2002 Saturn VUE Reviews - Page 9 of 15

2002 Saturn VUE V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles

Summary:

Horrible

Faults:

Rotors replaced twice (only once under warranty)

Thermostat replaced twice.

Power locks not working on any door (got locked in the car and took several minutes fighting with the lock to let me out)

Lost power and had to have computer board replaced.

Steering wheel squeals (have had it greased several times)

After recall service, suspension sounds like a bucket of bolts.

Steering terrible.

Very hot interior (black with dark interior). If its over 60 outside, air conditioner must be used inside.

General Comments:

Never again. Never spent so much time sitting in repair. NO SATURNS!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2005

2002 Saturn VUE awd 6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 6 Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carSaturn Vue

Summary:

Sad state for a car that has possible chances against a Mercedes

Faults:

Clunking from rear end when vehicle was parked.

Drive shaft support deteriorated. Damage the u-joints in the front end. They replaced support with new driveshaft and u-joints.

Heater control would not move to 4 and lack of power.

Replaced complete blower unit.

Passenger side seat heater switch was bad and was never connected.

Replaced switch and connected.

Found out it was bad at factory and was disconnected.

Bucking at 40-50 mph from 2000-3000rpm.

Bad mass air flow sensor.

Replaced.

Link arms in front end clunking. Replaced.

Steering wheel shimmying and shacking.

Warped rotors.

I replaced them with slotted rotors made for the heavier SUV'S.

General Comments:

I also found out that the front rotors are basically the same rotors that is used on cars so expect warping in two years of rotors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2004

2002 Saturn VUE AWD V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carSaturn SW

Faults:

Air-conditioning unit leaked into the passenger side floor leaving the carpets soaked after about 15 minutes. Got cut off one day by a reckless driver and being a male driver showed my discontent by sounding my horn - unfortunately when I sounded my horn it continued to sound and would not turn off. Eventually had to pull into a service station and they removed the fuse from the fuse box to silence the horn. Now to top it all vehicle is now at 32,000 miles and the head gasket blew. Dealer said it was our fault because we had not changed the oil in 4,000 miles!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th June, 2004

2002 Saturn VUE FWD 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired37 miles
Most recent distance42600 miles

Summary:

Love my VUE, but hate the problems!

Faults:

My fuel pumps were replaces 8/2002.

My fuel sensor replaced 9/2002.

My front sway bars were replaced twice, 7/2003 and 4/19/2004. The Saturn dealer ship stated that the design allowed road grime to enter the sway bar links and "seize" the links. I don't think that they fixed the problem because I still hear the same loud noise. I took my VUE back for service, and now they say that the front driver's strut needs to be replaced (Out of Warranty).

I started to complain about a noise that I heard in reverse in June of 2002.

The service tech stated that he didn't hear a noise and told me that I didn't know how to drive stick. (I'm not sure if he just assumed since I was a woman I didn't know how to drive stick, but that did not make me happy!) After several return to a different dealership they finally decided that there was something wrong. They replaced a bushing.

The driver side windshield washer nozzle was replaced twice 1/2003 and 1/2004.

If I could get the servicers to quite getting grease on my seats, I'd be a happier Saturn owner. They have already replaced my seat once because they couldn't get the grease out.

General Comments:

This is my first new car I've owned. I love the car, but hate the problems. I don't mind taking my car in for service, but I do mind when you have to take it in two to three times to get one thing fixed. And I hate having to fix the same problem twice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th May, 2004

27th Mar 2005, 07:55

Fuel pumps?...your car only has one fuel pump and also for that matter only one front sway bar.

1st Sep 2007, 18:19

HI, My girlfriend has a 2006 Vue, I have a 2007. We live on a dirt road, that is bumpy, but not bad. At 18,000+ her sway bar broke. I am just at 18,000, and mine broke today. Saturn covered hers under warranty, and I am assuming mine will get covered as well, but I am wondering if this is a problem or a design flaw. We are up a paved windy mountain road, that we drive fast, but not crazy fast. The bumpy dirt road we drive at a speed that smooths out the bumps, about 20mph. Any thoughts on our broken sway bars?

6th May 2008, 08:58

Accually the 02 vue has 2 fuel pumps I had one replaced in 05.

Also, you might want to have that VTi transmission checked out. They go bad and it is a major Saturn problem. I just had mine fixed for 4700.00 and no help from Saturn what so ever!!!

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 46 reviews