2003 Saturn VUE Reviews - Page 15 of 25

2003 Saturn VUE AWD V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance28980 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Would not buy another Saturn

Faults:

Both windshield washer nozzles fell out and had to replace entire nozzle.

Front wheel bearings went dry and had to be replaced @ approximately 13,000 miles.

Selector switch for Heater vents had to replaced when it locked into one position.

Rear carrier bearing had to replaced at 28,900 miles. It was loose and noisy.

Rear lateral link suspension piece had to replaced per recall.

Lost BCM computer, had to be replaced. Had no gauges, or lights or power steering, or interior lights.

Gas gauge quit working in frigid temps. Replaced sending units in tank.

Had a squeaky steering shaft boot that had to be relubed.

ABS brakes system malfunctioned. System was pulsing on every stop, when it didn't really have too. Unresolved at this time.

General Comments:

This car must have been a Monday or Friday model.

It's just been one thing after another with it.

Service has been quick and polite from dealer, but good service doesn't compensate for a crap product!

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

Review Date: 7th April, 2005

26th Apr 2005, 10:24

Sorry don't think the reason was that it was made on a Mon or Fri. Problems you're having are shared by many. This car is a LEMON, no way in mincing words. This car could turn out to be the LADA of the new century and imagine it came from a GM company (better sell my shares). I have owned a 2003 for 16 months now and have had the following problems:

- right windshield fluid dispenser flying off during high way drive

- all 4 door weather stripping warping and having to be replaced

- clear coat on right rear quarter panel pealing around gas tank, repaired now pealing near window

- cargo holder hooks popped out of holes in hot weather replaced (let's hope the hold)

- horn engaging and unable to disengage not once, but twice, dealer claims faulty module (it's a horn get it right for crying out load, they've been around for decades)

- groaning in steering column while turning right resulted in defective strut (replaced)

- unable to get the silly thing to move in the slightest of slippery conditions due to the transmission, dealer claimed drivers ability, however, a software recall was made 2 months latter (I guess a lot of poor drivers out there forced GM to help us drive)

- since the transmission fix (software) there has been intermittent smells of burning rubber from below (possible images of future problems??)

Okay so they aren't life threatening, but they are annoying and I did fork out 30m with all the extra's and taxes, these problems aren't to be expected and judging from the other comments we aren't alone. Get rid of your Vue as soon as you can, if you were considering buying one, don't, look at the Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson or Honda CRV.

2003 Saturn VUE from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Don't buy it!

Faults:

Saturn should inform you when purchasing the car that it requires a special filter for your oil changes. Who ever heard of spending $38 on an oil change?

When the weather is inclement, the car is unable to drive up my steep driveway. This AM, I tried to put the car in reverse and back up the hill and it refused to move! So much for AWD!

Previously, the steering wheel would shake when driving and they replaced some parts and fixed that problem. I would never buy again from them.

General Comments:

The horn is weak and in an awkward place... by the time I find it, I don't need it anymore.

It is ridiculous that the overhead light can only be turned on by manually reaching back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2005

2003 Saturn VUE 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Will never own another Saturn

Faults:

When the car was 3 months old I begin to have trouble. It would hesitate while in traffic. It now dies when driving in stop and go traffic. It will not shift into gear and the check engine and battery light come on. It has been in 6 times for the problem. They fixed something with the transmission the first two times. Now they have fixed the gas pump and a wiring that was not grounded. I think they are pulling at straws now. One week later it occurred again. This has been going on for a year and a half. Once the vehicle cools down for about 30 min. it will start again. Is anyone else having this problem?

General Comments:

Saturn needs to stand by its products. What happened to its wonderful customer service reputation.

When I contacted the corporation they told me:1) how do we know it really happens. 2) if you don't like the service take it elsewhere. Not much help from them.

How can they justify letting someone drive off in a vehicle that is so unreliable and unsafe?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2005

15th May 2005, 20:15

I work at a Saturn Dealership. We DO stand by our products 100%. Here's what you can do:

1. get the service manager to print a copy of your service history.

2. make an appointment to speak with their GM

He/she SHOULD help you out to work toward replacing your vehicle.

28th Jul 2005, 15:10

I have also had this problem with my 2003 Saturn Vue and the computer sensor had to be replaced. Maybe that is your problem also. The dealership knew exactly what it was and replaced it right away.

27th Aug 2005, 12:00

IF you have a VTI transmission I would guess it explains your stalling and not going into gear. The transmission is a lemon and Saturn knows it. We just had to have ours replaced in July after 40K miles. The Trans is covered 100 % if you have the VTI which I would guess you have.

11th Jun 2006, 14:41

SO far I have owned two Saturn Vues and have had no such problem with either one of them maybe you bought a LEMON.

8th Aug 2006, 21:19

Saturn is the biggest blunder? I have had my 1999 Saturn since the day it was born and I now have over 110,000 miles on it and have virtually done no maintenance. It is unbelievable. Also, every problem that I have ever had, SATURN has done everything to fix it. Their service has been exceptional.

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