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Saturn Ion Starting Problems



  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    I apologize for your frustrations. I would like to see if there are any open recalls for your vehicle; can you please send me your VIN?
    GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Can you please send me your VIN and current mileage? I apologize for your frustrations. If you can let me know what’s going on at the dealer as well, I look forward to your response.
    GM Customer Service
  • saturntech9saturntech9 Posts: 152
    A new ignition switch isnt going to fix the key not turning off iam not going to tell anyone how to defeat the safety device that keeps you from turning the key off and removing it while the car is in gear.Like i said before there is a micro switch on the the base of the shifter shaft that has probably failed and its pretty easy to change that is causing the key from being turned off in park.As far as the ignition switch goes they made atleast 4 redesigned part numbers on that i can remember.The aftermarket one that auto zone sells is made by wells you could try that one its about 50 iam not sure who makes the other one for saturn besides maybe ac delco.I used that auto zone one in someone elses cars over a year ago and its still working.Replace my nieces 2003 ion like over 3yrs ago with a foactory one and it still is working fine.
  • hmmmdonutshmmmdonuts Posts: 2
    edited July 2011
    My problem is that it won't start. I may have to turn the key 5, 10, 50 times before anything happens under the hood. With the key turned, I have full electrical function inside the car, but no click or turn over of the engine. Eventually it starts - usually. Today, I tried for about 7 minutes to make it go, then the key locked up. Ironically, on the next turn trying to get the key out, it started, then wouldn't shut off or release the key. It's at the dealership now, and they are saying hat they will replace the key cylinder, but that still may not fix the not starting issue. They can't get it to reproduce and it isn't "showing any codes."

    When I took it in today, the guy that 1st looked at it said that it was very common and all Saturns eventually have this happen. Seriously? Yet they can't fix it?

    I do have an extended warranty, but I'm tired of paying the deducible for the same thing over and over without getting fixed.
  • kikibkikib Posts: 14
    my son had the same problems....ask your guy to look at your fuse box and see if it's burned out and if the body control module needs to be replaced...ever since those were replaced on his car, it has been working perfectly
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Can you please email me directly? Please include your VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer. I look forward to working with you.
    GM Customer Service
  • Almost a 90 degree day today and the "no start" problem happened today after running a few errands. Last stop and it didn't start. Hasn't happened in months! I actually thought it was done giving me problems. Ha! Silly me. what was I thinking??!!
  • Was the security light on solid or flashing?If so then you probably have a bad ignition switch.The best way to find that out is to have your body control module scanned for codes which the auto parts store cant scan that computer.If you have a B3033 and or B2960 then you have a bad ignition switch.
  • Our 2003 saturn sometimes will just not start. It will turn over halfway then nothing. We try 6 or 7 times and nothing, then a half start and then its back to square 1. If we wait about 30 or 40 minutes and try again it will eventually start. It does this mostly when running errands usually after the second stop. It doesn't do it all the time but it does it at least 2 or 3 times a week. I've replaced the fuel filter, fuel pump, spark plugs and wires, as well as the battery cables. somebody help.
  • kikibkikib Posts: 14
    have your mechanic check the fuse box to see if it's burned out and check the body control module
  • Read my reply above yours sounds like a bad ignition switch very common for those to go bad.There like 50.00.
  • I have a 2006 Ion and it was dropped off to the dealer today after being stranded with my 2 girls at a store for 45 minutes. The ignition switch issue started in the cold winter(we live in Maine) when the car would not start and I had to heat the key with a lighter due to the frozen excessive grease in the switch..Once summer came I continued to have issues with it not starting ..waiting 10 minutes and trying again..I have taken it to car places and when you tell them your car starts when it wants to, they cant find anything wrong as altinator and starter are fine..So after being stranded at a store for long periods of time with my groceries and children - I dumped it to the local dealer.
    Im very angry I need to pay $400 to fix a problem saturn and GM have known about all along. This is a manufactoring issue -everyone knows it..For the owners of Ions to be frustrated with GM everyday they drive their car is not even good service..I would not be a GM vehicle anymore cause they can not stand behind their mistakes. GM used to be dependablity..Somewhere down the line they lost something as many others did

    Thank you
  • For a couple years now, a couple times in nice weather, then almost every day in Wibter, my car will not start. I believe it is the anti-theft system. It will allow me to start 15-20 minutes after my initial attempt to start the car. This is frustrating since I paid my car off in full a year ago, never missed a payment, and when I call the help phone line, they expect ME to pay out of pocket for a diagnosis on a known problem with the faulty design of the ION. I wonder why there are no more ION's out there being made... because it was a faulty design that we are all struggling with!!! My newborn and I would have to wait in the cold for this car to start if we stopped off to get gas or something. It's extremely frustrating that Saturn and GM does not own up to its faulty design and take accountability. Of course my warranty is up, so they expect me to pay out of pocket but I refuse!! There is nothing wrong with my battery, fuses, etc. because I have a mechanic in the family and he diagnosed it for me. I hate GM and their cars and if they do not handle this, I will be sure to find a way to create a class action lawsuit.
  • Read my post below!! I had the exact same problem. Class action lawsuit will need to be created. This is ridiculous!! I got stranded with my newborn in Winter!!! I paid my car off way before I needed- $20,000 in the drain!!! Only 75,000 miles and now I need to get a new car because I am tired of being stranded. Saturn and GM need to take accountability!!
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    All a class action suit will do is enrich the lawyers who bring it and get you a coupon for a couple of hundred dollars off another GM car.The people bringing suit, as in most things, get squat once the shouting is over.

    Read the earlier posts and email GM Customer Service your vin and phone #. You have to begin some course of action, even if it costs you 59.00 for them to "diagnose" a known problem.
  • If your handy with tools its a 50 part the ignition switch its alot better then getting stranded somewhere.
  • If there charging you 400 just to replace the ignition switch i would have it done somewhere else or do it myself its so easy to change you can by the switch for 50 at the parts store.
  • vader87vader87 Posts: 1
    I've been reading the multiple posts about starting problems. I've been having problems for the last couple of years. Like others I've replaced the battery a couple times. I put the car in my garage during the winter with a ceramic heater in the cabin. This allows me to get to work but then I have to wonder if it will start at quitting time.

    Now that it's summer, I still have to keep in the garage but don't need to use the heater. If I leave the car outside usually the dampness or if it rains will prevent the car from starting.

    I was leaving work yesterday and it was 87 degrees and it wouldn't start. Usually it will start after 3-4 attempts but it took 30 minutes to start. This is so frustrating.

    The sway bar bushing was replaced last year and now it needs replacing again. My car has around 135,000 miles on it. I was hoping to get to 200,000 but I don't think I can put up with it much longer.

    I've seen the You Tube video about cutting the white wire and thinking about giving that a try.

    So even thought they don't make Saturn any more, STAY THE HECK AWAY FROM USED ONES!!!!
  • As far as your starting concern it needs a ignition switch amazon has a ac delco one for like 23. There really easy to change.Now for you sway bar bushings did they ever change the brackets too?The 2003 and some of the earlier 2004 ions had the first sway bar bracket design the later second design holds the sway bar tighter.If you give me the last 8 of your vin i can tell you if you need them.
  • My saturn just started with the check engine light, I went to see one of my students at auto zone, she pulled the codes and it was P0340 wich according to the machine is a camshaft position sensor, however according to the parts list Saturn Ion 2003 doesn't have one. So once again, HELP!
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