5th Aug 2009, 13:10

I also am a victim of the 2003 Saturn Vue VTI transmission failure. I bought this car used 12/07 with 70k miles. I have never had any problems with it until it hit 100k. Just found out the transmission is gone and will cost between 3-5 thousand to fix. Saturn has been of no help to me. I am a single mom and still owe more than what the car is worth now. I would like to get involved in the class action suit... does anyone have any suggestions on how to get included in that? I also will NEVER buy a Saturn again and will be telling everyone I know the same thing! Good luck to everyone.

12th Nov 2009, 19:36

I have a 2003 Saturn Vue VTI with 81,000 plus miles on it and am having problems with the transmission. I had that confirmed today, but had already been in touch with the dealership, Saturn corporate, and outside parties to have this confirmed as this is the third time I have had issues with the transmission.

The first 2 times the dealership replaced the transmission fluid and assured me that if I ever had any more problems, it would be taken care of at no cost to me. However, now, nobody can help and I have had estimates between 4 and 6 grand, which is unreasonable and just stupid, as the car blue book's for around 7300.

And, this is not a permanent fix as almost everybody has more problems down the road. There is apparently no real fix and one can only get a refurbished transmission. I am the original owner and really have liked the car even with this previous issue until now. I am quite frustrated and angry over this situation and feel that all the cars are lemons and should have been recalled.

I had also started to experience the key in the ignition problem someone noted above. Does anybody have any ideas other than to just get rid of it?

18th Nov 2009, 09:23

I own a 2003 Saturn Vue, with transmission problems. Called the recall phone number on it, and they told me that I'm over the miles that they will cover. I still need to take it into a Saturn dealer and pay for the hourly rate of 75.00 hour to tell me it is the trans. I already know that it is the transmission. I just went on the link for the class action lawsuit for the Saturn GM, and also added the link for others.


As for the key issue, I have that as well going on with my Vue. I had to have a number of keys made to resolve the issue.

29th Apr 2010, 08:39

I have a 2003 Saturn Vue. Love my car; actually bought another 2009. I am having issues however with the car hesitating from a stopped position. Doesn't happen all the time. Never know when it is going to happen. May go a month without it happening. Then will do it for a week or 2 steady. Stop at a light or after parking the car and it will just stop moving forward. Not the transmission slipping, just like the gas is cut off to car, but it keeps running. Anybody have this happen and have any ideas how to fix? klauer@zoomtown.com

2nd Jun 2010, 14:17

I purchased my 6-cylinder 2003 Saturn Vue new. I had never had any problems with it until just before it turned 60k miles a couple of months ago. Apparently due to an engine design flaw for this model, the coolant leaked into the oil, causing the head gaskets to blow. Four-thousand dollars and seven weeks later, I was finally back on the road. The other morning at 5:00 a.m., I again became stranded due to a chain of events that turned out to be a problem with the alternator. I'm still reeling from the first unexpected expenditure and now this!! Upon reading other comments, I guess now I can expect the tranny to go out. If that happens, I'm without a vehicle. Period. What a lovely lemon!

13th Jun 2010, 22:49

I bought my 2003 saturn Vue AWD 6cyl new. It ran great, then at 10k the alternator went bad. Every 7-12 months I have to buy new tires (800), no one will give me warranty on tires. I bought an ignition switch at 30k. Then there was a recall for rear suspension. The locks started acting up at 61k after 60mo/60k extended warranty ended, and now at 100k the transmission just went out! Now I'm going to check on that 125k GM Extension.

16th Jun 2010, 21:05

I have a 2003 Saturn VUE. It had transmission problems, and it was replaced. Less than 50,000 miles later it went out again, and they said they would pay 30% of the cost of a replacement. My part would be about $5,000. The car was worth about $2000. I suggested they buy it from me for $5000, they laughed. I'm one of the lucky ones because my car is at least paid for. What a lemon!

24th Sep 2010, 22:36

Thank you all for posting your comments.

I was thinking about purchasing a used 2003 4cyl automatic Saturn Vue, but not now!