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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,750 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 272009


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate. Upon further inspection, he concluded that the drive shaft center bearing failed. He notified the dealer and was advised by a technician that the component was on national backorder. The parts are still unavailable; therefore, no repairs have been made. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 44,000.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 212003


  • 10,000 miles
I purchased my new 2003 Saturn Vue from york pa Saturn (sutliff group) and they have patched up my 2003 Vue by replacing valves, sensors etc. On the vti transmission/transaxles 5 or 6 different times, which they well know will not fix the problem. I still experience transmission failure during extended periods of driving or times of traffic stop situations. I have experienced transmission problems from the 10,000 mile point on until this time. Does not shift properly into higher gear, still makes grinding noises while turning and accelerating and otherwise fails to operate properly. Transmission was looked at by dealer 5 times avoiding the issue of transmission replacement. Several close calls have invoked me to start a major campaign against the Saturn Corp. Saturn is now being decided in the court system (cas) the final decision should be in the next few weeks so keep checking back on this and other sites that attract lemon vehicles! all I ask is for GM/Saturn to replace my faulty drive train (engine and transmission) free of all labor and parts with the new type drive train that is in the new 2007-08 Vue or replace with a new vehicle!!! its that simple Saturn! and until this happens this transmittal will continue on to websites, public posts, flyers, in front of Saturn dealers etc. Etc... ps. I have copied just about every person and business that has exposure to intersections shopping malls etc. So tell all your friends, working colleagues, etc. Get the word out about GM/Saturn.

- Littlestown, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 092003

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Cv joints were replaced at 22000 now againat 37000 I need to replace them. Front rotors were replaced at 22000 and again at 33000 timing belt at 20000 needed replacement I replaced the main computer controller in Aug 2006. This car is a piece of crap and I will never buy a Saturn again I bought this brand new off the lot in Jan 2003 and have had major things go wrong. I also need to now replace the tires ( dullers) at 37000 because I am hydroplanng all over the place.I had a loud sound from my passenger window that took 2 years to diagnosis and repair and the rear end was recalled and the cooling fan replaced at 24000.

- Hull, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 212002

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Vibration in powertrain after firmware upgrade....

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

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