2004 Saturn VUE Reviews - Page 6 of 10

2004 Saturn VUE AWD 3.5L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7600 miles
Previous carSaturn VUE

Summary:

Great Value, If your looking for something to tackle more than the urban jungle I wouldn't recommend

Faults:

- Noise from the steering column.

- Speakers rattle the doors at low levels.

- Annoying rattle from overhead side airbags.

- loud noise from engine when starting.

I'm planning on taking the car in to have these issues serviced later this week. When I mentioned the speakers the dealership informed me that there is a plastic piece separating the exterior panel from the interior. They offered to add some padding, but I prefered that they not take the door apart and create new noise issues. Overall the Saturn service department is very helpful, but I'm not happy with the amount of noises that are developing in a car with under 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car the quickest SUV off the line for the price. You can't get more power without paying considerably more. The thing handles almost like a sports car. It performs well in all kinds of weather including blizzard conditions and deep snow. Much better than my buddies brand new Landrover Freelander.

Although the vehicle has performed well in all kinds of road conditions I would not trust it off the pavement. There is not enough clearance and I feel as if the car would quickly fall apart if pushed to hard offroad. I find myself missing my rugged Isuzu Rodeo when driving onto construction sites as I have to for my career.

The interior however does not reflect the purchase price. Saturn needs to rethink the over use of plastic. As I stated before I've noticed many noises developing throughout the interior.

Overall I would say the car looks sharp and offers great performance for the price. If I were in the market again I would probably spend a little more to get something with a nicer interior, less exterior plastic, and higher ground clearance. Maybe 4runner or Pathfinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

23rd Dec 2005, 23:05

Because the Vue is built with unit-body construction, like a car, I don't believe it was ever intended for off road use.

2004 Saturn VUE FWD 2.2 gas from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Hard to beat for the price.

Faults:

No problems so far, and I have the same engine as my two previous reliable Saturns.

General Comments:

This is my third Saturn, so I may be a bit biased. But, when shopping for a new car, I had 3 criteria and applied it to 3 makes: Jeep Wrangler, Pickup Truck, and Saturn VUE.

My criteria were: good economy, low cost of ownership, and 8" of ground clearance (I am off road in the TX hill country most weekends).

The VUE is much less expensive than the Wrangler, and much less expensive to maintain using my Wrangler owning friends experience as a comparison, and gets twice the fuel economy.

Compared to a PU truck the VUE is about the same price, but gets about 10 mpg better mileage, and rides much better.

If safety is a big concern, get the side impact air bags.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2005

2004 Saturn VUE AWD 3.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120 miles
Most recent distance3200 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Love this car!

Faults:

I've had my 2004 V6 AWD for 4 months with no problems.

General Comments:

Great roomy pretty car. Must drive to appriciate. Super in the snow and ice. I would recomend the advanced audio option. It pumps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2005

2004 Saturn VUE AWD V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

The best bang for my buck!!

Faults:

Nothing! Oh wait, I had a rear door freeze, it was -30'C.

General Comments:

The power is what I enjoy the most with my Vue. The ride is quiet and reasonably smooth. The seats are comfortable and supportive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2005

2004 Saturn VUE 3.5L 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5L 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired134 miles
Most recent distance10384 miles
Previous carDodge Durango

Summary:

Very affordable, a lot of car for the money, however, serious safety concerns have now been raised

Faults:

Problem with rear axle in reverse. Dealer recall.

I paid extra for side impact curtain airbags, and they did not deploy when I felt they should. Which causes me to ask: Just how much force is required to set these airbags off? Is a multi-rollover accident not enough?

Roll over accident (2.5 times). Side curtain airbags did not deploy. Front driver, and front passenger airbags did not deploy.

General Comments:

This car performed admirably.

The manufacturer set self imposed recalls to address safety concerns.

I had plenty of room, and the cabin was very efficient.

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

Review Date: 8th February, 2005

9th Mar 2005, 15:06

I would suggest you check with Saturn. My parents rolled a Jeep Limited and had the same issue. After some research we learned that it is not uncommon for airbags to not deploy during a rollover regardless of the vehicle. Somehow you would think this would be exactly when they intended them to work.. Who knows…

As a note I love my AWD V6 2004 Vue. My only complaint is problems with the quality of work done by my local Saturn service department.

11th Mar 2005, 08:10

I think the air bags are for an intrusion type impact. Roll-overs are nothing like getting broad-sided by a concrete truck.

16th Mar 2005, 16:35

Side Airbags are not made to deploy in rollovers. The only ones I know of that do that is the "Safety Canopy" system in Ford Motor Company (Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Mazda, Jaguar, Volvo...) Vehicles which detects an impending rollover and deploys them. I saw an Expedition in front of me get broad-sided at ~60MPH, skid, hit a curb and roll and the people inside got out fine, thanks in part to the airbags.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 35 reviews