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I have a 2007 Saturn Ion with a power steering issue. The car only has 31,000 miles, but fell short by 14 days of the warranty. We contacted the dealer, they ran the vin # and said the vehicle was sold on a certain date.(We bought it used from another dealer) I have seen several other complaints on this, shouldn't there be a recall on this problem. I hear the part runs around $600 and labor around $400-$500. Anyone see a way around this expensive and well know problem?

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You can now buy just the power steering motor for $150 instead of the complete column for $600,,the motor overheats and cuts out,thats all you need,easy to install or about $150 ish laborat dealer,that will fix the cutting out and no power steering issue,,,,common,,,,,checvy has a recall on the cobalt for this concern but saturn does not even thou its the same exact part,,,,because when GM went bankrupt they are NO longer responsibile for any saturn issue,,,,,,hence,,no recall

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