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Saturn VUE, SUV
#3687 of 3783 Re: shepard [carguy1234]
May 15, 2007 (4:45 pm)
I'm wondering if you can help me. I'm having problems with the stabilizer bar on my 2002 Saturn VUe. I've had them replaced twice so far (once in warranty and once just outside warranty - 63,000km). They need replacing again - 94,000km. Is this a known defect on the vehicle per TSN noted above. How do I go about getting Saturn to pay for this repair if at all possible +/-$300. Thanks.
#3688 of 3783 new vs old
May 18, 2007 (8:45 am)
I was looking forward to the 08 Vue but now, not so much. It weighs 4000 lbs (about 500 more than the 07) and it's $3,000 higher. It may be a better vehicle but that isn't the direction I want to go. With gas over $3gal, I want a lighter, more efficient vehicle that costs less (or the same.) The new Vue isn't for me. It's similar to the Edge. Too big and too pricey. But the Vue isn't really that big, it's just fat.
The category of SUV I'm interested in is under 3500lbs, 30mpg on the hwy and 18 to 22k. That's the Jeep Patriot, the Honda CRV and maybe the new Nissan Rogue. The new Vue is too fat and too expensive.
May 19, 2007 (6:55 am)
We all know that we had trouble with removing those door panels. When I got my car alarm installed on my 2004 Vue, they broke the clips on the bottom. Now my door panel keeps catching everytime I open the door. I have been looking all over for a door panel; A used, salvaged, refurbished panel would work. Saturn wants to charge me $500 for a brand new one. Does anybody have any ideas as to where I could get one?
#3690 of 3783 Re: Help [jmil74]
Oct 10, 2007 (1:25 pm)
Sounds like a no brainer. Go buy the new one for $500.00, and present the bill to the alarm company that broke it. They carry insurance for situations like yours. If they don't, you aren't dealing with a reputable outfit
#3691 of 3783 Saturn Vue electrical problems??
Feb 03, 2008 (6:34 pm)
I have a 2003 Saturn Vue...it's my 2nd Saturn, but most likely my last.
I am frustrated because the service department gives me lots of "we can't reproduce the problem" types of comments and I am to the point where I feel they don't know what they are doing.
Here is my latest problem...I would be interested to know if anyone else is having this problem...
My dash lights are doing screwy things....service light, service engine soon, the gas gauge, as well as tachometer, speedometer and temperature gauge all go haywire constantly as I am driving.
My Non saturn auto repairmen has tried and tried to figure it all out, he is to the point where he is now sending me back to the dealer. He feels I have a short somewhere. This has not been the only problem with my car. I am out of warranty, but still paying on the car (not much to go now). There have been other problems which Saturn couldn't fix during warranty. After warranty the problem became worse and I had to pay to have it fixed....My next car will be a Honda!!! I want something that lasts!
#3692 of 3783 Re: Saturn Vue electrical problems?? [eileen2left]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 03, 2008 (6:49 pm)
There have been other problems which Saturn couldn't fix during warranty. After warranty the problem became worse and I had to pay to have it fixed
I'd ask your dealer to fix the old problems for free, assuming you have a record of your service visits asking them to fix these old problems, and assuming there's not some other reason why the problems got worse (accident, abuse, etc.).
If the dealer doesn't agree to work with you, ask to speak to a zone representative (or whatever Saturn calls their regional customer support people). If you still don't get any results, you may want to contact your local consumer protection agency and see if they can help.
The After Warranty Assistance article at Edmunds may be of interest too.
#3693 of 3783 Re: Saturn Vue electrical problems?? [eileen2left]
Feb 04, 2008 (6:22 pm)
I'm pretty sure that the reason for your problems is a failing BCM (body control module). In a nutshell, the BCM controls all sorts of things dash and interior related, basically all of the things you've listed as going crazy as well as things like the remote unlock on your key ring and the interior lights.
As far as I know, the BCM can only be replaced by the dealer as there's a bunch of programming that they have to do to it once they've replaced it. It is unfortunately a fairly common failure on the 02-03 Vue. I've read its about $ 800 to repair...
You've mentioned that you've brought your car to the dealer - make sure you've got all of your receipts so you can make a case that there were things that could have been repaired under warranty but "couldn't be reproduced" by the dealer mechanics.
Best of luck - keep in mind that Honda and Toyota have service departments too and its not easy to get an appointment at theirs either...I know a guy who had a late model Camry that was falling apart at 35K miles and I knew someone that had a '69 VW Beetle that was a lemon. There are no guarantees, they all need repairs - Don't worry, be happy
#3694 of 3783 Re: Saturn Vue electrical problems?? [eileen2left]
Mar 04, 2008 (12:57 pm)
sounds like you may need a new body harness (the wiring that makes your car function) and as for honda, hate to break it to ya but the vues have honda motors in them
#3695 of 3783 Everything A-OK
Apr 26, 2008 (5:40 am)
Since most posters come here with a problem or complaint, I'd like to blaze my own trail:
Just want to report that my 2004 Vue with 43,000 miles, the 4 cylinder and a 5 speed manual trans is running great and getting me 25 MPGs in the process.
Went on a camping trip last week - the Vue climbs hills like a mountain goat...
#3696 of 3783 Shudder at 32mph
May 10, 2008 (4:15 am)
Our '04 VUE with the FWD V6 has developed a "shudder" somewhere in the drivetrain at approximately 32mph under moderate acceleration. It only lasts a matter of 2-3 seconds, although in one instance my wife managed to prolong this to 5-10 seconds while on an uphill incline.
The dealer has been notified, and in fact we took the vehicle in to see if they could detect any problems. Nothing shows up on any of the sensors and the suspension components all seem to be in proper alignment, etc. They told us to keep track of all the instances of the problem and we've pretty much narrowed it down to that speed, a certain rpm, and a certain gear (2nd to the highest).
It feels like the drive wheels have broken loose, for example on wet pavement, but this occurs under many conditions, most of which are not on wet pavement. And, of course, it doesn't happen all the time. The dealership had the vehicle overnight and could never get it to duplicate the problem.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this??? Appreciate any input. Oh yes, we've got over 50k on the vehicle.