2003 Saturn VUE Reviews - Page 10 of 25

2003 Saturn VUE from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance102400 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Great riding car, except for the VTI trans

Faults:

I, like others, developed trans trouble with my VUE at 77,000 miles. I was 2 miles over the extended warranty, but my dealership cut the $600 repair cost to $200. I have the 4 cylinder FWD model, and I've had a few trips to Saturn very early on concerning trans issues. I have been fortunate with the dealership in MI with respect to them admitting Saturn has trans issues and I should approach Spring Hill on this. I agree with others that GM needs to admit this VTI is bad news and replace this trans. Guess I'm fortunate I have not stalled out, but experienced the hesitation and lack of power on a few occasions this past summer. The dealer just informed me the TFP sensor is gone in the trans, but I should call the 800# to see if Saturn will cover it. I would like to know how to find more info on this Class Action Suit?

General Comments:

I previously had a Saturn SL2, enjoyed the car and wanted a SUV. Had good luck with Saturn mechanics and that prompted my decision to buy the VUE, brand new in Nov 2002. If GM wants to keep market share, they need to correct issues or people will head to Honda and Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th August, 2007

2003 Saturn VUE 2.2 Four cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Four cylinder Automatic
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carGMC Pickup

Summary:

Overall, I am satisfied with this car, and will probably buy a new one when the time comes

Faults:

I have discovered no negatives thus far.

General Comments:

We got this car to get our 12mpg pick up off the road.

It gets 23, 24 mpg, which is consistent with two other VUE owners I know.

Comfort on a road trip is better than our previously owned '01 Bonneville - seats are easier on the back.

It has a whine or whir that I was not accustomed to hearing, but was told by one of my VUE owner friends that that is normal. It is not an obnoxious or bothersome noise.

Air conditioning works exceptionally well for a four cylinder, compared to my experience with others.

My mechanic friend said while inspecting the underside of the car on a lift, that the drive shafts on the VUE are "meatier" than most other AWDs he's seen, and will probably perform well in the snow.

It doesn't have a lot of pick up from a dead stop, but then, it's not a V8 either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2007

2003 Saturn VUE 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired36 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carToyota Sienna

Summary:

I have owned over 12 cars and this is easily the worse

Faults:

Replaced both rear wheel bearings.

Replaced both front suspension links.

Replaced Ignition Switch.

Replaced four sets of Front Brake Pads & Rotors.

Replaced rear wiper motor.

Parking/marker lights stopped working. Bad Ground.

Going up a relatively steep road, CVT transmission would often just stop. Would have to back down hill and make another try.

Sometimes when you pulled out into an intersection the car would stop momentarily and then go. Dangerous to drive in busy traffic.

General Comments:

I bought the Vue based partly on the Check rating it received by Consumer's Report in 2003. In 2004 Consumer's Report had re-rated it to one of the worse cars to buy.

I lost significant money when I had to trade it in because of it's unreliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2007

2003 Saturn VUE 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles

Summary:

Overall very pleased

Faults:

The only problem that I have right now is that the fan motor to the A/C unit doesn't work on high. It has 1,2, & 3 but when I put it on No. 4 it has stopped blowing on high. Anyone else had this problem?

General Comments:

Only complaint is that the "doghouse" is a bit confining to the drivers seat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2007

2003 Saturn VUE le 2.2 liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Stay away from the Vue and saturn

Faults:

The First VTI transmission failed at 31000 miles. Saturn replaced it with No problem. I also received a letter from saturn around the same time extending the warranty to 5yr/75000 miles. I brought the letter to the dealer who performed the work and he told me it applied to the new transmission that was just installed. The 2nd transmission started to give me problems about 8 months later. I brought it in to the dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. In the notes on the receipt it mention "monitoring the trans" a few months later I returned to the dealer complaining of it shifting roughly. they ordered an engine mount (?) and re calibrated it. I returned again a few months later and they 'fixed" the problem. well at 86000 miles total (55000 on the new trans.) it needs to be replaced again. NOW Saturn claims the warranty does NOT cover the new transmission. the New transmission had a 12 month/12000 miles warranty, which of course I am out of. they want $6000 to replace it.

They LOST a customer for life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 2007

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 93 reviews