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Saturn ION, Electrical, Coupe, Sedan
#852 of 1225 Re: 2006 Saturn ion ignition switch [saturnson]
Dec 11, 2011 (2:15 pm)
Just wondering why you are going to a dealer to have the starting problem fixed? A large portion of this thread has stated that the dealer will most likely charge you $125-150 for diagnostic test before they even touch your car. I had mine repaired by my own mechanic who , by the way, did replace the switch with a genuine GM part for a total cost parts and labor and re-learn the computer of $120.00. The replace time was only about 25 minutes and the relearn took about 40 minutes (Not a high end GM unit which can relearn in about 5mins) so justify the 1 hr labor charge.
Hope you reconsider going to the dealers....
#853 of 1225 anti-theft passlock
Dec 12, 2011 (11:32 am)
My 2004 Saturn Ion has been in & out of my mechanic's garage for a couple of months. My car occasionally does not crank, but after 20 minutes of attempting it will turn over. My mechanic was able to diagnose it as a problem with the anti-theft passlock. My mechanic said only a GM dealership is able to correct the problem; that he canít yank out the alarm system. I took the car into the dealership this morning and asked if they could just disable the anti-theft system. Itís been five hours and they say they havenít been able to figure it out yet.
Has anyone tried to have the anti-theft system disabled? Can they do it? Does it solve the problem?
#854 of 1225 Re: anti-theft passlock [jc80]
Dec 12, 2011 (11:55 am)
When I took mine to the dealership and told them I only needed a relay ignition switch (which I got off of this blog) they refused to do that. they said they had to do a diagnostic ($129) and then told me I needed a starter which they wanted to put in for $600. A friend who is a mechanic put one in for $180. It worked (2005 Ion) for barely a week and then on the 7th day when I went to turn it on the key got stuck between the on and the off. I still can't get it out.. I have to get it towed and still need to get that ignition relay switch... Supposedly, a $23 part.
#855 of 1225 Re: anti-theft passlock [pamela519]
Dec 12, 2011 (12:19 pm)
What a bummer!!! I have a new starter and a new battery. My mechanic tried replacing the relay ignition switch and held onto the car to see if it would solve the problem, but it didn't so he put the original switch back in.
#856 of 1225 Saturn starts only 50% of the time
Dec 13, 2011 (11:33 am)
My 2005 Saturn Ion is not reliable when it comes to starting. Basically, it's like a 50/50 chance that I'll be able to drive somewhere. I had my battery replaced and my starter replaced a week ago. Since then, it's not started 3 times. I've been told it's a problem particular to the Saturn.... I really don't want to have to buy a new car but I'm not sure what to do at this point. (It seems that it usually doesn't start when it's cold outside...)
#857 of 1225 Re: Saturn starts only 50% of the time [05saturnowner]
Dec 13, 2011 (12:05 pm)
05Saturnowner You could have been talking about me and my 2005 saturn ION. except my problem started the summer of 2009. not until may of 2011 did it die and not start at all and that's when I got the starter and battery replaced. worked for a week after the starter was put in and now the key is stuck between on and off. i have probably ruined my battery. i am in southern california and had the problem in the summer as well. weather may be a part of it, but certainly not the cause. the cause is a defective part. everyone says it's the ignition relay switch. My AAA just ran out so I have to renew that, get the car towed and hopefully, this last part which is only $25 will finally make it work. there are u tube videos talking about our problem.... there are close to 50 pages on this blog, you were post #856 and most of this blog is the same problem. so instead of having GM customer service (which wanted to help me (they said) and did not help me b/c my warranty was over even though i started this way before it was over) my point being if so many of us have the same problem.. why isn't GM doing a recall? having a GM rep contact us... doesn't do much. let me know if you get it fixed and how.
#858 of 1225 Re: Saturn starts only 50% of the time [05saturnowner]
Dec 13, 2011 (1:09 pm)
I am sorry to hear this. When you had your battery and starter replaced, was this done at a dealership? If so, we can follow up with them for you. Please send us an email with more information, including your name, the last 8 of your VIN, and the name of your dealership.
GM Customer Service
#859 of 1225 Another winter of no starts in cold
Dec 13, 2011 (7:35 pm)
Ugh, I am seriously thinking of getting rid of my Saturn. It's not worth any of the frustration.
I can go out to my car at 6:30am, 32 degrees and no start. But I can go out to my car on another day, at noon, with the sun hitting the car for a couple of hrs. at the same temp. , 32 degrees (obviously it would be lower than 32 at 6:30a) and it starts right up.
Is the sun loosening the grease? Beats me. But I'm so over it.
#860 of 1225 Re: Saturn starts only 50% of the time [pamela519]
Dec 13, 2011 (9:55 pm)
So when it wont start is the security light on solid or flashing?If so you probably have a bad ignition switch i have replaced tons of them for that reason.
#861 of 1225 Re: Saturn starts only 50% of the time [saturntech9]
Dec 14, 2011 (9:23 am)
Seriously, no one knows how to fix this problem? I have the same issue and Saturn needs to fix the problem. I cant go through many more winters with out a reliable car.