2005 Saturn VUE from North America - Comments

25th Feb 2006, 13:02

I bought a 2004 Saturn Vue in June of 2004, first day I drove it home all the windshield washer fluid had leaked out, then where you step into the car had to be glued down, then a recall, got that fixed, then front wheel bearings and now wheel bearings again. My Saturn Vue doesn't even have 14,000 miles on it yet.

I think the comment "they are great if you like sitting in service departments" was good one. When I called about the wheel bearings again, the guy tried to tell me that was "normal" that all new cars have problems and besides it is still under warranty. Well that doesn't mean I want to be driving 25 miles one way to get things fixed all the time and sit and wait.

1st Jul 2006, 21:22

I thought this string of comments was aimed at 2005s? not 04s.

21st Sep 2006, 10:45

I have an '05 Vue and my clutch just went out at 27,000 miles. In May, exactly 1 year after purchasing the Vue, a "pin" broke in the gear shifting area of the engine. I love the Vue, but I don't like being stuck on the side of the road waiting for the tow truck. I'm wondering if anyone else is having problems with their clutch prematurely.

6th Jul 2007, 14:50

My 2005 Vue (Manual, 4 cyl) recently blew out the shifter clip, so you're not the only one to have some problems here. In all fairness, though, I've got 65000 miles on it, almost all in around-town driving, so the clip got plenty of work before it died. The more aggravating problem was that the reason the clip died was the cables to the transmission (which attach to the clip) were binding up - and replacing them isn't a job I was willing to undertake, so I'm out $400 or so for that repair.

6th Jun 2008, 11:16

I have an 04 Vue that I purchased new, that I experience buyer's remorse over almost daily. I will be fair; the only thing that sealed the deal was the Honda 3.5L engine and 5 spd transmission. After owning several new GM vehicles and being fed up with replacing head & intake gaskets just outside of the warranty period, I figured I would give a Honda drive-train a try and to date it's the only aspect of the VUE I am satisfied with. The drive-train aside, the vehicle is garbage!

Where do I start... replaced all 4 tires before 30,000km, front & rear brakes 4 times in 110,000km, 2 O2 sensors, left & right wheel bearings, numerous electrical repairs (under warranty thank god) and every exterior & interior panel is either loose or rattles. I know what you are thinking, it's the way I drive and maintain the vehicle... WRONG! I am a car enthusiast and have restored and maintain several classic cars, and I take the same care in maintaining my daily driver vehicles as I do my classics.

That said I accept full responsibility for purchasing the piece of jun; my only fault is listening to my wife and not my instincts. I am just trying to prevent someone else from making the same mistake.

In closing, with junk like the VUE, GM is making it very difficult to stand behind domestic auto manufacturing.

29th Jun 2008, 08:36

I bought a 2005 Vue, used, and within 6 months of driving the transmission went out. I had it back and forth to the Saturn dealer at least 4 times to replace belts, and other parts before Saturn Corp replaced the transmission-considered to be a factory issue so it was no charge to me. That was in May of 07 now we are in June of 08 and guess what? The transmission they just replaced a little over a year ago has gone again leaving me sit at a red light on a very busy highway. Anyone else experience this issue? Of course this happened on a Saturday and the service dept was closed so now I am waiting until Monday to see what they have to say. I know it is the same exact issue as before, it sounded & acted the exact same way.

18th Apr 2009, 20:15

I bought a new 2005 Saturn Vue - and I have regretted it ever since.

The cruise control button would not turn off and I had to bring it in to be fixed - under warranty. After the warranty ran out ---- the hazard light button broke loose from the dashboard when I pushed it on. Now the button sits deep inside the dash. The dome light broke when I pushed it on and the light would not turn off. I brought it to a garage that gently reconnected it - but told me not to use the light or it will happen again. The ABS and Traction Control lights go off and on at various times without any reason (I brought it to the shop and they could not find anything). The engine light came on and I had to have the seal for the gas cap replaced. The engine light came on and a small leak was found in the evaporator system.

Now the front end makes a deafening loud whining noise between 45 mph to 50 mph. I need to get it back to the garage AGAIN!

The only thing that has worked is the engine light telling me all the things that go wrong!

19th Jun 2009, 22:44

I have a 2002 Saturn Vue, Saturn POS. Had to have ball joints replaced at 20K, tires replaced at 30K, electrical circuit board replaced at 45K, both catalytic converters totally rusted and collapsed at 68K, front wheel bearing replaced at 75K. I drove a 88 Chevy Luv and didn't have problems like this. No wonder they're going bankrupt.

11th Aug 2009, 19:19

I purchased my 2005 Saturn Vue last March used with 19k miles on it- within the initial 30 days- there was a front end ball joint problem that they auto dealer had fixed since it was still within 30 days of the purchase- I consistantly hear little backfires a few minutes after starting the car- left it at Saturn so they could try and hear the noise- of course they couldn't find anything- I"m sure once summer is over the front end noise will return- lucky me- they closed the two closest dealerships near me- now I will have to drive 35 min or so to "have things checked out" what a bummer- still owe 13k- wish I had the Mazda CX7 or 9- oh well : (

31st Aug 2009, 14:14

I bought a 2005 Saturn Vue brand new. Have gone thru several tire changes, replaced the front windshield 3 times, the seal for the gas cap turned on the engine light, and all it took was a "Saturn" gas cap, and it's very noisy driving on the highway, which where I live I drive highway all the time.

Just this weekend my daughter heard a strange noise and called us out to watch the back window breaking. When I touched a piece that had broken off, it crumbled in my hands and it is breaking from the inside out, nothing hit the window!!

5th Oct 2009, 11:49

I have a 2005 Red Line Vue... we have had zero problems with the car-save the windshield... seems we are not the only ones... the Bridgestones are unexpectedly expensive (the 5 Series Bimmer has them)... the leather drivers seat is beginning to wear at 60,000 miles... this is our second Vue - the last one had a bad seat heater, which the dealer fixed...

The real difficulty is finding a Chevy dealer to fix the car... we take ours to a Honda dealer at our expense... the Chevy dealers are jerks. A service manager actually leaned back in his chair with his hands clasped behind his head and asked-'where else ya gonna go?'... we went to a Honda dealer. Penske is right to run. Saturn is dead.

8th Sep 2010, 15:56

I purchased a 2005 Saturn Vue new from the dealership. I have now found out that the 3 compressions are not working, and I have engine problems at 133,000. Guess what, the warranty was for only 100,000. We have maintained our vehicle with oil changes. I can't believe that now I am out a vehicle, and will never buy a Saturn as a resale again.

24th Aug 2011, 01:01

I have a 2005 Saturn (Red Line) also. I had owned this when purchased with around 65,000 miles, and now have 133,000 without a problem since recently.

Chevy did have a recall with the transmission. It would have a vibration noise at about 35 to 40 miles an hour. I took it in, and they reprogrammed the transmission. A week later, it was back, so I called for an appointment, and they said they would have to replace the torque convertor at their expense, which was nice. It took the Chevy dealer over two weeks to finish my car, which really ticked me off. I drove the car home, and the next day the service light turned on, and the code was a switch for the fourth clutch in the transmission. I now take it back, but they say it was nothing they did. Funny problem in the area they were working on, huh. Cost me 125.00 for them to diagnose. They quoted me at 420.00 dollars for parts and time to fix, so I did not do that. I ordered the $65 part and took me about 20 minutes to pull out and replace. THANKS CHEVY DEALER!!!

Be aware, because if they do the convertor in your car, it will happen with yours, as I googled it, and many had same problem, but Chevy will not admit they were at fault.

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