Um, I am 45 years old, I have been driving for near 30 years. That way you know the ignition switch, the Body Control Module, Engine Control Module and the rest of the starting circuit is all working normally. A month later I had a starting problem again, but it did not repeat until today. Overall this is just a ridiculous issue and I'm tired of being late for work and starting my car 10 to 20 minutes before leaving my car unattended while getting ready. Note: a couple of times I could not turn off the car, which is a safety hazard.
I know three people with Saturn Ions and they all have the exact same problem. We found it odd there is power at the clutch pedal switch in the ignition run position. I took it to a mechanic which said he couldn't figure it out but would replace the started and solenoid which happened. I have a 04 ion redline, I parked it a year and a half ago in storage and recently went to start it but it will not crank over, we jacked it up and checked for power on the starter solenoid trigger wire in the ign. Sounds like it wants to start, but no you have to wait 10 min then turn key and it starts. Bought new battery, still wouldn't start.
Please investigate the additional issue of btsi solenoid and switch failure as being a contributing factor in the overall ignition saftey problems of gm Saturn Ions. Money has been spent on starters and batteries but many owners of this similar vehicle have had the same problem, but Saturn is refusing to fix the problem. Again 2 days later, no start, I took it to a different mechanic which ran tests on it and said he couldn't figure it out, but since my battery was 5 years old, maybe I should replace that which I did. Saturn tested alternator and battery and checked starter everything checked out. There is most likely a fault in the ignition switch or the passlock system. I have checked several sites and this appears to be a big problem that should be address.
Bought new battery cause that is what a mech said to do need larger size. They are saying this isn't a safety problem. I wish Saturn would have sent out something to address this issue or even acknowledge that it exists but what can you do! I still had issues with the car through the winter, and they didn't know was what wrong. The oil that was used at the time of manufacturing prevents the electricity to connect to the starter. People seem to believe it is a problem with the pass-lock system being temperamental.
I researched on the internet and found a forum where dozens of other Ion owners where having similar problems. They really weren't sure what was wrong they admitted, but it seems to work now. Now I know to wait 15 minutes and then try starting car again. All the dash lights are on, and all the accessories work when the key is turned to start, but the starter does not even attempt to turn. I was told that the key may have worn down, or a part in the housing may have scratched the inner surface of the housing causing the key to be stuck in the ignition. The key would get stuck in ignition and not release, or I would be unable to turn the car on after inserting the key.
It looks like the problem is the starter switch. Bad advertising for the company too. That same winter, my car would not start in the cold again. Suffice it to say if there's no obvious reason for your vehicle to not start, it's probably passlock related. I also spoke with a Saturn dealership service department.
Starts fine in warm season. If you've noticed that waiting a few minutes seems to help, that's the clincher. Saturn says I just don't know how to start my car. This allows the car to start every time, but also gives an error message about the disabled system. After waiting 10 min I tried again and it started. The second time I took the car to the dealer and they tell me the starter switch needed replaced! It is a recurring problem when the weather is cold.
Hence the dozens of accounts of people replacing starters and batteries with no lasting results. Jump start it, it will start sometimes. We do not have electrical schematics. His vehicle left him and his three year old stranded in cold weather because of this problem. I took my car to the Saturn dealer they could not find anything wrong. After all of those new parts the problem persisted.
The failure mileage was 137,000. In addition, it can make you aware of any factory defects that are current with your vehicle. However, it did not start yesterday in 30 degree weather. Also, the shifter assembly had to be replaced, because the key continued to get stuck. I guess that idea only applied to their commercials.