The Biggest Piece Of Junk I've Ever Owned...
UNITED STATES, VIRGINIA -- I am at my wits end with my car, a 2005 Saturn Ion 2 Quad. Here is the ‘short’ list of my problems and dealer visits;
#1 – 600 miles – brake lights didn’t work, IP didn’t work; repair harness and IP.
#2 - 900 miles – radio quit working, doors leaked in the rain; replaced radio and adjusted doors
#3 – 4100 miles – Stranded, car wouldn’t start; replaces ignition switch
#4 – 8700 miles – clunking in front end when cornering; replaced bushings
#5 – 9342 miles – radio, gauges and lights malfunctioning; replaced BCM (body control module)
#6 – 13160 miles – Stranded, car wouldn’t start; replaced ignition switch
#7 – 21000 miles – car shook while braking and at freeway speeds, also radio malfunctions and steering makes clunk; replaced wheel bearings, rotors, steering shaft and BCM
OUT OF WARRANTY
#8 – 52000 miles – clunks while cornering and gauges malfunction; replaced BCM under ‘goodwill’. Told the swaybar bushings are ‘wear items’ and are not covered
#9 – 53000 miles – Stranded, key will not turn and steering is locked; replaced lock cylinder and was told it was from normal wear and tear. I had to pay $190.
The best part is, I got it home from #9 and it now takes 3-6 key turns to start. And the nearest dealer is Saturn of Harrisonburg, which is over an hour away and over a mountain (seriously). There is something wrong with this car, both mechanically and electrically. I think the latter stems from the initial short that caused the brake lights to fail.