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#58 of 314 another BCM problem
Feb 18, 2009 (3:32 pm)
I'm currently having some major trouble with my 2002 Saturn Vue AWD, I left my lights on overnight and my battery went dead, I tried jumpstarting the battery but was unable to start the car even after trying to charge it for the longest time. I went to advance auto and bought a new battery, installed it and expected it to start right up. Unfortunately the ignition turned and the engine seemed to catch for a split second before it died again. Every time I tried starting the car it seemed like it wanted to start but couldn't. Finally I had it towed where the mechanic had it for 3 days, apparently my fuel filter was clogged which he fixed, but the car still wouldnt start because of 2 codes. the first code was 1630 a theft detterent code which prevents the engine from starting also there was a 1631 password incorrect code so the car is not recognizing my key or keyfob signal thus keeping it in security mode and disabling the engine. I had to get my car towed from that mechanics shop to a dealership because "only a saturn dealer shop could fix it." I'm hoping the saturn people can fix it pretty easily. They said hopefully they'd just have to reprogram the BCM, I saw on another post that BCMs cost aroung 800 so I pray its not that. Has anyone got any advice, experience or comments about this, I'd be happy to hear them.
#59 of 314 Re: Just spoke to Saturn Head off [kerina_c]
Feb 25, 2009 (3:44 pm)
I too am having odd electrical problems, but mine seem similar but not identical to all of yours. So, my 2003 vue decided that the clutch wouldn't work anymore last week. This, after 43k, and I had to have the master and slave cylinders replaced, and something else. I brought it home, and the next time I went to drive it, my dashboard lights all started to flicker, then went dead. This started from 1st to 2nd gear at about 20 mph. ALL WHEN THE CAR WAS COLD. I live in Colorado, so it was only about 50 degrees out. Then, I got to the stoplight, put the car in neutral and everything popped back on. Started again, 1st to 2nd, and lost everything, again. Then, while going from 2nd to 3rd I realized that the speedometer stopped working at about 20 mph. But, if I put the car in neutral for a second (and let it coast) everything popped back on and the speedometer jumped to the actual speed (about 35 mph). I took it to the dealer that day, left it, and they were able to "recreate" the problem for 30 seconds, they say. They then ran all the diagnostics on it and cannot find anything wrong with it. The service manager didn't know what to do, so I told him to keep it another night and try again in the morning, as it seems to only happen when it is cold. (My fiance tried it later in the day before we took it to the dealer, about 60 degrees out, and it didn't do it). Next day, service manger doesn't even call me back. Someone else calls and says they can only "recreate" it for about 30 seconds. I wonder how long they are driving the darn thing. At any rate, they "don't know what to do" and suggested I take the car home. I told them "no". This is a problem, the car still has an extended warranty on it and they are obligated to fix it. I do not want to make it worse, and they do not seem to know what to do. I left it there again today, and no one has called me about it. Great business. Best part...I emailed this form to them 2 days ago to read. They told me "my car doesn't apply". BS? I am calling Saturn.
#60 of 314 DRL's not turning on
Mar 31, 2009 (6:52 pm)
I currently drive an 02 Vue, 5spd 2.2L. My DRL's didn't come on yesterday while driving home from work. The DRL indicator light on the dash blinks a couple times, then goes out. All the fuses are in good order, but were replaced anyway. The relays also are in good working order. My dad works for the company that makes the relays, and they are in good shape. I remember seeing a voluntary recall on this DRL issue, but cannot find the slip for it. Anyone know where I can find the recall info for ones not made mandatory by the government? It would make life much easier.
May 26, 2009 (7:04 am)
Okay so 3 months after I bought my 2003 Saturn Vue the electrical problems started up. My RPM's and gas gauge and MPH and everything in that area just stopped working and this has been going on now for almost 3 years. Oh and did I mention when all that happened the power steering went out. I keep getting told it's going to be minimum of $1,000 and that I need to take it to an electrician, and of course the only thing my warranty didn't cover was electrical issues.
#63 of 314 Possessed 03 Vue
Jun 24, 2009 (8:42 pm)
Well, I don't feel so lonely anymore!
My 03 Vue 5spd 4cyl 107K mi is asking to go to the auto auction. Many front end problems, but most frustrating are the electrical issues starting to show up.
Random security horn blasting and lights flashing, electrical door locks cycling on and off, interior and instrumentation lighting triggering on and off, wipers turning on randomly...
Sounds like what many of you have experienced. Is there a way to reset the computer? Disconnect the battery for short time?
Bad body control module? $800? Ugh...">
Jun 28, 2009 (4:14 pm)
I have a 2006 vue that is blowing the a/c blower fuse on the main block under the hood . I noticed it happens when the weather is reaches the 90's . The fuse blows before the car even gets started . any advise
#65 of 314 Re: A "Possessed" VUE [deddles]
Jul 13, 2009 (8:47 am)
I AM having similar problems! Most recent happened on vacation 1200 miles from home. Problems started just after purchase in May 2008. Dry conditions in summer. Locks popped up and down and almost all dash indicator lights and gauges "freaked out." Had the kids in the car and had to limp it home with the hazards on in the dark. Less than 1000 miles. They said it was the body control module and replaced it. Twice it had unexplained dead battery. Dealer has no record of tow in for this. FYI I had to wait 4 hours for Saturn Roadside Assistance. Fast forward to July 2009 and SAME problems of car freaking out are happening. Came off highway after approx. 2.5 hours straight driving, filled tank and ran through car wash just previous to reoccurence of problem. Dried under hood in the sun, and then just check engine light was on. Onstar diagnostics came back with all kinds of freaked out codes. Dealer in Orlando claimed they found corrosion on grounding strap cable. They filed it and applied dialectric grease. Said they hoped it would fix it. They cleared the codes. Car drove 1200 miles and now same freaking out problems again in the driveway after a home garden hose wash. On the way to the dealer. Saturn customer service far less helpful or interested than Onstar.
#66 of 314 Re: 03 Saturn Vue Electrical Issues [Daytime Running Lights]
Jul 21, 2009 (11:47 am)
I have an '04 Vue, with 56,000 miles. Daytime running lights quit a few months ago. Local mechanic checked wiring and, for $110 in labor, diagnosed it as either the resistor or the main computer. Quoted me $50 + labor for the resistor, so I had him try it. He just called and said the wrong part came in, and they can't get the right part. Other than that, it's been working lately. I'll drive it without the daytime running lights, rather than pay the $480 you referred to. Thanks for the information.
Shortly after we got the vehicle (It was 2 years old and had 17,000 miles on it), the sunroof was left open during a rain shower. That seemed to trigger interior lights staying on and coming on while we were driving. Banging on the lights themselves didn't seem to help, but working the switch on the driver's side of the dash board (the one the door pushes) seemed to help. It hasn't acted up for a while now.
We're happy enough with the vehicle for now, but I'll think hard before I get another Saturn.
#67 of 314 Re: 03 Saturn Vue Electrical Issues [Hiker67]
Jul 24, 2009 (5:22 am)
UPDATE: 3 DAYS LATER
Yesterday afternoon, our '04 Vue freaked out like so many of you said. Shifting from 1st to 2nd, it died. Restarted, and drove downhill to town. It repeated this behavior a couple times, and we decided to turn around. Up hill on the way home, it really lagged on the power. If it was in neutral a little, I could rev the engine and get going. I hate to do that to my transmission and clutch. Also experienced the weird electrical stuff: turn signal indicator on dash would blink really fast or really slow when the turn signal was on.
I HAD NO IDEA SO MANY OTHERS WERE EXPERIENCING THESE PROBLEMS. WHAT'S IT TAKE TO GET A RECALL ON THESE THINGS?
Thanks for all your comments. I guess, in some warped way, it's comforting to know we're not the only ones suffering from these things.