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#156 of 341 Electrical Issues - not
Jun 24, 2011 (7:44 am)
In case it helps someone.....
My 2008 Saturn Vue has 130K miles and needed a battery last Saturday. Last crank happened to be at Auto Zone. They put a new one in (said I had to also purchase these little pads things and packet of lubricant for posts - 'Auto Zone battery protocol').
Thru the week lights have been flashing and car seems to lose power while on the highway.
Car wouldn't crank (no lights no power no nothing) - then it would crank.
Onstar diagnostic was not helpful (gave me a different answer each time depending on which light happened to be on at the time I hit the blue button.
I took Vue in where I purchased it (no longer a Saturn place) they tightened some cables but no longer had a computer to perform diagnostic. They said it sounded like a body control module issue.
The place I took it next wiped all the lubricant off battery and removed the little pad things and now car works fine! ! !
Auto Zone's $184 battery protocol cost me a rental car, an hour of labor and a week's worth of anxiety plus lost time from work. (They said it had never happened before....)
But thankfully - the electrical issues were not car related they were battery related.
#157 of 341 Re: My 2009 is doing this ... VUE POSSESED [pocoman54]
Jul 08, 2011 (3:24 pm)
I just bought my 09 Vue in March, and it has been in the shop twice with blinking lights and alarm bells going off. It is dead now. Did you get yours fixed, or what happened to it? Did GM come up with a solution? I would really like to fix this pain in my bum!
#158 of 341 Re: My 2009 is doing this ... VUE POSSESED [cr15ty]
Jul 12, 2011 (1:18 pm)
I apologize for your concerns. Has your dealer involved technical assistance? Please keep me updated on your situation.
GM Customer Service
#159 of 341 Re: my saturn vue 2003 electrical problem [m0mmylove]
Jul 18, 2011 (5:35 pm)
i just started having the same problem, did you find out the problem
#161 of 341 Saturn Vue: 2-Year Battery Dead
Jul 19, 2011 (2:09 pm)
I have a 2009 Saturn Vue (purchased new from dealership and I am original owner). I treat it well and it's stored in a cooled and covered garage. No battery issues ever before. Yesterday, the battery died (Yes, I got stranded because my car wouldn't start!). I was able to charge it all night and this morning it barely turned. It doesn't charge when I drove it to the dealership (barely made it there!). Now, the dealer says the battery was deffective, but they won't cover replacement even though the battery is only 2.5 years old and I'm still within the 36 months of my warranty. Has anyone else had this problem? Seems like a piece of crap to have a dead battery (that won't be replaced under warranty) already. A dead battery within less than 3 years? What has anyone done? I'm ready to sell the car--I can't drive it now anyway!
#163 of 341 Saturn Vue 2009 Electric Problems
Jul 20, 2011 (5:58 am)
Yesterday, smoke from the sunroof area started coming in the vehicle. My wife was about 40miles from home taking a summer class and had to call campus police and the local fire department in case of fire. Luckily, the car did not catch on fire and there is no visible damage. We did take the vehicle to the local Chevy dealer and they are looking into the issue. We are waiting on their response. Before the horrendous smell and smoke started, the dome lights and visor lights were flickering and the area around windshield and visor was extremely hot, as well as around the dome area. My guess is there is a major electrical problem and the smoke could only get out through a small opening by the sunroof. The insurance will not say if they will cover repairs due to it might be classified as 'wear and tear.' This is definitely NOT 'wear and tear' as this car is only 2.5 years old and we bought it brand new. Is this a common problem? Has this occurred in any other Saturn Vue 2009? This is a true fire danger as the car could've caught on fire, and most importantly it could've injured my wife!
#164 of 341 Major Electrical Problems with 2003 Saturn Vue
Jul 23, 2011 (6:32 am)
I was driving when all of a sudden my radio shut off, the lights all went out on the dash, none of the gauges worked and power steering went. My initial diagnosis would have been the bcm or possibly a bad ground. I took it into a local gm dealer. They let me know it was NOT the bcm or any bad grounds but a short in the system. It has been a few days and they cannot trace the problem and I am starting to get worried that there is no light at the end of this tunnel or if there is that they are going to charge me way to much for a car that is 8 years old. I don't have a sunroof like many users have had on here when dealing with an electrical issue. Any help from gm service would greatly appreciated.
#165 of 341 Re: Major Electrical Problems with 2003 Saturn Vue [cwinter82]
Jul 23, 2011 (2:12 pm)
I just got a call from the dealership. They found the issue. There was a wire that burnt through in the firewall and shorted out against the frame. They were very understanding and are only charging me less than $300 even though they spent a good 15-20 hours on it trying to trace the short.