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NHTSA — Steering: Column Problems

3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,750 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Saturn Vue steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152007

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

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

2002 Saturn Vue (42000 miles): Noticed rumbling sound and vibration coming from area of rubber boot where steering column enters floor board. Applied lubricant and this temporarily corrected the problem but it soon returned. Dealer claims steering column is bad and need replacement - $1000+ for parts and labor.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #3

Sep 102005

Vue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Whenever the steering wheel is turned it makes a noise and seems to vibrate the vehicle. It has not yet failed, but is very worrisome.

- Colo Spgs, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 082004

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Dirt supposedly got in my steering wheel case and has damaged a coil, now my horn barely works and my air bag is at risk. Saturn will not repair without a cost of $378 and the car is 2yrs old only this month. I drive the car back and forth to work with the air on..and dust in the case puts my life in danger without the possibiity of an airbag.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #1

May 122002

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have also found a metal clanking sound coming from the front driver┐'s side of the vehicle when shifting the car out of park, or reverse. It still continues to have problems between the speeds of 12 to 30 mph, again the problem presents itself mostly when the vehicle is coasting and losing momentum. The vehicle would be slowing down without any aid of braking of any kind and as the vehicle would attempt to down shift, it would sometimes make a clanking noise, or buck, or in the most extreme cases completely stall out. Also the wiper sprayers have broken twice, and the dealer expects them to break again.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

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