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#162 of 334 Re: Saturn Vue: Problems and Solutions [lyndajacobsen]
Sep 15, 2009 (6:26 pm)
You don't mention which engine/transmission you have but I'm going to take a wild guess:
You have a 4 cylinder engine with the VTi transmission. The fluid they want you to add is called the VTi additive and GM said to put it in at the 50,000 mile mark. Its supposed to prolong the life of the transmission...it doesn't really work as this transmission was poorly designed and it fails at an alarming rate in the Vue. Don't put anything in the transmission except for the fluid that it calls for or the VTi additive as the VTi fluid is not compatible with any other fluids. Also, as I understand it, they don't typically rebuild them so if it needs repair they replace them to the tune of about $ 5000.00. And its unlikely that anyone but the dealer will even want to touch it. And at this late date, replacement transmissions are likely getting hard to find since they discontinued them about 5 years ago.
The owners manual is the least of your worries with a 2003 Vue with a VTi transmission but if you can find the 2004 edition, its likely almost exactly the same. GM had an extended warranty on the VTi transmission because there were so many failures, I believe it was 5 years/75,000 miles. Sounds like you're past on that but you may want to try to pursue it with a Saturn dealer. Maybe they will give you a break since its low miles but I wouldn't count on it.
Best of luck with your car but I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news for you. Its almost amazing that your transmission lasted as long as it did already- many failed much sooner. There are no preventative measures that you can take to make this transmission last any longer - it is on borrowed time. I'm sorry, I wish I had better news for you...If I'm wrong and you have a 6 cylinder engine, then disregard everything I said as its a different transmission.
All the best....
#163 of 334 Re: Saturn Vue: Problems and Solutions [lyndajacobsen]
Sep 17, 2009 (8:57 am)
If you have the VTI transmission in your than there is a no dipstick as this is a sealed transmission. You will need to take it to a dealer to have them perform a transmission service on it, that might help for awhile. Otherwise, you would be looking at spending anywhere between $5000.00 to $6500.00 to replace the transmission. Forget about rebuilding or getting used transmission, they are not available. I would suggest that if you have the financial means, trade the car in.
Sep 27, 2009 (12:10 pm)
I'm having issues with the fuel gage and the thermostat gage on the dash not working. Everything else seems to be working but these two things....I'm thinking it's a fuse that needs to be replaced, but can't seem to figure out WHICH fuse it is that needs replaced! Can someone help me??
#165 of 334 Re: Fuse questions [wikedsign]
Sep 28, 2009 (4:18 am)
Check the owner's manual, and that's no help take to a dealer.
#166 of 334 2002 vue oil light
Oct 03, 2009 (2:27 pm)
We have an 02 v6 awd auto with 98k on it a few weeks ago one night it overheated (gauge barely got to 3/4 mark) and car just shut down and wouldn't restart for a few minutes after it cooled down, it has a new thermostat so after checking things out I put a new water pump in after flushing the system. Now after it runs for about 15-20 minutes the oil light comes on and you can hear the valves tapping. The temp gauge never moves past 1/4 mark, no low coolant light, just oil light and tapping and a faint smell of burning rubber when you open hood. Any one have any ideas, it's not under warranty and I cant afford a huge repair bill. I'm thinking oil pump but it seems weird that it would go a day after the water pump goes.
#167 of 334 Re: Saturn Vue: Problems and Solutions [mbullhead]
Oct 07, 2009 (12:57 pm)
I have a '03 Saturn Vue 5-speed 4 cyl. I am having a few electrical problems that may be ran together. My reverse lights do not work, I have checked bulbs and fuses, but all are fine, my speakers just went out, (I do not listen to loud music at all), clutch is making weird sounds when ran cold, my blinkers stop working when they feel like it, and I have to reset by using my flashers, and my steering wheel moans when ran cold. When my speakers went out you could actually smell something burning, not electrical smoke, but the smell reminded me of a spend air bag. It could be that my wife does not know how to treat the vehicle and has ran it into the ground, but she does not drive that much. Any suggestions? Like I said I have looked at fuses and most of the wiring, but am out of other options.
#168 of 334 Dash Warning Lites Illurninating w/ ABS issue
Oct 22, 2009 (3:43 pm)
I have a 2004 Saturn Vue 6 cyc with 60000 miles. For the past 18 months the car has had the following problem: at any time during normal driving, all the dash warning/information lights come one accompanied by the warning ding. Ding goes off after 30 seconds but all warning lights stay on. Most of the time the lights go off by them selves after 10-15 minutes of driving which means the dealer can't duplicate the problem. Accompanying this problem, occasionally only the ABS and Traction control light come on and occasionally you'll get an ABS brake pulse during normal braking. Brakes continue to function however when slowing from very low speed to a stop you sometimes get an ABS pulse or a sudden movement of the brake pedal about an inch....all the time the brakes are functioning. During recent service, tech found "no commuication to the BCM' and replaced the body control module. Problem did not recur for 10 days when first the ABS light and Traction light came on and then went off a few minutes later and a few days later the entire dash lite up again similar to before and with the same types of braking anomolies previously experienced. Since the dealer has never been able to duplicate this in spite of the BCM replacement and the problem remains. Any suggestions. Thanks
#169 of 334 Re: Dash Warning Lites Illurninating w/ ABS issue [pvkarl]
Oct 23, 2009 (12:44 pm)
Have the dealer check the 40way connector down by kick panel on the driver side of the dash to see if it has corroded.
Nov 03, 2009 (6:40 am)
any one know where the left center body ground block is located on 2002 4cyl?? dealer is no help.
#171 of 334 2005 Redline Transmission/Shift Issues
Nov 27, 2009 (8:56 pm)
I recently purchased an '05 Redline with 60,000. The only issue I have is some weird shifting it tends to do. When I'm going under 50 mph and it shifts down into overdrive, it will stay in overdrive for 2-3 seconds before kicking back up into 4th like if I were going up an incline. After it shifts up, it stays there for a second or two before shifting back down in overdrive and the cycle starts again. However if I'm going over 50 it will shift down into overdrive and stay there until I make it shift up. I have had previous work expereince as a mechanic, but am unfamilar with both Honda engines and transmissions, especially the CVT that this has. Any thoughts, ideas, or similar experiences? Thanks!