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NHTSA — Engine Problems

1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,330 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2002 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 182016

Vue

  • 146,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My car seized up while going down the road I could barely turn or push on the brakes! thankfully I had just left work so I was only doing 10 mph. I took it to a mechanic whom said the timing chain went out, and that with that type of motor a V6 that it most likely bent the valves and id have to get a new engine!!! im curious if this happens often"???"

- Fredonia, KS, USA

problem #12

Jun 302015

Vue

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Saturn Vue. While driving 45 mph, the timing chain failed and the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle did not restart. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence where an independent mechanic diagnosed that the timing chain fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Mount Sterling, KY, USA

problem #11

May 082015

Vue

  • 145,000 miles
Loss of power and eventually just stopped running. Towed it home. Suspected timing chain. Took off valve cover and tc cover. Noticed that black plastic guide was broken in main pieces and must have been for some time, for chain wore into some bolts and cover. Chain looks brand new and no issues with it. Replaced all timing components (two sprockets, chain, guide, tension arm, tensioner, cam sprocket, etc)., but it would not start. Checked compression (0 psi at all cylinders), double checked timing and was correct. Roller rockers were loose when cam is not pressing on them, so suspect all valves are bent. Fix is to rebuild the "head". I presume that if the black plastic chain guide did not break, it would not have gotten out of time and bent valves. The recall should not be on the timing chain but the plastic guide that is used for the timing chain. Had this part been metal, this would not have happened. Have picture to send if needed.

- Hartville, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 252015

Vue

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The timing chain ruined the entire engine as a result of the chain tensioner failing from lack of oil being applied. Apparently as soon as I heard the clanging sounds it was too late. I am buying a whole new engine which has replaced the oiling mechanism that was faulty in the 2002-2003 models of the Saturn Vue.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #9

Jul 032013

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving on a road with a 50 mph limit when the engine shut off. I lost all power to the car and thankfully was able to steer it into the drive way of a business on that road. There were no recalls on my car at that time and there still are no engine recalls on this car despite the other recalls where the exact same thing happened. The local dealer said I had a bad sensor in the engine and charged me over $400 to fix. I am lucky to have survived the incident and charging me was wrong.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #8

Mar 142011

Vue

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the repairs were unknown. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 141,000. D

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #7

May 142014

Vue

  • 67,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel as the vehicle stalled for a brief moment. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the reverse wave plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 67,000.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 072014

Vue

  • 91,000 miles
Car will stall at various speeds, sometimes will completely die or will go off for 10-30 seconds, turning signals will occasionally work but will go out. No codes will show up when tested, so the cause is unknown.

- Andersonville, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 282013

Vue

  • 50,000 miles
I bought this AWD 2002 Saturn June 28 2013 from Toyota nation in buena park and even within 3 hrs of owning the car it quit working so I had it towed back I had traded in my 2010 Chevy cobalt that only had 25K miles on it anyhow I ve had ignition replaced I had some other things spent almost $1000 already I cant get dealership to fix it last I replaced BCM and still not working right I ll be driving 45 mph and poof security light flashes I loose gas and it dies I live im mountains scary as heck with my kids im single parent pls help.

- Crestline, CA, USA

problem #4

May 012012

Vue

  • 110,000 miles
Electrical system starting to act up (every dashboard light comes on) causing the vehicle to lose power and stall while driving. Steering power was lost and brakes became very soft. Happens at random speeds from 20mph and up to 65mph. Very scary! I have a child and I couldn't get my hazard lights to come on until the electrical calmed down. Was nearly rear-ended multiple times with a child in the vehicle. Finally had to replace the throttle body on the vehicle which is very expensive.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 202012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had problems since I bought the vehicle. Shocks, struts, rear suspension, brakes, electrical, oil has been either leaking or burning to the existent I put some in everyother day because it is low, the sway bar and the steering column, the transmission and drive train, and the timing chain. There are many other unsafe issues I have had and I have brought it to their attention from day one because I have a beautiful daughter, but he refused to do anything to help me. It finally broke down on me and now I am without a vehicle.

- Dayton, WY, USA

problem #2

Jan 142013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 68,285 miles
While driving down street engine stopped. Repair shop said that timing chain broke and it should have not happened on car. I checked on recalls and there were recalls on this problem for 2001 engines! this is unacceptable that this problem was not resolved! GM should be responsible for this failure! almost $3000 later my car will be fixed! please help?

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Sep 092012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
When operating at any speed the vehicle will shut down and steering braking and all control is lost' this constantly happens.

- Las Vegas, NM, USA

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