14th Jan 2008, 19:44
I bought my 2003 Saturn VUE brand new, and in the first year of owning it I had to have the rotors turned.
In the second year the rear wiper motor burned out.
Year three I found oil leaking inside on the drivers side floor mat. Brought it in to the dealer and they could not find anything wrong.
After the three year warranty was up, I have had to put new front brakes and rotors on, replace the back wiper motor again, have the front left wheel bearings replaced and four new tires. I wonder why the size of the tires are an "odd" size and they cost a fortune.
I now have a cracking noise every time a turn.
I'll never buy another Saturn VUE.
15th Feb 2008, 17:32
I have a 2003 Saturn Vue.
The driver's side window regulator works when it wants to.
A small rock chip cracked across the entire windshield.
I've replaced the rear brake light assembly. (both sides).
The steering wheel makes a horrible groaning sound every time I turn.
The fuel gauge reads FULL all the time.
The transmission slips in rainy weather (very scary).
The transmission groans like an old Army Jeep.
The service light stays on.
Sometimes the gauges flutter like I'm in the Bermuda Triangle.
Had to replace the CD player. UGH.
I have a buddy with the same car, and my list is nothing compared to what he is going through.
This will be my last Saturn, run screaming...
12th Mar 2008, 19:10
I own a 2003 Saturn Vue FWD 4cyl Automatic and have 97,000 miles on it, and she still runs great. Keep all the fluids changed and do your recommended maintenance and you shouldn't have any problems. Sure there are a lot of complaints on here, but nowhere near the millions of these that were sold.
I owned a 1995 Saturn SL2 that had 200,000 miles on it, and it still ran perfect, including A/C, until it got t-boned.
16th Mar 2008, 19:35
Very surprised by the negative mechanical reports. We have a 2003 VUE V-6 with just over 60,000 miles. We've had great luck. The original battery lasted 4 years; ironically, I was on my way to buy a new one as a precaution for upcoming summer weather when the old one died and we still laugh about that. Original tires lasted as long as they should have. Same for the original brakes. We've had two accidents, one a fairly minor one on the front end, with no resulting problems after repair. We hit a deer doing 65 m.p.h. in November and, again, it's fine (the car, not the deer). We did replace a wheel bearing two months after the accident, but I'm not sure it wasn't related to the accident. We were on vacation and had to use a body shop out of state, and I suspect they missed something, but it came too late to claim on insurance. We need a new vehicle (growing family) and have hated the fact we'll need to sell a car we've otherwise been crazy about. FYI-have been very good about routine maintenance. Service at the local (Dallas area) dealer has been good.
13th May 2008, 18:08
I have just replaced another ABS sensor on my 2003 Saturn Vue. That makes 5 sensors in 2 years. Starting at 23000 miles. The RF has been replaced 3 times and each of the rear ones once. I have been told worn harness, replaced, then this time they blame potholes. Have never had a car go through sensors like this. The VTI was a problem and replaced under warranty. The sway bar end links have also been repaired. $1500 out of my pocket to date. I like everything else about the car, but wouldn't want another. I got it because my kids have each put 100,000 miles on their sl's. No way will I keep this one that long.
19th May 2008, 17:20
OMG! Well, I also own a 2003 Saturn Vue, V-6, AWD, and have replaced the sway bars, too, recently, and now am hearing very loud noise from the front end that my brother tells me is a wheel bearing problem. My ties have been wearing badly and the car would not align. I have heard that loud groaning noise when I turn, but that one seems to have disappeared for the moment. Debating to either trade it in, or fix the wheel bearing on the front.
21st May 2008, 22:20
I too have a 2003 Saturn Vue (FWD V6) and I have had a few problems as well. Not as many as most of these posts though.
I have 54,000 miles on mine right now, and this morning my fuel gauge started acting up. I had just filled my tank yesterday (and also put in an STP Fuel additive). This morning I noticed that the tank was at 3/4 already and it should have still been full. As I drove, the gauge slowly moved toward the E mark until the fuel warning light came on. I have not been able to figure out what the problem is, but I have been able to drive the car with the fuel gauge reading at different levels throughout the day. When I bring the vehicle to a stop, the gauge goes back to E and does not change until I drive for awhile. I'm hoping that the problem is temporary because of the fuel additive and corrects itself. (Maybe the sensors are obstructed from the addative?)
The car has been relatively good thus far for me, with little annoyances like the wheel nut covers breaking, the windshield easily cracked when a small rock flew from a truck and hit it, the thermostat went out, the shocks probably need replaced ($1200), and the material that covers the radio has been peeling since the first year of having the car (probably caused by using Armorall or something).
I just paid the car off and no longer have a warranty, so I am expecting plenty more instances in the future. I would love to buy a new car, but I want to enjoy not having car payments at least for a little while.
22nd May 2008, 15:33
I have a 2003 Saturn Vue V6 AWD. I bought the vehicle brand new and about 1 year ago I started hearing rubbing noises during sharp turns. I had taken it in and was told that I needed an alignment. The problem seemed to go away for a short while, but recently the problem got worse. I took it back to the dealership and now they tell me that I need to replace my rear differential clutch assembly. Of course, my warranty is up and the repairs are going to cost $1600, which seems high. I feel like Saturn should issue a recall notice for the problem, seeing as I am hearing a lot of the same problems (some seem to be undiagnosed, but sound like the same problem I'm having).
Very disappointed, and will probably never buy another Saturn if the problem does not get resolved.
25th Jul 2008, 08:40
I own a 2003 Vue V6, automatic, that I purchased two years ago with 32000 miles on it. It now has 69,000 miles drives great, runs great, but last week it dumped all of the oil into the radiator. Apparently there is a faulty design with the engine oil cooler. Saturn has redesigned the oil cooler but no recall. $950.00 to repair at a local shop, not a dealership.