Last post on Sep 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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Saturn VUE, SUV
#3775 of 3783 Re: 2005 Saturn Vue 3.5 L6 Reliability? [unhappyvue]
Apr 19, 2011 (2:06 pm)
Is that soft recall still valid?
#3776 of 3783 2005 Vue V6
Apr 19, 2011 (2:58 pm)
You may well be correct in the problems with the Vue....Maybe, I have just been lucky, but nothing serious at this time, approaching 100k miles.
Pls look at this link for problems with Saturn autos.
I see per their chart, that the '03, '04 and '06s are a source of problems.
Good luck with your autos.
I have owned many auto in my years and found they all have problems....that way they have service bays, as a big shot Auto guy told me, once.
A Santa Fe is one of my recent autos, and so far so good. My 4runner has had some issues but nothing serious, serious. The biggest problem, I have had so far is the Toyota Dealers on fixing problems that I have had with it.
No More Toyota in my driveway........thanks to the dealers...I can fix car problems, but not people problems..........
Can not fix what you did not break.
Mar 27, 2012 (6:12 am)
Took my 2008 Saturn Vue to the shop AGAIN this morning for the 6th time. BCM problems each time. It all started around 30,000 mles. At that time I had to haggle with GM to pay half of the repairs now come to find out it is all under warrenty covered under the power train? I still don't understand that, it is a computer problem not a powertrain problem. I shouldn't have to pay anything and should be reimbursed for the $700 I paid the first time there were troubles! The problems start with warning lights that come on, usually the ABS, tire pressure, or anti skid light. Then while driving at about 50 MPH the RPMs will suddenly jump up to around 3 then shoot back down. If you ignore the warning lights for too long (about a week) the car will just suddenly die when you are on the interestate. You can put it in neutral and start it again, but after you drive about 25 feet it will shut down again. I now have 98,929 miles on my car. The warranty supposedly runs out at 100,000. This is so disappointing. I ordered this car from the dealership, had it made just for me and pulled it off the lot with 0 miles. I was the first person in my city to have one. I have owned 8 GM cars/trucks over the past 20 years and my grandfather was a retired GM employee. I am utterly disqusted that GM has not done a recall on this car for the BCM problems. Very very disappointed in a company that I have been faithful to for over 20 years.
#3780 of 3783 2003 Saturn Vue 5 speed
Aug 14, 2012 (7:10 pm)
I am thinking about buying this as my first vehicle for college. What questions should I ask and what should I look for. How reliable is the vehicle? I have read mixed reviews.
#3781 of 3783 Re: 2003 Saturn Vue 5 speed [gymnastj]
Aug 15, 2012 (3:05 pm)
The 2003 Vue with the 4 cylinder/5 speed is a pretty good choice. One problem has been with the timing chain oiler. Its failure led to the failure of the engine. They don't all do it but some do. starting in 2004 they changed the part to get rid of the problem. One way to avoid the problem is to be sure that oil changes are kept up with...also, if the motor is quiet, chances are you don't have a problem. The timing chain will give plenty of warning before it breaks.
Things to look for:
rattles, rattles, rattles...these Vues are a noisy bunch and make a lot of front end noise. Common problems are with the front wheel bearings, struts/strut bearings and swaybar links. None are necessarily really expensive, its just something to be mindful of.
Clutch slave cylinder...the 02 and 03 models have had a history of slave cylinder failures. There's really no way to know if its good or bad short of driving it. Its about a $1500.00 repair but then again we are talking about a 9 year old car so things are bound to break.
The radios are all not very good...whatever that means to you...
May I suggest that you look for a 2006-2007 model with the 4 cylinder and automatic trans...many fewer problems and nicer interiors.
DO NOT BUY ANY 4 CYLINDER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION MODEL FROM 2002-2005!!! There have been many failures and very few last to 100000 miles...most not even half of that. The V6 models from any year are OK...the 04-07 models came with a V6 built by Honda that many people say is great.
Hope this helps...feel free to post questions...
Aug 26, 2012 (9:44 am)
I bought my 2004 Saturn Vue Redline new. It has 72000 miles and I decided this year to do some maintenance. I tow it behind a class A motor home, so it has another 15000 rolling miles.
I wanted to correct the rattle in the front end. Had the struts and mounts done. Also had the front brakes and rotors changed. The car was so much quieter, for a short while.
The rattle on low speed bumps has returned just as bad as before. I have read 442dude's ideas and I believe it is the caliper pin bushings. I will return to the mechanic with that suggestion.
I also found a couple of plastic part of the wheel wells rattling, so put in some screws.
Any other suggestions? I am aware of the stabilizer bushings and the mechanic says everything is tight.
#3783 of 3783 Re: 2005 Saturn Vue 3.5 L6 Reliability? [jr1]
Sep 12, 2012 (4:29 pm)
In 2010, I put out the alert on the Saturn VUE/SUV. Within weeks of
purchasing the then new vehicle, my husband started having issues with it.
It would jump out of gear or not lock, when parked in gear. The dealer
started pulling new parts out of the vehicle.
Twenty-one visits in 3 months time, and I convinced GM to take the SUV back or I would park it with a sign on the window listing our complaints.
Take your complaints to Washington and follow through with letting GM know. They would hate to see such a group of customers all complaining about one product.
Until one voice joins in a group and the noise becomes louder, no one is helped. Glad to see the vehicle "gone". Each time, I see one in a parking lot, I wonder about it!