 mi
Power Steering warning came on and the power steering failed a few minutes later, Car had 1 day left on warranty so no charge for tow or fix 
Jun 2013

56000 mi

US $431
Ignition frozen with key stuck, could not turn car off. 
Dec 2013

59000 mi

US $265
The driver's door flew open making a right hand turn. Door would not close. Door latch replaced. 
Dec 2014

64000 mi

US $80
Dealer serviced coolant which had air pockets causing occasional coolant low warning. Replaced battery 
Jun 2015

66000 mi

US $138
Sunroof drain clogged, causing interior water leak. 
Nov 2016

81000 mi

US $210
O2 sensor 1 
Dec 2016

82000 mi

US $24
Replaced headlights 
Saturn ION in Texas, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

20000 mi
Emergency brake cable had come loose. 
Saturn ION in Arizona, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2015
May 2008

21000 mi
Car shuts off unexpectantly making right hand turns at slow speeds. 
Apr 2009

25000 mi
replaced transmission ignition interlock module - key would not disengage from steering column 
Aug 2009

29000 mi
Fuel pump in tank had to be replaced leaking fuel externally 
Mar 2010

30000 mi

US $70
Exterior door trim fell off car while driving down the freeway 
Aug 2011

46000 mi
Electric Servo Steering motor quit working causing steering issues. TSB. 
Saturn ION in New Brunswick, Canada
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

22940 mi
Weatherstripping on the rear door ripped. 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. Noticed a wobbling noise under heavy breaking. Basic brake maintenance performed to clean out dirt and rust. Replaced rear door weatherstripping. 
May 2008

23560 mi
Injectors out of balance, installed 4 new updated injectors and performed reprogramming. 
Sep 2008

26040 mi
Both front control arm bushings torn out. 
Jun 2009

30380 mi
Left front sway link worn. 
Dec 2009

34100 mi

C $440
replaced both front sway bar links 
Saturn ION in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2007 - Mar 2010
May 2007

11470 mi
passenger seat belt replace 
Jun 2007

13640 mi
passlock replace 
Jan 2008

18600 mi
sway bar bushing 
Aug 2008

24180 mi
ABS light on and abs action when braking. Left front wheel bearing replaced. 
Nov 2008

26040 mi
Front wheel bearing replaced. 
Saturn ION in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Sep 2012
Jun 2010

59040 mi
Replaced sway bar end links 
Apr 2011

74400 mi

C $230
Not a problem, just brake rotor and pad replacement 
May 2011

74400 mi

C $359
Wheel Bearings... Driver front wheel bearing failed, causing loud noise and some vibration. Passenger side was replaced at same time for peace of mind. appro $159 per bearing. 
Sep 2012

156860 mi

C $450
Exhaust camshaft actuator causing transmission to turn to left front axle seal and transmission service 

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2007 - Aug 2008
Nov 2007

24180 mi
Changed both lower control arm bushings. Changed HVAC Blower as it was noisy. 
Feb 2008

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

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2006 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2016
Jul 2013

24000 mi

US $133
Freon was recharged. 
Jan 2014

25300 mi
Fuel pump module leaking. Replaced free of charge by dealer as part of special recall by General Motors. 
Feb 2014

25700 mi

US $528
Front struts were replaced. 
Mar 2014

26000 mi

US $976
Check engine light came on. Air pump had failed and was replaced. Check valve had to be replaced 
Jun 2015

30000 mi

US $375
Wheel hub assembly was replaced. 
Saturn ION in Maryland, United States
Mar 2014 - Dec 2016
May 2014

60000 mi

US $400
Control arm bushings replaced. Power steering failure. 
Jun 2014

61000 mi
Ignition switch and key cylinder replaced as per recall. The key cylinder would occasionally not fully rotate back to the off position, leaving the key stuck in the cylinder and necessitating the use of the manual release button under the steering column. 
Apr 2015

65500 mi

US $1000
Both front struts and rear shocks replaced due to significant leaking. Significant fuel leak developed at the fuel pump assembly. Unit replaced. 
Jun 2016

83000 mi

US $500
Radiator fan failed and required replacement. 
Saturn ION in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Jan 2015
Oct 2011

110960 mi

C $80
Engine light on and car hard to start after refueling but always started. Parts changed so far: Fuel Cap & Exhaust Gas Recirculation Valve - problem still there so changed valve assembly, which fixed problem. 
Jun 2012

114700 mi

C $195
Car need a new key cylinder - key got stuck and car would not shut off. 
Dec 2013

127720 mi

C $60
Upper stream O2 sensor replaced 
Dec 2014

139500 mi
This car has developed a serious fuel economy issue. There is fuel smell present at start up and rough idle. To date the following parts have been replaced: MAF Sensor, Spark Plugs, Coil Pack/Ignition Module, Gas Cap. Car still has issue. A used Engine has been purchased for this car due to a fuel economy issue. The engine has not been installed yet. 
Jan 2015

139500 mi
Car had serious fuel consumption issues and has been permanently taken off the road. A/C no longer working 
Saturn ION in Arizona, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2013
Oct 2009

67000 mi

US $600
Fuel vapors coming from rear of car. Dealer replaced leaking fuel pump module. This was a recall item a few months later and I received re-imbursement for the repair 
Jun 2010

75000 mi

US $80
Gas gauge stopped working. Replaced fuel level sending unit at the fuel pump module assembly. 
Dec 2010

88000 mi

US $32
Driver door plastic "pillar" applique broke at screw mount; replaced applique.  
Jun 2012

112000 mi

US $30
Passenger front door trim "belt w/strip" replaced due to heat distortion. 
Jul 2012

113000 mi
Electric power assisted steering intermittant. Known problem addressed by TSB. 
Saturn ION in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2008 - Apr 2008
Feb 2008

38000 mi
The car was taken in the shop 4 times for a loss of power problem. The first 3 times dealership couldn't duplicate the problem. Last time I took it in I showed a saturn employee the problem. Later that night was informed dealership crashed my car. ... 
Saturn ION in Ohio, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2013
Jan 2007

16300 mi
Noise [minor] - Wind noise from passenger-side door at highway speeds. Retailer re-aligned trim pieces at front/rear door join under Warranty. Squeak from FR Wheel Cover at low speeds. Retailer replaced wheel cover and checked all under Warranty. 
Jul 2007

22800 mi
Cruise Control [minor] - CC would not engage in hot weather, Retailer replaced CC switch under Warranty. 
Nov 2008

35000 mi
Rattle from driver's side door frame. Shop added a spacer under exterior trim, removing rattle. Shop checked door internals and seals to be sure trim was the source, and tested after repair.Noise is gone, repaired under warranty without hassle. 
Nov 2011

63000 mi

US $1200
suspension work was somewhat preventative, front sway bushings were sheared and required replacement. hard to assign $ to "reactive" vs "preventative" work, a lot of the labor overlapped 
Oct 2013

76000 mi

US $800
Replaced stabilizer links and front R wheel bearing (unplanned) O2 sensor had been causing a CEL, replaced. (planned) Confirmed suspected exhaust/muffler leaks, putting that maintenance off until spring. 
Dec 2013

78000 mi

US $120
Repaired exhaust leak, simple exhaust piping replacement using generic tubing and old heat shields 
Saturn ION in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Dec 2012

91140 mi

C $100
Car only needed a new battery. 
Mar 2013

92380 mi

C $200
The bolt holding passenger rear shock came loose and fell off. Replaced both rear shocks with new ones. 
Jun 2013

93620 mi

C $340
Loud noise/grinding due to failing front right Hub. It was replaced with a quality part. 
May 2014

102540 mi
Car in for new Ignition Switch based on recent Recall. 
Dec 2014

108500 mi
The spark plugs need to be replaced in the ION but all 4 are seized in the head (original plugs). This car is still drivable but not as fuel efficient as it could be. 
Sep 2015

121520 mi
Crack windshield - replaced and drivers side window dislodged from the track and needed to be re-installed/tracks lubricated. 
Mar 2016

127720 mi
Steering linkage stiff - replaced 
Dec 2016

139500 mi
Exhaust hangers broke due to rust and flange bolts. New hangers welded and flange bolts added to exhaust which is still in good shape and the original system. 
Saturn ION in Texas, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

85000 mi

US $375
wouldn't start, starter went out, replaced starter 
Saturn ION in Florida, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Dec 2007

6000 mi

US $18
n/a 
Saturn ION in Illinois, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2011
Jul 2010

48823 mi

US $171
Replaced evaporator drain tube (per TSB 03-01-39-011B) AND oil change. Also replaced Front Driver's Door Jamb Switch. 
Jul 2011

85000 mi

US $167
No refrigerant. Replaced valve. Added refrigerant. Applique on driver's side door flew off while driving on highway. Part was replaced. 

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2006 Saturn ION 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn ION in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Nov 2007

49000 mi

US $130
Sway bar bushings and endlink bushing were worn and caused clunking while driving over bumps and back-and-forth steering 

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