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Saturn VUE, SUV
Feb 03, 2004 (6:28 am)
I purchased my 04 VUE V6 AWD on 1-6-04. It is for my wife. We had the first good snow and I noticed the stock tires(Bridgestone Dueler H/T) were not very good on snow. I decided to get a set of snow tires. I went with Michelin Artic Alpins(215-60/17) on the stock wheels. I purchased MB Motoring 847 Chrome 5-spoke wheels for the summer and put the stock tires on that.
I feel much better that my wife is driving with GREAT snow tires. A very big improvement on snow compared to stock, traction, braking and handling MUCH better on snow.
I went out last night and tried the new tires on 6-8” of new snow. What a difference in braking and taking off fast with real snow tires.
My wife went to work today with 8” of snow on the unplowed roads and the VUE performed GREAT.
Feb 03, 2004 (7:27 pm)
Snow tires is what people should get for the snow. Most people don't bother though. That said, some "all seasons" are better than others. Good Year Eagle GAs are very good. Our BF Goodrich TAs are awful.
Feb 04, 2004 (2:52 pm)
recently sat in an 04 vue with the 4cyl engine and was really disappointed in the interior. Is the interior for the V6 different from the 4cyl? I like the looks of the Vue's exterior, but the interior was a real disappointment. how could any auto maker put such a cheap/unfinished interior in a nice looking auto? reguardless of the vehicles price.
#3056 of 3783 Car and Driver VUE Review
Feb 04, 2004 (3:59 pm)
Page 142 of March 2004 issue.
Here parts of the article:
Saturn VUE V-6 AWD
GM breaks down and buys a Honda
0-60mph 7.0 sec
5-60mph 7.5 sec
¼ mile 15.5 sec 89mph
The otherwise undistinguished career of your humble author took a lucky turn in 1999 when, while working at the trade newspaper Automotive News, a deep throat at GM let fly that the General was taking to the Honda Motor Company about buying engines. The Sloan and Kettering rolling over in their graves registered on the Richter scale,
The world’s largest automaker, which spawned the automatic transmission, the self starter, and the catalytic converter, was reduced by changes of fortune to buying engines from a smaller Japanese outfit that, 35 years ago, was marketing air-cooled two-cylinder cars with chain drive. This was big. But to be a news story, it needed a second source, another singing canary. What is got was the head goose.
Not long after, I was a guest of Honda’s at the Twin Ring Motegi racetrack in Japan. Dawdling behind the pits waiting a drive in an S2000, turned around to find Honda’s president, Hiroyuki Yoshino, standing nearby, alone, having wandered away from his ever-present
SWAT team of handlers. The question was delivered with a shaky voice: Is Honda discussing an engine sale with GM? Yoshino, arms folded, eyes impassive, remained mute for a moment, then said, “Yes, we are talking to Ford too.” Ding! Express ticket to page one, please.
Who knows what became of the Ford talks? The first byproduct of the GM deal is pictured here. A VUE with a V6 built by Honda at Anna, Ohio.
Hold it! This is basically the same cast aluminum VTEC variable-valve timing-equipped mill and 5-speed automatic Honda drops into the $36,200 Acura MDX and the $27,560 Honda Pilot LX, as well as the Honda Odyssey. Bolted into the $24k Saturn VUE doesn’t this VUE represent a “roaring” value?
Well, more of a growling value. The VUE is no Honda, although it now sounds and accelerates like one. Compared with the weak jabs of the last year’s British-built 181-hp, 3.0 liter iron block V6, the 250-hp Honda 3.5 delivers a solid right hook. The new VUE’s 7.0 second scoot to 60mph is a substantial 1.4 second trimming of the old time, and the ¼ mile shrivels from 16.6 seconds to 15.5 at 89mph. Flat-foot the pedal and the VUE squats and burns and lunges like a stink bug in heat. On the freeway it zooms by tractor- trailers as if they were roling an square wheels.
The old cockpit resembled the made of a brown paper bag. Now chrome accents ring the white-face gauges, and titanium-colored plastic blankets the center console and new three-spoke, two-tone sterring wheel. The purposeful 17” spoked alloy wheels, standard on V-6 AWD models, resemble Audi parts-bin rims.
Feb 05, 2004 (8:05 am)
rhouser2 : V6 models have an upgraded interior. 4 cyl models have the old interior.
luv94rx7 : The 3.5L makes the VUE quite a rocket huh? Unless you are getting a base 5-speed manual 4 banger, I can't see not getting a V6. Everything about it is better. That said, if GM decides to drop the new 2.4L Ecotec into the VUE next year, I would consider going 4.
Feb 05, 2004 (9:46 am)
Let's limit quotations from copyrighted sources to (very) brief excerpts! Thanks.
#3059 of 3783 Problems with the CVT Tranny
Feb 06, 2004 (9:44 am)
I own a 2003 Saturn Vue AWD with the 4 cyl and the new Variable trans. Recently I have had serious problems with the vehicle going into what the dealer has told me a "save mode" basically the computer senses too much wheel spin and shuts down power to the tranny. What I end up with is the car sitting in 2" of snow on a slight incline and it will not move. It wont even let enough power to the ground to spin one tire. I have had it towed into the dealer and after 4 days of looking at it the above explanation is what I get. Even after sitting overnight it will not bump out of that "save mode". I am in the process of going through corporate to try to fix this.
What I am posting this for is to see if anyone else has had problems like this. Also if you are thinking of getting one of these, I would consider not getting the Variable Tranny, at least untill they find a problem to this. The car has preformed flawlessly up untill now, even pulling itself through my driveway with 10 inces of snow down. Just recently has this decided to be a problem.
#3060 of 3783 warranty issue
Feb 07, 2004 (3:32 pm)
That's why they put warranties on new cars. Keep on them until it's either fixed or replaced. Good luck to you!
Feb 11, 2004 (6:12 am)
I agree, this is a warranty issue. Saturn should be able to fix this issue.
CVT issues have not been that many from what I have read on other sites though I think the V6 is preferable if you can handle the extra gas and cost.