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#3496 of 3783 Question from a new VUE Owner
Dec 06, 2005 (7:25 pm)
I have owned 2 Saturns in the past (1996 SL and 2002 ION), and I have always experienced good luck with these cars and the service provided by Saturn.
I just traded in the ION for a used 2005 VUE (2.2L - 4cyl - 5-speed manual) from our local Saturn dealer. We wanted this car immediately after the test drive - it only has 11,000 miles on it, it was a great price, and we just loved how the vehicle felt and handled.
We bought it last week - and so far - we are relatively happy. But - we are experiencing one problem - and I was wondering if anyone has encountered this:
Over the last few days a slight "knocking" noise is coming from the engine when idling (mainly after the engine has been running for at least 5 minutes). We can only hear the knocking sound in the cabin of the car - and I can't hear it when standing outside of the car, even when listening to the engine with the hood up or listening from underneath the vehicle. The knocking is not extremely loud - but it is noticeable.
We took it to Saturn twice (since it is still under warranty) - and the first time, the technician said he couldn't hear the knocking sound. Today, the technician did hear something, and made some adjustment to the engine - but the sound is still there. I brought it back again later this afternoon, and we were told that the knocking sound is normal for all VUE's when they are idling.
Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks so much for the help - any advice or guidance is really appreciated!
#3497 of 3783 Re: Question from a new VUE Owner [bgkywku]
Dec 07, 2005 (7:41 am)
Humm, I can't say that I've ever noticed an engine knock at idle on our VUE (2004 4cyl 5sp). I will listen again this weekend when I drive it next (the wifey drives it during the week).
#3499 of 3783 Saturn Vue Clutch Problem
Dec 07, 2005 (11:45 pm)
I have a 2003 Saturn Vue 4 cylinder, standard transmission. The clutch went out at just over 30,000 miles. The vehicle is still under the 36,000 mile bumber to bumper warranty. I contacted the Saturn Dealer and was told the clutch was covered under the warranty. After the Saturn mechanic looked at the vehicle, they declared the problem to be fair wear and quoted me a price of $1,400 to repair the clutch. I have driven standard shifts all my life and never had a problem with a clutch going out under 100,000 miles. I contacted Saturn customer service and they immediately transferred me to MIC who immediately reconnected me with Saturn customer service. Saturn then turned it over to an area representative who again declared it fair wear and would not honor the warranty. They said the clutch was burned, which, it was. It heated up when it failed. My thoughts are that the pressure plate may have been weak and allowed the clutch to slip until it failed. Has anyone faced a similar problem with their Vue and, if so, how was it handled?
#3500 of 3783 Re: Question from a new VUE Owner [bgkywku] - Knocking problem
Dec 09, 2005 (6:27 am)
We have the same knocking problem. We just went to the garage last week and we were also told that the knocking sound is normal???? We are not very satisfied with this. They told us that we were not the only one complaining about it.
#3501 of 3783 Re: Question from a new VUE Owner [bgkywku] - Knocking problem [bh05]
Dec 09, 2005 (7:24 am)
[Specs: 2004 VUE, 4cyl 5sp, 28,600 miles]
I drove our VUE yesterday and last night, and did not observe any noticeable knocking sound within the cabin at idle or under normal driving conditions. I will be on the look-out for it now though.
Just out of curiosity, how often do you all change the oil in your VUEs (especially the ones that are knocking)? I thought I read in the owner's manual that the 2004 VUE has a "oil change light" that will illuminate when the oil gets dirty, but I don't trust it so I have mine changed every 4K-5K miles no matter what.
#3502 of 3783 Sad to see it go, but had to.
Dec 14, 2005 (2:43 pm)
16 days ago traded in my Black/Tan Cloth 2003 AWD 4-cyl VUE for a 2006 Bremuda Green/Grey Cloth AWD LT Equinox with Power Sunroof, 6-Cd changer & Side Airbags. I was sad to see the VUE go as I was the original owner with 67,000 miles on it and with the exception of routine maintenance and TSB capaigns never had any problems . The reason I let it go was because of the fact that it did have 67,000 miles and I was out of warranty and I personally wanted something new. I strongly considered a new 6 cyl AWD VUE, however Chevy was offering a Red Tag Sale plus $1000 cash rebate vs Saturn's $500 Target Gift Card. I can only hope my Equinox is as good to me as once was my VUE.
#3503 of 3783 Re: Saturn Vue Clutch Problem [bama46]
Dec 15, 2005 (3:03 am)
Further Update! Saturn did decide to honor the warranty concerning the clutch problem. Please disregard the above.
#3504 of 3783 Re: Mileage and temperature and filling posture, oh my [jlogreco]
Dec 22, 2005 (12:20 pm)
Hold the horses--settle down! My 2005 VUE also says to refuel with 4 gallons left in the tank--or still 1/4 tank on hand. As far as I can tell, it's the norm. Besides, how can you "lemon law" a car over the gas gauge?
#3505 of 3783 04 Vue Front end noise
Dec 29, 2005 (4:44 am)
Just traded in my 03 Vibe on a 04 V6 FWD Vue. The deal was too good to pass up. Blue, 24k, moonroof, power/heated seats, 6 speaker CD, like new condition. I paid $14,875 and added a 100k bumper to bumper extended warranty for another $1100 for a total of $15,975.
So far I have driven it about 400 miles and just love it. The Honda V6 was the big selling point for me. I am averaging just under 25 mpg which I consider to be excellent for this type of vehicle.
Now my question. I have a rather loud noise coming from the front end. It sounds like rubber rubbing together and only happens on road imperfections during slow speeds (like going over speed bumps for example). Its still under the factory warranty so it will be going to the dealer next week. I am just curious as to what it could be.