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#57 of 66 Re: Saturn Electrical Problems [iluvmysaturn]
Jan 11, 2013 (11:22 am)
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#58 of 66 Saturn owners
Jan 12, 2013 (8:02 am)
MY Saturn 03 ION eats keys....i don't know how else to describe this oddity..Anyone else having this issue, any quick fixes...WHAT TO DO??? Early on i noticed that my keys "points" were rounding off...to the point where, as i attempted to start my car, i had to jingle the keys to get passed the first 1/4 turn in the cylinder when the steering unlocks. Then it got worse and worse, so i got new keys cut...this became a regular occurrence and i was getting new keys more often then changing the oil. Now the car is 9 years old with 100,000 miles/160,000 km and if i turn the key to lock and the steering locks, the key wont work to turn the car over..I now leave the car off, but DO NOT tun the key to the point where the steering would lock..if i accidentally turn the it all the way off...i wont be able to turn the car on..I was hoping to pass this car down to my teenage son, but not with this condition. my local GM dealer says this is a regular occurrence for these cars..changing the cylinder to a used cylinder any have the same issue and a new cylinder and labour is really expensive...so anyone else having this issue, any quick fixes...WHAT TO DO???
#59 of 66 Re: Saturn Electrical Problems [gmcustsvc]
Jan 14, 2013 (6:26 am)
Everything turned out perfectly. My insurance was going to pay for a free tow, but the tow truck driver ended up fixing my ION. Who knew? It turns out my battery was dead (embarrassing) which in turn locked my key into the ignition (as a security he said). And this whole time i thought i needed a new battery AND ignition switch. Whew! He used the jumper cables thru my trunk which is something ive never seen before. He then bought me a heavy duty 60 fuse from O'Reilly's and plugged it in on top of my battery. It was FOUR dollars. This fuse helped fix my power steering and other small things connected within the fuse such as lights, etc. The issue with my car alarm going off on its own and the lights inside the veh coming on and off were still proceeding though so I followed the tow truck driver in my ION to one of the best electrical mechanics that he knew in the area. They had my veh diagnosed within an hour. My passenger side door switch was bad which was telling my ION that a door was ajar all of the time, setting off the alarm and the lights coming on. He replaced this door switch and with the diagnostic and a state inspection it was all under $100. Talk about my prayers being answered! God is so faithful!!!
#60 of 66 Shifting/Cotter Pin in shifting linkage
Jan 30, 2013 (2:06 pm)
#61 of 66 Shifting/Cotter Pin in shifting linkage
Jan 30, 2013 (2:06 pm)
Hi I have had nothing but problems with my ION. First MAIN problem was the car not starting during the cold, which turned out to be a faulty passlock wire. Snipped that, haven't had a problem starting since. Thank God I didn't drain my bank account into figuring out the problem like SO MANY OTHERS DID!!
My main concern is with the shifting linkage. I own an 04' ion, 2.2l , 5-speed manual. There is a small cotter pin/roll pin that goes inside the shifting linkage. I have had this pin break on me 10 times in 5 years. When this pin breaks, you lose ALL ability to shift. The shifter will not go into gear.
I have had several mechanics work on it, trying things from original roll pins,grade 8 bolts, nails, jb welding it in, and recently the BEST thing that has worked so far AS A LAST RESORT, the mechanic had to TAC WELD in a bolt, and it has worked for 6 months.
but as of lately the shifting has started to mess up BIG TIME again.
i'm just so tired of having things replaced and still having my car shift like crap.
Even with a clutch master cylinder and clutch assembly replaced..which should help the shifting linkage MOVE 110% better, the gear synchronizers are so bad that I can barely shift into 3rd or 4th gear. I definitely cannot downshift into 3rd gear. All i get is the most horrid grinding noise you can imagine. if i have to drop to 3rd gear to pass someone quickly, again I have to fight to put it in 3rd gear. And with the grinding, it is just grinding away at my shift linkage and pin again.
I hope there is some kind of RECALL or something on this shifting linkage? I am running out of options here, I just want to get to point A to point B without worrying if my car is going to shift or not.
oh ya, and also the CLUTCH PEDAL itself...the back is made out of PLASTIC. so after all these years of shifting, the piece of metal that attaches to the back of your clutch pedal, the one that gets pushed in and out to open and close your clutch.. well that metal has worn away the plastic grooving in the clutch pedal...so now my clutch pedal pops out of position everytime i let my foot off. I was told I had to get a new clutch assembly to fix this problem. It's just like .. COMMON!!!?!?!? Why would you use plastic, it gets worn out.
I have nothing bad to say about the engine. I have not had ONE engine problem other than related to the shifting.
I guess I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this shifting problem , bad synchronizers and if there is a fix?
I should of kept my 1993 F150 5-speed manual. I NEVER had one grinding noise from shifting, never had a clutch problem. the only thing that went wrong with that was the gas tank leaked because it rusted out. I think that's what we should expect from a vehicle...it should rust out before mechanical failure.
thank you for taking the time to read my book hopefully someone has a good solid answer on this shifting business. I would love to keep my car, especially considering I finally paid it off after 5 years. LOL .. go figure, finally pay it off and it starts to completely break to the point I can't use it .. AGAIN!
#62 of 66 Saturn ION 2004 transmission issue
Feb 01, 2013 (8:05 am)
#63 of 66 Saturn ION 2004 transmission issue
Apr 25, 2012 (2:50 pm)
Very frustrated with GM. I bought a 2004 Saturn ION brand new and it is now the 6th time the transmission has gone out of it. It has been a nightmare ever since I got this car. As soon as the extended warranty I purchased ran out I've had to fight GM every time to fix this car. When I was seven months pregnant I could tell the transmission was slipping and took it into Saturn (when they were still in business) and they charged me $200 to tell me it was fine when a month later I'm stranded on the side of a semi busy country road with the transmission out. They had it a whole month before they finally relented and fixed it. The last time it went out was a year and a half ago and it has gone out again. Customer Service tells us they will no longer fix these vehicles because they want them off the road and would only offer $5000 towards a trade-in (basically trying to get a profit out of me). When I told them I didn't want another GM vehicle I wanted the car fixed or if they wanted it off the road then buy it off me for the KBB value of what it would be worth with a working transmission since I can't even trade it in now and they refused that. We finally called their corporate in Detroit and their answer was to take away the $5000 offer?? Seriously? and they wonder why they need bailed out. They suggested looking into the class action lawsuit~ even though they knew very well that they are now protected under bankruptcy protection from the old GM. I've never dealt with such a horrible company and not sure where to go from here. I still don't have my car and have never been reimbursed for any of the hassle I've had from GM for every time this thing has broke. Any suggestions???
#64 of 66 same problem
Feb 01, 2013 (8:05 am)
Hi, i understand how you are feeling! Can't trust to drive your car from point A to point B without worrying if your going to make it or not.
My first question is do you have a manual stick shift?
because what happened to me was there is a Roll pin/cotter pin that goes into the shifting linkage that allows your stick to go into gear. If that roll pin cracks or breaks in half or just falls out, you will lose ALL ability to shift.
I've had this happen to 10 times which ended up making me stranded. I tried a few things from bigger stronger pins, to bolts, to jb welding it in there. The ONLY thing that has kept me shifting for more than 6 months is that I got the bolt TAC WELDED into the linkage.
Shouldn't be too costly of a repair. Just explain to your mechanic you only would like that done.
hope this helps. My roll pin hasn't fell out, but with the syncronizers being so bad, I grind against the pin every shift.. so I'm sure something will break again
#65 of 66 05 saturn ion electrical probs?
May 22, 2013 (9:22 am)
my ion has been acting up. when I turn off the ignition the radio and windows are supposed to still work til you open the door...mine doesn't anymore. but sometimes it does. also my front two reading lights stay on when they are supposed to fade off. if anyone can help me with this id really appreciate it!! thanks!!
#66 of 66 Re: Saturn Electrical Problems [gmcustsvc]
Aug 03, 2013 (10:55 pm)
So frustrated. I have had my Ion 3 '04 since 05. Got it from dealership and have been the only owner. I love the look and feel with my car, but it's a lemon. Two years after getting it it started stranding me. I had the column replaced because of the passlock issue. It stranded me 2 times in 2 weeks. I had the column replaced twice, once right after picking from the dealership only to have the key get stuck leaving the car on. I drove it back the column replaced. The dealership wouldn't take back as a lemon, so I sued and they settled. I still have that issue but I found the ignition override in my column which allows me to fully turn off my car and get my key. I however now have the power steering issues. My car is over 100k miles on it but the columns don't. Thinking about calling the lawyer again. Either way, I'm done with this car. .