2005 Saturn VUE Reviews - Page 2 of 6

2005 Saturn VUE AWD 3.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Own a 2005 3.5 AWD V6 and have to say nothing has gone wrong.... love the car....

Have read some comments on here and have to give my head a shake and laugh... Read one guy was going to get charged $1500 for a timing belt... LOL. Where I live Saturn charged me $399 and Honda would have charged me $599... so I don't know where you're getting your prices...

And by the way, the 3.5 engine in Saturns 2004 and up are Hondas!.... What a joke! It's a good idea to shop around.... every car will have problems, but sometimes I think people blow the situations out of proportion... you're not buying a Mercedes Benz or BMW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2009

2005 Saturn VUE AWD 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired400 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Not reliable and a waste of money

Faults:

The VTI transmission has gone out three times and has had to be replaced three times. Then the suspension went out soon after the third time.

General Comments:

The car is roomy and drives well. However, the reliability and performance of the vehicle is very poor. They stopped production of the VTI engine in February of 2004, but still continued to put them in the 2005 models, knowing they would fail.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2009

2005 Saturn VUE 2.2L gas from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2L gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance45800 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

Would not buy again. Value for money. The VUE is cheap, both price wise and quality wise

Faults:

- rear wiper blade replaced at 20 K and 40 K.

- front wipers replaced by dealer EVERY oil change (finally just got generic blades which last much longer)

- seat covers are poor quality and will stain by just thinking about it.

General Comments:

- comfortable seating - especially rear passenger area.

- location of the door locks is odd - after 45000 Km I still reach for the door area.

- poor visibility despite the large front windshield. The support bars are very large and block a lot of your view when looking left or right.

- ventilation system does not work well in winter. Windows will fog and ice up at cold temperatures. Air flow vents are poorly designed. Dealer advised me to "turn on the air conditioning to clear the frost". Sure... at -30, I'm going to turn on the ac!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2008

11th Mar 2008, 15:53

Wow. You have high standards considering your car had virtually no problems except for wiper blades, which are replaced on every car as far as I know.

2005 Saturn VUE V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carSaturn SW

Summary:

Great car - lots of fun to drive

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great car. No problems.

Saturn service is so superior that I don't even mind taking it back to the dealership for servicing. I never did that when I owned my Chrysler or Nissan.

This is my 2nd Saturn, and I love the car and the experience of buying, owning and maintaining them. They make things easy.

My 2005 Vue is a really fun car to drive. It's a little squirrelly on tight turns, but that's more of an SUV problem than a specific model problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

2005 Saturn VUE Manual- 5speed from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual- 5speed Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Good Car--- except for the transmission and related issues

Faults:

I bought my Saturn VUE NEW from the dealership with only 35 miles on the car. The first problem was 9,000 miles and only 5 1/2 months of ownership. I could not shift in to reverse, it would only go forward while trying to get in to reverse. Apparently it was some type of clip from the cables to the transmission.

At 19,000 miles the slave cylinder, clutch, and plate went out WHILE I WAS DRIVING at 60 miles an hour, 45 miles from the nearest dealership, at 12 noon on a Sunday in Texas at 100 degrees, with my two children in the car. I called roadside assistance, they came and towed us back to Tyler. I was in a hotel for 2 1/2 days waiting for parts. They did loan us a vehicle to use.

At 20, 000 miles when I got back to Austin the clutch kept slipping out between 3 and 4th gears. I took it back in to Saturn and the entire Transmission had to be replaced at only 20,000 miles.

At 35,000 miles the clip holding the muffler had to be replaced.

At 44,000 miles we tried to take it in to a Saturn dealership in NM and they told us that they only saw cars "by appointment", and refused us service unless we wanted to leave the car with them for a few days & they might be able to get to it. They would not give us a loaner. The problems we were wanting service for was the massive wind noise from the front doors, and great difficulty shifting, especially in to reverse.

At 46,000 miles WHILE I WAS DRIVING, at 6:15 A.M. on a very busy road, 35 deg. outside, in the dark, WITH MY CHILDREN, the shifter cables went out and I lost all ability to shift. We were AGAIN 5 feet from being rear ended.

I had bought the extended warranty to 60,000 miles, but roadside assistance expired at 36,000. They were going to charge me for towing. The Saturn Dealership signed for the towing, and gave me a rental. They said that the shifter cables are not covered under the warranty & I will need to pay the $500.00 repair.

The interior is fine, plenty of room for my 6 ft husband, me, and two boys, but every little thing stains the seats. If raindrops get on the seats there are water marks that do not fade.

General Comments:

When the car is not having issues somehow related to the transmission it is a very comfortable ride.

When you are completely under the initial warranty (under 36,000 miles) you get great service, loaner car, etc.

Even with the Extended Warranty not everything is covered, and the customer service isn't so great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

28th Nov 2007, 00:26

You don't mention if your Vue has the V-6. I'm guessing it does and therefore it has the Honda drive train, which is notoriously problem-prone. Next time opt for a more reliable vehicle with an all-GM drive train.

The GM SUV's such as the Trailblazer and Envoy have extremely smooth and very reliable drive trains. Our 2003 Envoy has 60,000+ miles now and has never had one single problem.

Don't write off a great GM car like Saturn because of their unwise decision to use a less than reliable Honda engine and transmission in one of their vehicles.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 21 reviews