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Vehicle Speed Control Problems of Saturn ION - part 1

Saturn ION owners have reported 45 problems related to vehicle speed control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 1
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

I was driving my Saturn tonight and noticed that even when I would let off the brake, the car would accelerate and rpms would stay elevated. I was driving at about 35-40mph. I was coming up to an intersection and it simply didn't feel right, like it was pulling forward. The traffic light turns red and I start to apply pressure to the brakes. It felt like the brakes were resisting and it was taking a lot more pressure than usual to slow down. My car would not come to a complete stop and I was going ~5mph right up to the crosswalk. The car started violently lurching forward and still, still wasn't coming to a stop. The rpms were revving and I was able to react in time to put the car in neutral, keep braking, and turn the engine off right before things would have ended very badly. I kept my car in park and turned it on, and it would shoot up immediately to 4000 rpm. I didn't trust the car at all at this point and sat in -18 degree weather processing what had just happened and what to do next. After about 5 minutes I heard what can be described as the acceleration pedal releasing or popping back up in place. There was nothing it could have been caught on to cause it to stick. Terrifying.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 2
Failure Date: 01/10/2015

Coming to a stop in heavy traffic alarms and lights went off, the car lost powering and wouldn't go into gear finally when the gear engaged it would only stay in first gear. Luckily we were able to pull off the busy highway and get safely to the side of the road with no accidents or injuries.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 3
Failure Date: 12/01/2014

My seat belts will no longer buckle. My shift gets stuck in park and jumps into other gears(neutral) and the car revs on it's own without putting foot on gas. My shift is doing the exact same thing as the recall for the aura and the dealer wants to charge me $700. 00 in repairs and the parts are on back order for 6 months. I do not have my VIN# at this time. Please check with herb chambers Saturn -warwick, ri.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 4
Failure Date: 09/27/2014

Just entered onto a highway and suddenly could not accelerate. When hitting the gas pedal, car would not accelerate. The car was in drive and had been moving for 10 minutes prior with no issues. No prior issues before this. Pulled off the side of the highway and turned off car. When turned on again, would not crank. Lights worked fine but car just wouldn't turn on. Mechanic is not sure why car won't start still.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 5
Failure Date: 09/25/2014

Manual transmission vehicle. Was accelerating onto the highway and merging into fast moving traffic (approximately 60-70 mph traffic). I shifted into 5th gear and then depressed the accelerator pedal all the way to gain enough speed to safely merge leftward. When I lifted my foot away from the pedal it stayed fully depressed (fully accelerating). I hit the brakes moderately, and it was still accelerating, then I hit the brakes harder to decrease my speed (from 70+ down to 60) as I shifted into neutral. I kicked down hard on the accelerator and it released back to the default position.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 6
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 2004 Saturn ION 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. The contact stated while stopped at a traffic light,the vehicle revved without warning. The contact stated that she had also experienced the vehicle independently accelorating. The failure recurred multiple times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis and the mechanic had cleaned throttle body and replaced the sensor. The failure persisted. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was unavaible. Gb.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 8
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.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 9
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 10
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.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 11
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 12
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 13
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.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 14
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 15
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 16
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 2007 Saturn ION 17
Failure Date: 06/07/2012

On June 7, 2014, the vehicle would not stop running. I took it to a nearby care care center where they stopped it. The recall establishment (zimbrick Buick-Saturn) told them to have the vehicle towed to their establishment. They kept the vehicle until June 26th trying to replace the switch and start the vehicle. They charged the car care center "jump started" the vehicle in a wrongful manner and that caused a computer to fail. I have a sworn statement that it was not jump started. They eventually replaced the computer with a used Cadillac part and charged me $1288. 41. The entire process was caused by a defective ignition switch and incompetence in repairing the vehicle. I don't believe I should be required to pay the amount requested and seek compensation.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 18
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.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.

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