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Saturn VUE, SUV
Jul 03, 2002 (11:06 am)
I tend to agree with vuefor2 - build date affects numbber of problems, and also Saturn is good to try to take care of things. Having said that, I returned my fwd m5 after 9 days with 500 miles on the clock because of two major issues - the sporadic and unpredictable failure of most of the power accessories to work on startup (but no problems on restart), and the sporadic and unpredictable failure of the clutch to engage/disengage the gears properly when the clutch pedal was fully depressed (again fixed by shutting down and restarting). They were very disapponted that I didn't let them try to fix them under warranty, but I had no desire to fight ghosts when I was planning to keep the vehicle for 10+ years like we have with our 91 SL1 (170,000 miles). The official reason for return was listed as "defective ignition switch", which may be partly or completely true, but I didn't want to mess around past the 30 days finding out.
I'm still having withdrawal from my Vue. I have tested the CR-V, Pathfinder, new Altima, XTerra, Tribute, Trailblazer, Jetta diesel, GTI, Audi A4, Passat sedan and wagon, Vibe, Suzuki VL-7, and Liberty, and for comfort, value (in base form), and just sheer fun the Vue was by far my favorite. I liked it so much, and have been pleased enough in my dealings with Saturn, that I chose to ignore the possibility of first year teething problems; after all, my SL1 was a charter year , and it has been the best car, foreign or domestic, that I've ever owned (although my wife prefers her 2000 Maxima).
Now, with one eye on bulletin boards like these, I plan this winter or next spring to order a 2003 Vue almost identical to my 2002, and keep it for 10+ years.
#1617 of 3783 Saturn Of Spartanburg-The Best Yet!
Jul 04, 2002 (9:53 pm)
I often go to the Saturn dealership in my area, and I have got to tell you, NO OTHER dealership treats me as nice! I give Saturn of Spartanburg high praise! I am only 16 years old, yet they always treat me with the highest level of respect and courtesy. The service before the sale ALONE would make me choose the VUE over any CR-V, and my aunt works for a Honda dealership. If Saturn is reading any of these post, I want them to know that Saturn of Spartanburg just can't be beat. No body, I mean nobody is better. The Honda and Toyota dealerships are inferior to Saturn of Spartanburg. I plan to do a great deal of business with them.
Jul 05, 2002 (8:07 am)
All of my experiences with Saturn dealers have been excellent. There is a reason they consistently rank in the top 3 and usually number 1 on the customer satisfaction surveys. Saturn has a slew of new product coming in the fall so I suspect you will see Saturn sales rise also as the current line up (excluding the VUE) is pretty dated.
#1619 of 3783 Wax your rims:
Jul 06, 2002 (5:33 am)
I spoke with the Saturn Service department concerning how quickly the alloy rims, available on the 4cyl 5spd, become difficult to clean. The service manager suggested waxing the rims. I did as instructed two weeks ago and can say when I washed the car this morning, all of the dirt and gunk rinsed right off. For those of you that have found it as much of a pain as myself, the extra effort may be worth it as it saves time on cleaning. Saturn recommends any auto wax with carnauba wax. --Eric
#1620 of 3783 Vue v. Subaru Outback Wagon
Jul 07, 2002 (7:31 am)
Hello everyone...kudos for a great discussion.
I am looking for a vehicle, other than a mini-van, to accomodate a growing family.
I have looked at many including the Tribute,CRV,Liberty and Santa Fe.
It's now down to the Vue 4cyl/5spd and the Outback Wagon.
In the Toronto area the VUE with ABS and power package is leasing for about the same amount as the Outback. I recognize that the Outback does have substantially larger by-back.
I would appreciate your comments on the Vue vs. Outback.
Also,I do have some concerns about the HP on the 4cyl Vue. I did compare it with other vehicles and it appears good when you compare weight, HP and Torque.Does the 4 cyl Vue have enough power for city and highway driving?
#1621 of 3783 Vue vs. Outback
Jul 07, 2002 (10:05 am)
Beacher3, have you driven them both in the city and on the highway? Have you tried passing on the highway? What did you think?
I've driven the 4 cyl. Vue. I was satisfied with the 5 spd. I'd like to try it with 5 passengers and some cargo to see how it manages.
I have a 5spd SL1 (1995) so that is my only Saturn comparison. It is adequate for my needs but, over a long distance, the seats are brutal.
#1622 of 3783 Vue vs. Outback
Jul 07, 2002 (3:24 pm)
5679- yes I test drove both the V4 and V6 hwy and city, in each instance with 3 adults and 2 kids. No surprise, V6 was vastly superior (but I want a 5 spd). V4 in the city was sluggish from a "stop", and more so with the A/C on, but it was tolerable. I'm confident it will get me safely through a left turn at an intersection.
On the hwy, once up to 100-110 km it seemed fine. I must admit I didn't get the chance to test it passing (just one of those days). The Outback at 165 Hp still leaves me wondering whether the V4 Vue is underpowered.
Never had a Saturn before, thanks for the note on the seats.
What was your experience passing on the hwy?
#1623 of 3783 Vue vs.
Jul 07, 2002 (5:00 pm)
I was alone so passing was just fine.
Incidentally, the local salesman here in E. Ontario said 4 weeks for the arrival of the 2003s. He also said he didn't know if the remaining 2002s would be discounted (cash back) or get a preferred financing rate.
Now just when I too had made up my mind that the 4 cyl. 5 spd. Vue was the way to go, my mind has again started thinking about my recent test drive in the 5 spd. Vibe which was actaully more fun than the Vue but not as roomy.
#1624 of 3783 Vue's built at end of run are not any better
Jul 08, 2002 (8:16 am)
My wife's Vue (fwd/5spd) was built at the end of May. Apparently it also has some of the common problems that was found on earlier models - 1) Vibration in Reverse, 2) Clunking from front passenger suspension when turning left, 3) Wet Carpet from AC
It also has one problem that I have not read here yet - The steering wheel is OFF CENTER when driving straight ahead. It doesn't seem to be an alignment problem, as it holds the straight line ok, but the wheel centering itself has moved to the left to where the top of the wheel is at about 11 oclock now. It wasn't like that when she first got it. Is this a new feature of the Electric Steering???
#1625 of 3783 I Don't Understand Saturn
Jul 08, 2002 (12:12 pm)
I was heavily considering becoming a Saturn convert and planning to purchase a V6 VUE in Gold at the end of this year.
My first issue was the fact that Saturn does not offer the V6 VUE with a standard transmission. Needless to say I got over that because I very much wanted to have one.
I just took a look at the Saturn website and have found that they have scratched the color choice of Gold. What they heck are they thinking? I don't like many of the colors offered. The only other color I would even consider would be Silver. And that new Green is hideous. Maybe I'm too picky, I don't know. But this sure kills my interest in the VUE, which is kinda sad because I wanted to remain loyal to GM.
Is it just me or does anyone else think that Saturn is makeing some mistakes?