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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,667 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 202008

Vue

  • 92,000 miles

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

Sudden, massive transmission fluid leak came into contact with hot exhaust manifold. While trying to get it off of the road after a stop, clutch failed. Managed to drive to a safer location about 1/4 mile away. So much smoke was pouring out from under the hood that I was afraid to open it. Retreated to a safe distance and called a tow truck.

- Kissimmee , FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 222002

Vue

  • miles
I had my 2002 Saturn Vue parked in a neighbor's driveway. Twenty to thirty minutes later, my car popped out of gear, backed up, turned, and rolled off an embankment, landing in between trees and onto shoulders. When I called the week before the acccident, I explained to the service department I had been experiencing problems getting my car into gear. I asked them to check that out and I also scheduled an oil change at that time. While servicing the vehichle, they told me that the gear problems had been a fluke of the Vue. Prior to that, I had no gear problems other than a noise when I shifted that I reported to the dealer in September. The dealer told me that the front axle nuts were not torqued properly. They were retorqued per bulletin 02T52. The house that my car had been parked at has a sensor in the driveway, so I know the car took at least 20-30 minutes before it popped out of gear. I reported the porblem on the morning after my accident and was told by the dealer to call the customer service center to report the problem, I have recommended that someone from the Saturn corporation come to look at my vehicle, and the scene of the accident. I believe that there is a problem with my transmission/ and perhaps the transmissions of other Saturn Vue's.

- Albrightsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 082002

(reported on)

Vue

  • miles
When coming to stops, the vehicle would surge as if being hit from behind. After the initial surge the vehicle acts like it is going to stall, stop or cut off. The problem has been looked at on several occasions. Consumer doesn't feel this vehicle is safe to operate, consumer belives this is transmission releated, however the dealer is stating it is a computer chip that is causing the problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

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