2003 Saturn VUE Reviews - Page 18 of 25

2003 Saturn VUE 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carChevrolet TrailBlazer

Summary:

Plenty of power for an econo sized SUV

Faults:

Some minor issues:

Rear doors squeak when opening

Interior - Front seat cushion cover edge became loose.

Starts hard sometimes.

General Comments:

This is a great car and fun to drive. We decided on this after 2 months of serious anal (Engineer) searching. We were looking for 1-2 year old used and low step in height, but... We started with the Trailblazer, but it was too hard to get into and too pricey. The next option was a Pathfinder, but I couldn't find anyone that wanted to sell me one!!! Living in Michigan there are not that many to search from either. We "stumbled" upon the Vue and after looking at a used one decided on a NEW one. The price was great and MUCH less than a 1-2 year old Pathfinder or Trailblazer. We love this car and are so glad to stay in the GM (Saturn) family.

Favorite Features:

3.5L V-6 is gutsy and the 5-speed transmission provides great fuel economy

Ample leg room (I am 6'3" and needed more room than most vehicles provide).

Low step in height (2-3 in less than most).

The backseat windows go all the way down.

Now after 11,000 miles we still love the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2004

2003 Saturn VUE from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Great little SUV

General Comments:

I love how it rides, but I wish the seats were more comfortable and there were more storage compartments up front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

2003 Saturn VUE 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance16500 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Great car if you don't mind service departments

Faults:

When I first bought and drove my used 2003 Saturn Vue I noticed right off the bat that there was a bad shudder and popping noise in the front end. Dealer replaced front ball joints and flushed the transmission.

The shudder returned with a vengeance, then the transmission gave up all together, with the "Reduced Power" idiot light coming on. This really made me start to think that the Vue was becoming a candidate for the Lemon Law. Dealer replaced the automatic transmission after I showed the salesman a service bulletin from Alldata, a great source for automotive information. The bulletin plainly showing the majority of problems reported being in the transmission and drive line on the Vues.

One month later I receive a letter form Saturn stating a free warranty on all VTi transmissions for 75K miles. Glad I already blew my money on an extended warranty through the dealer.

Still on "take off" there is a shudder in the front end, but I can live with it as long as it doesn't get any worse.

Also at highway speeds the car/truck seems to handle "loosely" which makes me a little anxious to get on the highway sometimes.

One mystery sound I have been having is a large clunk on the right side every once in while, and it really makes you jump when it happens. I haven't brought that to the dealer's attention yet, but I am thinking about taking it back in for some more work.

General Comments:

Other than what I stated previously, the Vue is a very comfortable to drive and ride in. The performance and gas mileage are really good for the size and weight of the car. The price is unbeatable in the SUV market, but I think they cut too many corners to do it. One last note, SUV stands for Sport Utility Vehicle, am I right? In the owners manual it states that it should not be taken off-road for any means, so doesn't that take out the "Sport" and make it a "UV" then?

This is the fourth Saturn we have owned, and still wished we had our 1998 Saturn Wagon. The wagon got wrecked and the repair shop did a shoddy job so we traded it in for a newer L series Wagon, and now have the Vue. Well, that's my review, good luck to all Saturn owners, and remember that Saturn issued a warranty on all VTi transmissions. Thanks!!

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

Review Date: 28th July, 2004

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