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Old 02-26-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default My current NIGHTMARE. 2006 Ion 3

The car is NOT the nightmare, its the DEALER that worked on it. My wife and I drove a 1996 Saturn SL2 till it died. We loved that car, and got a slightly used 2006 Ion 3 just after Saturn sadly closed its doors. Its been a great car so far, but my check engine light came on and the car started going into a "safe power" mode were the engine would suddenly drop power. Mostly on accel or hill climb. My wife was driving it on the freeway, and it kicked in. It would only allow her to drive at 45MPH so she drove it to a shop.

The shop said it needed a new computer. We got repair insurance, so we had to check with the insurance company to see what shops they support. They told us to take it to a local Chevy dealer, and we did. The dealer said it was 3 bad engine sensors. Now, im a PC tech, and having 3 different components go bad at the same time does not make sense. If that happens, the root cause typically is the common thing those sensors are attached too, and that's the computer.

They replaced the sensors, and the check engine light came on. When I was driving to work, the power would cut for 1 second, and come back on when passing or climbing. The problem got progressively worse till on 1 hill climb, the car could not make it and just died. I have video of that.

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You can see the tac bouncing when I drive. The engine died soon after that.

We had it towed back to the dealer despite my better judgment, and they replaced the computer. Now my life just called to let me know that the engine is loosing power AGAIN.

Anyone have any idea's what could cause this?

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Old 02-26-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: My current NIGHTMARE. 2006 Ion 3

How many miles are on it? Also update your vehicle info...1998 Ion? :P

What are the codes showing now that the sensors and computer have been replaced?

Last known time the spark plugs/ignition control module/coil on plug system was replaced?

Just needing more info to get started

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:29 PM   #3
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Default Re: My current NIGHTMARE. 2006 Ion 3

We at least need the code (s) the ecu is setting... You should have come on here first, before you got the runaround...

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trifecta dealer for the U.P. and WI. There is no two door ion. Proudly driving one of the last saturns produced before gm killed the brand.

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