3rd May 2007, 20:00
I'm not sure if I wish I'd read this before I purchased a used 2003 VUE or not. So far the car is a dream, it's got 39.000 miles on it and looks and runs like it was brand new. I have a cousin that has a 2000 Saturn (not a VUE though) she has over 120,000 miles on her car and has nothing, but good things to say about it. She's the main reason I decided on purchasing a Saturn. If anyone has anything nice to say about their VUE, I'd sure like to hear it.
4th Jun 2007, 12:55
I have an '03 V6 AWD Vue with 99,000 miles. I tow with it, so it has had a harder life than most. I had a few of the same problems discussed here while under warranty - rear differential, steering creak, warped front rotors. Since out of warranty I diagnosed and replaced a crankshaft sensor, replaced warped rotors again, and now have the ABS light coming on sometimes. I had the gas gauge issue, but easy fix with Techron Fuel Injection Cleaner. The driver seat warmer no longer works, but it is summer, so who cares? Overall I have had it good with this vehicle. I don't know what is triggering the ABS light. I have checked the alternator, battery and wiring, all appear fine. On the positive, I like the way the car handles and the lack of oil burning. It has been an inexpensive car with no big bills yet. I use Mobil 1 oil and tranny fluid, maybe that helps. I would buy another, but bring it in for every detectable problem while under warranty. I have a '96 SL2 with 212,000 miles and it has been virtually maintenance free.
14th Jun 2007, 17:39
I bought new a 2006 Saturn Vue about 10 months ago. The ignition gets stuck from time to time and it typically takes 5 to 10 minutes of trying to crank the key to get the car started. I called Saturn Customer Assistance to see about getting it fixed because my car is under warranty. The only way it would be covered by warranty is if the car was towed to the nearest dealership (3 hours away). This would be all fine and good except for the fact that Saturn wouldn't pay for a rental car for me to use while my new car, which should turn on, was in service. Also, I would be responsible to go pick up my car after the service was completed. All in all it will cost less for me to get this fixed myself than to pay for a rental car and the trip to pick up my car. This experience is too bad because I do like the Saturn Vue, but I will probably not by a Saturn again.
15th Jul 2007, 12:02
I have a 2003 Vue. Very satisfied and have had no repairs done until I hit the 100k mile mark. Now there is an extremely loud roar from the front end. Have recently had it to the dealership and had the sway bars replaced. No change in loud noise. Guess I'll have to take it back again for the experimental look. Also, does anyone else have a lot of trouble driving this in heavy rain?? Can barely climb hills without the front tires spinning when there's water on the road. Tire are so-so, but not that bad. Weight seems a little light in the front.
4th Sep 2007, 16:02
I have had a 2003 awd v6 since new. I have had to replace the front rotors (after-market, no warping since), front wheel bearing, hazard switch (yep, it fell in), and the rear center seat belt. I also had the rear differential "wub" noise that I fixed by changing the fluid to royal purple (really quiet now!)
I too bought a Saturn based upon my own previous experience, but now regret the decision. I have a 9 yr old Honda CRV that has had NO issues beyond normal wear and tear.
18th Sep 2007, 22:04
I bought a 2003 AWD 4 cyl VUE off a used car lot. The VUE looked nice and the price was right. After driving 3 months, the transmission quit. After sitting for a day, the transmission worked again. I drove it to my nearest Saturn dealership, which is an hour away, and they said, "Sir, your transmission is shot. I don't know how you drove this over here." Praise the Lord, Saturn had extended the warranty on the transmission. The dealership put a new transmission in. Now the fuel gauge is not reading right. After reading all the problems with this year model, I wish I never had fallen in love with my blue vue. Now it is causing the blues. I am going to find a way to get rid of it, but I owe too much on the loan.
2nd Nov 2007, 11:45
I purchased a used 2003 Saturn Vue in March of 2006. It's the AWD V6 model, and I got it with 100,000 km (60,000 miles). At that time we had a new born and a 2 year old, so we were looking for a bigger vehicle than my 2 door Cavalier. The price was right, and we THOUGHT we had heard good things about Saturn. Boy was I wrong on that. Let the list begin:
1) Not 2 months after owning the vehicle, I come out to see the driver sideview mirror cracked (I have no idea why, the best I can come up with is that it was windy that night).
2) A month after that, I am driving down the highway, a truck spits up a pebble, hits the passenger side of the windshield, cracked it half way across the windshield. No chip, it was an instant crack.
3) At about 6 months, riding home from work, out of nowhere the truck starts sounding like a Nascar. I pull over and check the exhaust and didn't see anything. Take it in and turns out a pipe at the front manifold has cracked, they give me two choices: replace it ($1100.00) or weld it ($150.00). Gee which one did I take (the latter). No problem since.
4) 3 WEEKS after that, I am driving with my wife and two kids. The engine service light starts flashing, the car loses power and barely idles. I give it a night, try it again, same thing. take it in, Cylinder spring broken. Luckily, it's covered under the extended warranty, but still was around $1000. And it was still a fight to get it covered under warranty.
4 a) To top it off, after about 4 months I receive a bill in the mail from Saturn because their accounting dept messed up and still owed more to the warranty company, and they tried to stick me with it. Well I told them where to stick it and haven't heard back since.
5) And now (Oct 07), I have another issue; the tail latch is broken and needs replacement. Another $450 to fix.
Are you kidding me? I will NEVER buy a Saturn, let alone a GM vehicle. It's no wonder people are switching to foreign when you get nothing but pieces of garbage from domestic vehicles.
**** you Saturn.
DO NOT BUY A SATURN VEHICLE OF ANY KIND. THIS IS YOUR WARNING!!!