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Vehicle Speed Control Problems of Saturn ION

Saturn ION owners have reported 38 problems related to vehicle speed control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 1
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

The car is presently under recall for ignition. However. The car cannot be driven as the pwr str warning comes on for a few seconds, and no steering or severe loss of all steering control of the vehicle is lost after the car has run for 15 minute and every 5 plus minutes after the first failure. Gm will not fix anything on my vehicle, I made a complaint with NHTSA and have made internal complaint at gm regarding my 2007 Ion and the 3 accidents due to the loss of ignition and total power including break failure going down the highway at 50 plus and losing control resulting in accidents. I need help to start the complaint about the power steering as it will not allow me to safely drive the car at all. I am disabled and on oxygene, I have requested special accomidations from gm to assist with my disabled condition to help expadite any repairs and all warranted coverages for power steering, air bag non function, and recalled ignition. The car presently has 55,000 miles and cannot be driven as the power steering will not allow the car to be controlled. The previous, most recent accident, caused structural damage including a front fender complete bent and radiator bent at a tail collision due to ignition outage with no breaks at 30 plus mph. No air bags deployed, only damages to myself, blindness to left eye and severe concossion, and car is not safe to drive. Gm will has not taken any action since my phone complaints in April, almost 30 days ago. Anthony lombardo 937-938-1466 VIN 1g8aj55fx7z101428.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 2
Failure Date: 03/21/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact had to fully apply the brakes while maneuvering to the side of the road and shut vehicle off to bring it to a full stop. There was a recall under nthsa campaign id number 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 3
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while driving in reverse approximately 2 mph there was a sudden increase in acceleration and the vehicle crashed into a brick wall. The air bags did not deploy. The ignition key independently released from the switch prior to the crash. In addition, the front driver's side seat belt unexpectedly detached which caused the driver to strike the dashboard. The contact sustained injury to the chest and head. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the dealer. The contact stated the failure was a related to the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 14v047000 (air bags , electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact did not receive the recall notice until after the incident occurred. The approximate failure mileage was 27,600.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 4
Failure Date: 02/11/2014

I have owned this vehicle for 4 yrs and have has multiple instances of the vehicle revving and speeding up without ever hitting the gas. When this occurs I have reached speeds over 25mph without ever hitting the gas pedal when taking off from a stoppped position. Usually this happens when I start the vehicle initially but has occured while driving also. The rpm's will go high and if I put in gear the car will just take off. It sometimes will rev down after idling for a few minutes or if I shut off and restart after a couple minutes. When it happens while driving I have had to put in neutral and coast to a stop and shut car down. This is just a very unsafe situation altogether, and from what I have seen there are many more who have experienced this same issue.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 5
Failure Date: 12/05/2013

Lost power/control while driving, felt like the bottom of the car was falling out, upon repair was informed a bad ignition coil.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 6
Failure Date: 09/25/2013

I was driving down a boulevard, I was doing 40 mph there was a police car in front and there was maybe about 2 car length distance from him. The light hit yellow and I saw him brake so I started braking as well but my car would not brake. The acceleration continued increasing, I didn't know what to do. I was slamming on the brakes but my car did not stop. My car slammed into the police car within seconds. My car was destroyed. My hood was bent in half, my front bumper scratched & peeled. The bumper stood on the car only because I kept trying to brake and the car went in an angle where it went under the cops car. Both my side fenders cracked and my front light was destroyed. The whole car frame is destroyed and I was held at fault of this accident. My insurance went up, I didn't get no money to help fix my car nor check the problem. If there is way I can get any type of help I would truly appreciate it. 5 months later the same situation happened again thank god I was not driving my vehicle it was parked. It was just accelerating on its own, I didn't know what to do. I left it parked for a week and when I turned it on it was fine. Im scared that this will happen again, please help me out.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 7
Failure Date: 08/12/2013

Turned vehicle on after sitting for about 8 hours in parking lot, the car revved up to about 4,000rpm which is unusually high. I waited for the car to calm down and when it did, I put the car into gear to drive. My car lunged forward and without pushing the gas pedal, my car accellerated and eventually made it to 40mpg through the parking lot before I had to hit my brake to avoid a collision. This as occured intermittently over the past year; approximately 3 or 4 times a month.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 8
Failure Date: 03/25/2013

I first bought my 2006 Saturn Ion in March of 2013. Three days later I notice that when I would get on the highway my car would sway extremely bad. Our hwy speed is 75. Going 70mph was too much and it would sway a lot. Mind you I was pregnant at the time. The car spun out as I was exiting the highway. I was terrified because cars were right behind me. Thank god I got out of the way before I got hit. You can understand how upset I was due to the fact that I was 4months pregnant at the time. Since then my husband has spun out 5 times driving our car. We've taking it to the mechanics multiple times and they don't even know what to do with it. Our wheel alignments are fine. Also, our key gets stuck in the ignition a lot upon turning it off. So we have to use the button which is in the steering wheel just to get them out. Also, lately the car picks and chooses when it wants to accelerate. Lately I can floor it and the car will still be going 30mph. Also, lately when we go to turn on the car, it takes awhile and makes a sound as if the battery is dead, but then it soon comes on. I have had nothing but problems with this car from the start. I thought this was a good buy, but everyday I regret it and I fear for me, my husband, and my child's safety. Please do something about this issue. Matter of fact just take our cars. We don't need them fixed. Just take them please!.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 9
Failure Date: 12/12/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the accelerator pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard upon being engaged and would then became stuck. The vehicle failed to decelerate until the brake pedal was depressed repeatedly. The failure recurred seven times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 10
Failure Date: 09/20/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion-3. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the power steering assist failed and the steering wheel became inoperable. The contact managed to exit the roadway without incident however, experienced extreme difficulty in turning the steering wheel. The dealer was notified of the failure who advised that the repair was not under recall and offered no additional assistance. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,755. And the current mileage was 75,756. Kmj.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 11
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

My car constantly do not start. Also, when I go over speed bumps or hit pot holes my car will turn off.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 12
Failure Date: 01/07/2012

The car made a loud noise when I pressed on the gas. It would not accelerate fast enough for the highway and the speedometer was not working. I'm guessing the car could go at max, 20mph. The speedometer remained on 0 while the acceleration had to go up to 3 or 4 just to keep the car moving. The check engine light was on. I took the car to gm dealership/certified Saturn service right then, and they charged me $360 to replace the transmission control module. The service guy told me that when mechanics first did the electrical diagnostic check, the car failed 32 markers, but when they did an electrical diagnostic check after replacing the transmission control module, the results confirmed that all the car's problems have been fixed.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 13
Failure Date: 01/03/2012

When entering a highway and gathering speed, I removed my foot from the gas pedal and the car continued to accelerate. I applied the brakes but the car reached 85mph. I hit the gas pedal and the vehicle began to decelerate. I pulled off the road and turned off the vehicle. I restarted the vehicle and drove home (10 miles) without further incident.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 14
Failure Date: 12/15/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Ion. The contact stated the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning. The engine rpms raced even after the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle was hesitant to stop. The contact had to slam the vehicle into park in order to correct the failure. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 180,000.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2011

Whilst driving, my car would accelerate on it's own going almost 45-50mph. Pressing the brakes would barely do anything. It won't start when it thinks it's too cold outside, I've had the battery tested multiple times and it is fine. Also, when trying to stop the car and take the key out of the ignition it resists a lot. Happens multiple times a week.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 16
Failure Date: 09/09/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact was driving 5 mph when the vehicle stalled. The check engine and power down warning lights illuminated prior to the failure. The vehicle was towed to both a private mechanic and the dealer. The dealer stated that the throttle body sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 57,000. Updated 06/12/lj the consumer stated the throttle body was replaced four times. The check engine light illuminated. Onstar reported a fuel system problem. Updated 06/13/12.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 17
Failure Date: 06/10/2011

Lost of power steering started some time in 2009,I have no record of the date,but in one of the incidents 06/10/2011 I took a picture of the dashboard showing the date and message on the speedometer. I restarted the engine every time this happen to get it back to power steering . Then I had a situation when I lost speed as I was traveling on a city avenue. The car lost speed when I was traveling around 35 mph,it made a alarm or warning sound and drop down to 10mph and I could not get back to 35mph,I stop the car and I restarted the engine,that was the only way it would recover the power on the engine. It happens two or three times in one month.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 18
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

About three years ago is when I had my first problem with speed acceleration with my Saturn. I left work and turned on my car and started to drive an hour to go home all the sudden my car began to accelerate and I wasnt pressing the gas. My vehicle continued to accelerate and I had to keep my foot on the brake to slow the vehicle down and it was still accelerating. I had to pull over on the side of the road and pop my car into neutral going approximately 70mph. I somehow managed to get home but my car continued to accelerate without me pressing on the gas. When I would turn the vehicle on while it was still in park the rpm's would go crazy as if I had my foot on the gas petal. I immediately contacted my auto shop who indicated that they could not find anything wrong with my vehicle. I have had several incidents since then and ended up crashing earlier this year. My vehicle sped up on a snowy road and I lost complete steering for my vehicle, I nearly rolled my car and crashed head on into a snow bank. My air bags never deployed, after I contacted my insurance company they were surprised with the amount of front end damage I had on my vehicle that my airbags should have deployed but they did not. I know others are having the same issues with the vehicle accelerating with no application of the gas petal and the brake petal does little or nothing to stop or slow the vehicle down.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 19
Failure Date: 01/24/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the throttle suddenly jammed and the vehicle began revving uncontrollably. The contact had to place the vehicle in neutral and coasted to the side. After inspecting the vehicle, he went under his hood and placed the throttle back in its proper place. The vehicle was then towed to his home. It had not been inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 129,000.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 20
Failure Date: 11/08/2009

Had a recall on 2007 Saturn Ion and was told that bennet motor company was not correcting the problem as Saturn has closed what are we suppose to do also had a problem with the gas pedal on this car also it would not go as it was not getting gas.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 21
Failure Date: 12/24/2008

L was driving my 2006 Saturn Ion which l bought brand new in 2006 going to pick up my granddaughter in howell mi I was on interstate with my cruse control on as l went on exit interstate,l turned off cruse control when l did that it shut my car down completely ,l was merging on another interstate with no engine running no power steering and unable to restart engine . There was no where to pull over off road safely , l was almost killed car had to come to a complete stop to restart . I have had this happen to me 3 different times , l have taken car to chevy dealership many time complaining about this matter, they said they could not find any problems , l have stopped using my cruse control . L really have a lemon sunroof does not work sun roof leaks , the car starts when it wants to , lam retired 65 years old and take very good care of the Saturn Ion , l would be afraid to sell this 2006 Saturn Ion to the public , l don't want to kill anyone , the car sits ,not using it , won't sell it, what can be done? and there is no retail value for this car . Now there is a recall on ignition switch I feel so very sorry for the people that lost their lifes,l was lucky that l was not one that was killed ,as l said earlier, this car went to dealership 3 different times on this matter , last time l took the car in was last summer 2013 , mechanic drove Saturn Ion and told me there is nothing wrong . The car sits.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 22
Failure Date: 04/16/2008

Our Ion experienced a loss of power while driving full speed on the interstate multiple times between 2006 and 2008. A car had backed into the Ion while parked in a lot at one point, so we thought it might be related to that, but our experience seems to be identical to those reported under the recall. We attempted to have it fixed several times at gm dealerships. The last fix involved replacing all the main wires in the motor. After that, the ignition seemed to be tighter, and the stalling stopped, but the car would then not start, intermittently. It would randomly go into lock down mode for 10 or so minutes. Just thought we would add our experience to the statistics. It was very dangerous, and we easily could have died. We do still have the car- couldn't afford another. We currently have a rental car and are awaiting our fix.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 23
Failure Date: 04/14/2008

I purchased a 2007 Saturn Ion 3 quad coup in 2006. In April of 2007 the car began to make loud noised when starting it. It would idle high at stops and would feel like I was rolling gravel when coming to a stop and accelerating from a stop. I made an appointment for service. Saturn made me wait an entire week for an appointment. By time I brought my car in my check engine light was on. Saturn said they found nothing wrong but just updated the computer chip. Not even a week later the same problem occurred. I brought it in and this time they said the throttle body was broke. They claim to have replaced it. Two weeks ago I had the same issues. Loud noises, high idling, the car would literally jump back when I started it. I brought it in again, they said nothing was wrong and just updated the computer again. Yesterday as I was driving my car just stopped. Thank god no one was behind me because I would have been rear ended. I see no reason why their mechanics can't figure out what is wrong. Are they cutting corners to be able to "fix" more cars in one day. I don't see why a two year old car should have all these issues. I see from many blogs and web pages that people are having a lot of problems with this model Saturn. I think that gm should step up and do something about this, besides discontinue the make of the car which they already did. This is no longer an inconvenience, it's absolute frustration. I paid a lot of money for a car to be dependable and to get me from point a to point b safely. I do not want to be locked in my house because I'm afraid to get stranded somewhere.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 24
Failure Date: 12/22/2007

2004 Saturn Ion 1 the car revs it's engine to over 3000 rpms when you put the car into park and idle. If you shut off the car it is ok, but if you put it into gear the car the lurches forward unsafely.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 25
Failure Date: 06/10/2006

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Ion. When the heater is operated, the vehicle would idle extremely high. The failure has been occurring since fall of 2006. The contact stopped at a traffic light and the failure recurred. Suddenly, the vehicle accelerated without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failures. The manufacturer stated that if the dealer could not duplicate the failures, then nothing could be done. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 33,000 and current mileage was 74,300.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 26
Failure Date: 01/04/2006

I have had my car in for the same repair 4 times since I got it in may 2003. What happens is the car will rev and/or accelerate (sometimes in park, sometimes in drive) on its own. It has accelerated, almost causing me to go through an intersection with my toddler in the car. It occurs without warning, & Saturn has temporarily fixed the problem under warranty each time. The throttle is replaced each time, but there is a recurrent pattern every 4-6 months, as shown on record with Saturn. I was told by Saturn that they investigated the issue, only finding it in one other car. Being as that problem was solved with the other car, & being as my car was just fixed again, they are unwilling to deal with this issue.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 27
Failure Date: 12/12/2005

The contact stated intermittently the vehicle will accelerate with the contact's foot on the brake. The vehicle has been to the dealership, and they were unable to duplicate the problem, and no codes were found. This caused the consumer's vehicle to rear end another vehicle. There was property damage. The hood buckled and the grill was damaged. There have been no repairs done. The consumer experienced electrical problems such as the right front turn signal, which turned out to be a loose connection. The vehicle would not start until 10 minutes after the initial start. It was determined the vehicle needed a new module. Updated 01/25/06.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 28
Failure Date: 09/15/2005

2004 Saturn Ion. While driving on the freeway at approximately 60-65 mph the vehicle began to slow down to almost no power. The rpms went to the red area, and the engine began to make a strange noise. The consumer coasted off the road, after a block or two she got back on the freeway. When driving at freeway speeds the vehicle began to do the same thing again. The vehicle was then taken to the dealership. The vehicle is currently at the dealership and they may not be able to get to it until Monday. This happened on September 15, 2005. (11/15/05).

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 29
Failure Date: 03/11/2005

Consumer complained about electrical problems. While driving and looking at the dashboard all the gauges shined, indicating that nothing was operating normally. The gas gauge/ speedometer, and battery meter, etc.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 30
Failure Date: 11/02/2004

While driving, the consumer noticed the vehicle would accelerate from 5 to 20 miles on its own. The consumer applied the brakes, but the pedal went to the floor and the vehicle continued to speed. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle. The driver has electrical windows and locks failed. The window would roll up and down intermittently. The door latch would do the same. The master cylinder was replaced as well. These problem continue to occurred and has not been resolved. The driver has informed the mechanic about the problem. Please fill in additional information.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 31
Failure Date: 10/20/2004

The vehicle stalled while driving on the freeway and going down a hill. The vehicle accelerated up to 5,000 rpm's and would not go down until the vehicle was on a flat surface. Provide further details.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 32
Failure Date: 09/15/2004

I purchased vehicle in 2004 brand new. The car continues to have a high idle creating a very dangerous driving situation. I must reset the battery once a week to restore it to normal. It seems to be fine for a week and high idle comes back. I have difficulty starting the car in the cold winter months. I must turn the headlights on to warm up the battery before trying to start car. Saturn was no help. Now I am stuck with a lemon! help!.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 33
Failure Date: 07/15/2004

While the vehicle parked while running the vehicle idling high on its own. The driver noticed while driving the vehicle would hesitate and would stalled. The driver tried to restart,but was able to do so. The driver was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer. The mechanic informed the driver that the vehicle was operating as design. (possible valve sticking) when accelerating from stop, the vehicle would hesitate, then take off at a high rate of speed. This would also occur in reverse as well. There were times when accidents would almost occur. There would be high rpm's of 6000 plus. This was an intermittent problem. It was believed to be a problem with the vti transmission. Additional problems: wind noise when sunshade was cracked, turn signal would not cancel on turns and the chime would go off and was an intermittent problems, the driver's side dash seemed loose and or misaligned, and the wipers would not clear the window.

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