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#845 of 860 Re: 1998 SL-1 [saturnvet]
Jun 30, 2007 (6:40 pm)
I have a 2000 SL2, so the motor's slightly different from an SL1, but I'd assume the same transmission. My car has only 43,000 miles, but does the same slight RPM surge at around 35 MPH on deceleration. I assume it's just a Saturn quirk from the transmission upshifting as you slow down. It's annoying at times, but I hope I never viewed it as a critical problem (although I've never owned another car that has done this). If anyone knows anything about this quirk, I'd love to hear it, too.
#846 of 860 Re: 1998 SL-1 [saturnvet]
Jun 30, 2007 (6:56 pm)
Sorry I can't offer any advice re the SL-2 issue, but I'm a big fan of the Vue. I put 160,000 miles on my '02 with a 4 cylinder EcoTec, 5 speed manual and front wheel drive. I had to have the driver's airbag replaced because of a horn switch failure (warranty) and a Body Control Module (BCM), non-warranty. Both rear wheel bearings/carrier assemblies were also replaced, non-warranty. The engine and transmission were flawless, requiring only routine lube services and the 100,000 mile service (grit your teeth for that one!). Overall I was very pleased with the reliability, utility and net cost of ownership (I averaged 32 mpg highway) - enough so that I bought an '07 last fall.
I have 24,000 miles on the '07, also a 4-cylinder, 5-speed, front wheel drive model. This week the clutch was replaced due to a factory parts mismatch problem identified by the dealer via a factory service bulletin. It was accomplished in under 24 hours and I was given a free rental car while repairs were made.
The '07 is a more refined vehicle in every way. It's the same dimensions, same basic utility and features. But the drive train, suspension, sound control, brakes - all are somewhat improved vs. the '02. For the price, I think the Vue is a great value. I currently average 28 mpg highway.
#847 of 860 Problems with 2003 L200 Starter/Alarm
Jul 03, 2007 (3:08 pm)
I have a 2003 L200. This weekend it just stopped working. I would sometimes make weird noises when the car would start but it was maybe once a month. We thought it was the starter. I've had the starter replaced but it still will not start. We think it has to do with the alarm but I'm not sure. Has anyone else encountered this before?
#848 of 860 dashboard lights
Jul 08, 2007 (5:34 am)
2004 Saturn Ion was in an accident...repaired after a long time...it starts up but then shuts off...padlock pic is on dashboard...I don't have a manual...what does this indicate?
#849 of 860 Re: Vue engine mis-firing [medinaron]
Jul 08, 2007 (6:12 pm)
Replace the fuel filter.
#850 of 860 Wiper Problems!
Jul 09, 2007 (3:08 pm)
Has anyone out there had any problems with their wipers on their L-Series? I have a 2000 LS1 and recently started having problems with my wipers. My mechanic has retired and I'm hesitant about paying high dealer prices.
So here's the problem, the wipers work fine on low and high speeds. If I try to use them on the delay setting, they will go up but struggle to come back down. The same thing happens if I try to use the mist setting. I was told that it might be the motor but it sounds more like the switch on the steering column to me. Any ideas???
#851 of 860 Re: dhanley [blackgtp]
Jul 09, 2007 (8:47 pm)
I have learned that unusual engine noises can be caused by oil filters with excessive resistance to oil flow.The worst I've seen are those painted orange that seem to be sold everywhere.
#852 of 860 Re: 2003 Saturn Vue [flyingdragon]
Jul 11, 2007 (6:39 am)
Well, we were not as fortunate as you when approaching customer care about our defective horn/air bag assembly. The Dealership, Saturn of Blue Springs, MO was of no help either and we are basically being told for $1,023.00 they will correct this problem. Not a happy Saturn Vue owner, for sure!! Thanks for the suggestion, however.
#853 of 860 Re: 2003 Saturn Vue [tarmns]
Jul 11, 2007 (8:52 am)
That's broken. I can't imagine the air bag assembly costs anywhere near this much. Did you research it at all?
Me personally? I'd be looking for another dealership. At the very least, they should do it at cost.
#854 of 860 Re: 2003 Saturn Vue [tarmns]
Jul 11, 2007 (9:23 am)
Very sorry to hear about your lack of success. I'm assuming you've discussed the matter with your zone rep, and directly with Saturn. It might be useful to urge them to discuss the situation with my original dealer - Saturn of Burlington, VT. They were very helpful it putting the information together and did the actual repairs. This was clearly a design and/or manufacturing defect. You should not have to pay for repairs, in or out of warranty. As a last resort, write a letter to your state Attorney General's office and take it to the dealer. Give them one more chance to do the right thing. If they don't respond as they should, mail the letter, and provide a copy to the dealer. Good luck!