2003 Saturn VUE 6 cylinder from North America
Overall, I like the Vue very much
I have had a bad grinding noise coming from my Vue whenever I turn left or right. I have taken it in once, but the noise has come back. It appears to be a common problem with Vue's. Has anyone out there had the same problem fixed on their Vue? I do not really trust the dealership to do what needs to be done to fix it correctly especially if it is under warranty and it is expensive to fix it.
I would like to mention that the gas mileage was lousy (17 mpg) for the first 8000 miles, but has since improved to near the advertised mileage rate of 25 mpg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th August, 2003
25th Nov 2003, 20:50
It sounds as though we are all driving the same vehicle.
Our VUE is just a year and two weeks old and has almost 60,000 Km (almost 40,000 miles) and our gas mileage has been very disappointing. Between 8.5 to 10 km/litre. We have had problems with very poor heating and air circulation to clear side windows. It is as though the recycle function is on and yet the dealer has checked and states it is not. It takes over 45 minutes to clear the windows enough to see the outside mirrors. We have also had a loose heat shield on exhaust; suspension and steering problems, fuel tank and sender unit, sun roof sticking from excess glue or tar, and now the chain in the transmission has broken and scattered pieces throughout the case.
Our dealer has been great. Service and Sales have been helpful and have tried to make the repairs the least intrusive as possible. The problem is, that any repair that puts your car in the shop for any extended time is very inconvenient.
As a final note, our VUE is a four cylinder, front wheel drive, automatic and it is a lovely vehicle to drive. Lots of room, but very disappointing after driving a Mazda Protege for ten years and putting half a million Km on the it without any significant problems. In fact still had the original clutch when it was finally retired.
22nd Apr 2004, 13:48
I have a 2002 Vue and I regret ever buying it. My A/C went out then the interior console started to peel. I also had the squeaking noise that I was told was the steering column (or boot) and it was lubricated. No noise since. Have a vibrating noise that comes from the driver's side defrost area (near the VIN plate). Sounds like a cricket and gets very annoying, but just like a cricket, it shuts up when anyone else gets around it. I am currently dealing with bearing and brake rotor issues. Too bad my warranty expired at 36k and I am at 44k. The service departments have been great and have gone out of their way to be sure that I have a loaner or something to drive. I used to love this truck... now I regret ever owning it (and recommending it). Next stop, Car Max or a Lemon Law lawyer.
15th Oct 2004, 10:58
I purchased a 2004 Saturn Vue on Sept 20,2004. My gas mileage has been averaging 18.9 MPG as opposed to the advertised 24 city and 29 hwy for the five speed transmission. I like the vehicle overall, but, the gas mileage was a primary factor in my decision to purchase the vehicle. Is there anything I can do about this? Thanks for your input. Jason.