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Ignition Switch problems of the 2005 Saturn ION

33 problems related to ignition switch have been reported for the 2005 Saturn ION.

car   Ignition Switch problem 1
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to the ignition switch recall and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated after the recall was performed, the shifter had to be replaced, because the consumer was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch.

car   Ignition Switch problem 2
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to several recall defects and requests reimbursement for vehicle repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle broke down and had to be towed to the nearest repair factuality, where there kept the vehicle for over two months. After the vehicle was returned, the problems continued. The engine light was on and there was a problem with the ignition switch. Also, the engine vales, timing chain and sway bar links were replaced.

car   Ignition Switch problem 3
Failure Date: 06/01/2014

2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The part was not available to complete the recall. Also, the consumer was involved in an accident, and the air bag did not deploy.

car   Ignition Switch problem 4
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regard to concerns about ignition switch recall.

car   Ignition Switch problem 5
Failure Date: 04/21/2014

Reached out to dealer in April regarding ingnition switch and cylinder, and power steering assist recalls. Parts have allegedly been ordered for the ignition switch and cylinder recalls. However, never been called stating parts are in. Never been asked to make appointment to bering car in. Never any mention of the power steering recall. Dealer I contacted is Chevrolet of homewood. 18033 halsted st, homewood, IL 60430. (708) 799-2000. Everytime I call, I am told parts have not been received yet. However, I did receive a card in the mail from Saturn stating their records indicate I have not had my car in the recall yet. Would very much like to get in. Card makes me believe dealer may be blowing off. Need assistance in making this happen.

car   Ignition Switch problem 6
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

Have a 2005 Saturn Ion that was part of ignition switch and cylinder recalls. Have had issues with ignition and electrical since 2006, but was "put off" by local Saturn dealership on at least 6 occasions when I questioned them about the problem. Finally received recent ignition recall, and contacted chevy dealer to fix. Dealer paid for rental car until repair was done (about 1 month) as instructed by gm corporate. I asked dealer about power steering recall as corporate had stated my vehicle was involved in that recall as well. Dealer found no history of recall in their system (checked on 2 occasions). I called gm corporate 3 times and was told the same story. . . My car is part of power steering recall (as per VIN), and I would receive my recall letter shortly. It is now June, have not received recall letter for power steering. Ignition working okay now, but other electrical problems still occurring. Alert chime for headlights and turn signals does not work. Unable to change radio station on digital factory radio with digital screen turning off when I attempt any station change or press any button on the radio. All windows but driver's back window wouldn't roll down. Was told by chevy dealer that the electrical issues were not related to ignition switch, may be related to dashboard malfunction. Windows were related to door motor (replaced myself, 3rd time for this). Dealer refused to fix electrical issues, and refused to proactively fix the power steering in accordance with corporate recall cause they didn't have paperwork. Dealer was going to charge me large fee for fixing any of the other issues except for ignition switch and cylinder. Gm has made substandard vehicles for years and dragging their feet to fix their mistakes. Can't trade or sell my vehicle til this is fixed. Feel like I've been driving around a death trap. Do something some one please!!!!!!.

car   Ignition Switch problem 7
Failure Date: 10/31/2013

On October 31, and November 1 of 2013 I was traveling approximately 40 mph and in nearly the same spot the Saturn lost complete power and died. Both times I was able to get off the road. After the second incident we had it towed to a garage where they replaced the battery. I did not drive it again and currently it is in storage as I purchased a new car. I drive 350 miles a week to work and need dependable transportation. When the recall came out we realized we may have had trouble with the ignition switch for up to 2 years. There would be times we would shut the car off but would be unable to take the key out. It would take up to a minute before clicking and we could remove the key. That was when it was in the off position.

car   Ignition Switch problem 8
Failure Date: 06/12/2013

When attempting to start the car, the ignition switch would not turn. After a number of attempts, the key being shaken the car would start. I took this car to mechanic and he said the ignition switch needs to be replaced. He also stated that they have seen a number of issues with this ignition and suggested I contact gm and see if there is a recall. At times it would take 10 minutes before I could start the car.

car   Ignition Switch problem 9
Failure Date: 08/08/2012

2005 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated she was having problems with the key getting stuck in the ignition, long before the recall was issued.

car   Ignition Switch problem 10
Failure Date: 01/16/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 45 mph when the vehicle stalled. The contact received notification of a manufacturer's recall pertaining to the ignition switch but had not yet received the recall repair. The failure mileage was 40,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 11
Failure Date: 06/02/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that after turning the vehicle off, the key could not be removed from the ignition switch. The contact indicated that after several hours the key was able to be removed from the ignition switch. The contact stated that the failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA recall campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 12
Failure Date: 12/05/2010

Passlock malfunction due to faulty ignition switch causes no crank and activation of 10 minute relearn sequence. Only happens when temperatures are below 40 degrees. Has always happened ever since I bought the car January 3rd, 2009. Frequency of occurrence has increased, and I'm scared that it will cause a crash if I happen to stall in traffic. The remedy to this situation has been discussed in numerous technical forums on the internet - all of which point to replacement of the ignition switch. The cause is thought to be excessive grease applied to the internals of the switch. I think gm should recall the affected units exhibiting this problem and provide no cost replacement of the ignition switch. This is not a new problem. Thousands of owners have been experiencing this aggravating and sometimes dangerous technical fault. Gm is ignoring the issue and offering Saturn owners absolutely no assistance to correct this serious problem. If gm does not act, the law of averages says that eventually someone may be injured or killed as a result of this malfunction. Please help us. This isn't fair at all.

car   Ignition Switch problem 13
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the ignition switch would not completely turn off, which prevented him from removing the key. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the ignition cylinder was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 56,159.

car   Ignition Switch problem 14
Failure Date: 03/01/2010

2005 Saturn Ion, multiple problems, such as the key getting stuck in the ignition switch, in order to release the key I need to push a button underneath and inside the steering column. Also, the passlock system is defective, it prevents the car from starting and drains the battery, I have replaced the battery twice in one year.

car   Ignition Switch problem 15
Failure Date: 02/01/2010

I have had to replace the ignition switch 3 times because I am unable to turn the car completely off. I am starting to have problems again where I sometimes can not shut it off and I know that these will lead to me having to replace the switch again. The first time it was replaced at no charge and I have had to pay for the other 2 times.

car   Ignition Switch problem 16
Failure Date: 12/04/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact was unable to start the vehicle; however, all of the electrical components were operating normally. The dealer informed the contact that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact stated that occasionally the key would not release from the ignition. The vehicle was serviced but the failure has continued to occur. The current and failure mileages were 59000. Updated 01/12/10. The consumer stated every winter the doesn't start. Updated 01/13/10.

car   Ignition Switch problem 17
Failure Date: 10/05/2009

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated the key would not move out of the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they can replace the switch if the contact pays $300 for the repairs. There was no recall for this failure. The manufacturer was notified who stated there was no recall and he would have to pay to replace the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000. Mw.

car   Ignition Switch problem 18
Failure Date: 09/06/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated the vehicle would not shut off. Two years ago the ignition would not shut off and the vehicle was taken to a mechanic who replaced the ignition switch and reprogramed the computer. The contact had to pay for the repairs. The failure reccurred but the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted, stated there were no recalls and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 50,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 19
Failure Date: 09/01/2009

Failed ignition switch on a 2005 Saturn Ion. The ignition key is stuck in the shaft and will not disengage. The only way to turn off the car is to remove the steering column cover and unplug the disconnect under the steering column.

car   Ignition Switch problem 20
Failure Date: 02/20/2009

Electric power steering failure in 2005 Saturn Ion in less than 16000 miles but 8 months out of warranty. Power steering became operational after each restart, but failed again within 3-5 minutes of driving. Very difficult to steer posing a safety hazard for my wife. Dealer repair required replacement of complete steering column approaching $1000 in repair cost. Ignition switch has also failed to permit car from starting on two occasions. Dealer also replaced at the same time. Dealer returned both parts to me. I have learned that both are common failures with this car and other gm compacts. Several incidents of repeated failures of the electric power steering. There should have been recalls or reimbursement for these premature failures. No wonder gm is going bust with a product of such low reliability and poor design.

car   Ignition Switch problem 21
Failure Date: 01/21/2009

The ignition key gets stuck and will not come out of the car. This is the second time after having the ignition switch replaced last year. I took it back to Saturn after the warranty expired on the new part (of course) and they kept it overnight trying to get it to fail. They greased the key and told me it was fixed, did not replace anything but blamed it on the key wearing down. . .

car   Ignition Switch problem 22
Failure Date: 12/07/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition whenever the vehicle was turned off. It took two to three minutes before it would be released from the ignition. Previously, the vehicle was taken to a mechanic who replaced the ignition switch but the failure occurred again. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. The current mileage was approximately 50,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 23
Failure Date: 12/04/2008

Went to start my car at 7:30 am the 1st week or so in December, wouldn't start. Went out about 10 mins later, started. It has kept happening until I went to Saturn in regina saskatchewan, canada, and they went and replaced my ignition switch, that was last Wednesday so that would have been Jan. 7th 2009. So far no more problems.

car   Ignition Switch problem 24
Failure Date: 09/15/2008

When attempting to turn my car off the key gets stuck in the ignition. The ignition switch must be turned off and the battery taken out to turn the car off. This has happened twice in two weeks. Each time the ignition cylinder has been replaced.

car   Ignition Switch problem 25
Failure Date: 04/15/2008

At about 38,000 miles, the ignition switch locked up with the engine running. I had to disconnect the battery to shut off the engine. I purchased a replacement switch with key from the Saturn dealer for about $140. 00 and installed it myself (thank god I'm a mechanic) or the cost would have been about triple. Saturn does not claim any design responsibility for the thousands of key switch failures, but gm is certainly willing to take our money to repair a known design flaw. Next vehicle I purchase will be made by Chrysler-2005 caravan sxt is mechanically perfect with very good fuel economy. No more gm products for this family!.

car   Ignition Switch problem 26
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the ignition switch failed and caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed which located a failure code at the steering column. The vehicle was repaired. The steering wheel column was replaced. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the approximate current mileage was 70,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 27
Failure Date: 01/03/2008

The Saturn vehicle is exposed to temperatures at or approaching 32 degrees f for several hours when the engine is not running (usually 6-10 hours. ) I attempt to start the vehicle, the ignition switch clicks and the car stalls. The security system kicks in. The security light blinks and the odometer screen reads: service engine soon. ¿ fuel will not be sent to the engine. The vehicle will now not start for about 8-10 minutes as the security system resets. After 8-10 minutes, the security light will stop blinking and then go out. ¿the service engine soon scroll light will stop and also go out. Now, if I attempt to start the vehicle again, if the ignition switch grease has not adequately warmed, then the process will begin again.

car   Ignition Switch problem 28
Failure Date: 06/18/2007

I could not shut off the car which was a 2005 Saturn Ion 3. The key locked in the ignition switch and would not shut off the y engine. The only way I was able to shut it off was by dumping the clutch, but the ignition was still on. I took the car to Saturn of indianapolis. They told me that the ignition key lock cylinder was binding and they needed to install a new ignition lock cylinder and housing. They installed a new lock cylinder, lock cylinder housing and cut two new keys.

car   Ignition Switch problem 29
Failure Date: 04/15/2007

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact stated the key became lodged in the ignition switch after the vehicle was turned off. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 30
Failure Date: 04/13/2007

The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 65 mph when the steering wheel became extremely tight. The power steering warning light was illuminated followed by the sounding of the power steering warning alarm. The contact was able to drive to his residence using extreme bodily force to maneuver the wheel. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure became progressively worse. In addition, the contacts keys would continuously become lodged within the ignition switch. The contact stated the vehicle was previously repaired for the exact same failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

car   Ignition Switch problem 31
Failure Date: 01/30/2007

2005 Saturn Ion 1 failure to start. Faulty design related to the ignition switch.

car   Ignition Switch problem 32
Failure Date: 12/12/2006

I own a 2005 Saturn Ion 1. I bought it brand new in late 2004, and have not had any problems with it at all until this winter (2006). My problem has been that when it is cold outside, the car refuses to crank at all. I took it to a Saturn dealer and they said it was the battery. I paid over $100 to have a new battery put in, and was reassured that it fixed the starting problem. I thought it had until about a week later. The car has started to have problems starting again, so I paid for a brand new car battery that I didn't need in the first place. I originally was going to take it back to Saturn to get them to look at the car again, but I started doing research online. I found that Saturns not starting in cold weather is a widespread problem, and Saturn refuses to do anything about it. I am not going to go pay to have a new ignition switch put it, when that doesn't solve the problem at all. It's ridiculous that Saturn isn't owning up to the problems so many people are having with the vehicles they own. So much money is being wasted by the consumer, trying to get a problem fixed, that isn't fixable unless gm recalls this faulty ignition switch.

car   Ignition Switch problem 33
Failure Date: 09/15/2006

: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle would not shift out of first gear. The service engine light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. It was started after one half hour and moved off the road. The vehicle was towed to the dealer twice where an undetermined part was replaced in the transmission and the ignition switch was also replaced. The problem reoccurred and the vehicle was driven to the dealer and the wring harness was replaced. The problem has not reoccurred.