I am so glad to have found this review page.
My 2003 VUE, which is a limited edition Yellow sport package, has been nothing but a nightmare.
I bought the car, paid it off last year of 2008 so I have now had this vehicle over 6 years.
It has been nothing but headaches and is a nightmare. I used my extended warranty quite often every year on top of extra fees. Dealer even has paid for parts at some points because of the on going financial mess this vehicle has caused.
I have essentially re-built my VUE. Front and rear catalytic converters went within 2-3 weeks of each other (over $2000), timing belt was dried out and cracked so I had to replace it, did my major tune up at 100000.
Replaced bearings, struts, rotors, rear shoes, drums, etc. often.
Have frequent oil leaks from the same defective part on a oil separator.
Now replacing my throttle body, harness, and rear end differential. (costs $2400)
Constantly replacing the windshield spray nozzle on the driver side, because it flies off and blobs out the anti-freeze instead of sprays.
Steering wheel makes a crank like noise when turning, I have constantly had this fixed.
Moon roof rattles and the cloth is coming off. They want $300 to replace it. I figured it doesn't leak and still works, screw it cuz that's ridiculous.
Replaced the pedal throttle, and a tiny part to help my pick up when pressing the gas (can't remember what it's called, but it's a very tiny blue like box (costs about $200). I had a friend who is a mechanic find the issue, because Saturn didn't seem to notice the issue at hand to duplicate the problem, although it was quite obvious I was NOT getting pick up when taking off, considering it's a V6!!!
Rear wiper motor went bad, had to purchase a new arm/unit.
Replaced PCV hoses, serpentine belt tensioner replaced.
Door lock actuator has been replaced on one of the doors. (had gotten extremely loud and clanky because it wasn't locking and unlocking properly)