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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2003 Saturn Vue (Page 1 of 4)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,397 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue drivetrain problems

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #79

Oct 042016

Vue

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While in park, the vehicle rolled down the street and struck another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #78

Jul 012016

Vue

  • 125,000 miles
Saturn Vue 2003 has stalled while driving on multiple occasions. Has stalled doing 80 mph on hwy has stalled doing 25-30 in town. Security light comes on, power is lost to engine and when security light goes off, then the engine will start again.

- Rochelle, IL, USA

problem #77

Dec 112014

Vue

  • miles
Engine has only 52000 miles and the transmission is slipping. While driving on the street or highway the car loses power and will not go any further.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #76

Apr 052013

Vue

  • 126,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving at numerous speeds, there was a loud noise as the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on four separate occasions. The technician diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired on all four occasions, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 126,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #75

May 042015

Vue 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
I was going down the road stop at light it wouldnt move forward or reverse.

- Conway, SC, USA

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problem #74

Apr 102015

Vue

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While exiting a parking lot, the transmission made a bumping noise and failed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #73

Jan 012014

Vue

  • 190,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving at 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and jerked when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the contact unintentionally struck the key with her hand and ejected it out of the ignition while the shift lever was in drive. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V490000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Rousseau, KY, USA

problem #72

Mar 132015

Vue

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted, but failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- East Stroudsbrug, PA, USA

problem #71

Dec 152012

Vue

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While attempting to accelerate from a stop sign, the vehicle jerked forward. The contact mentioned that the vehicle failed to move. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Glauster , OH, USA

problem #70

Jun 202014

Vue

  • 106,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway when my transmission gave out and would not go. I had to pull over and tow my car from the freeway to my house.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #69

Apr 202014

Vue

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key failed to start the vehicle and could be remove from the ignition switch while the vehicle was in motion. The failure progressed. In addition, the contact mentioned that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- University Park , IA, USA

problem #68

Sep 302014

Vue

  • 138,550 miles
Hello, I am proud owner of a 2003 Saturn Vue and am the 2nd original owner. This past September when I was doing some work in the yard I had my Vue parked in the driveway.. next thing I know is that is popped out of gear(parking brake cable had broken prior to this) and it took a "minor" shot on the drivers side. Scratching the fender, turn lights, and bumper cover. The ignition has always been a little weird since I purchased it however, it make more sense know. Until I get it fixed I always keep it in reverse and now had the parking brake fixed. I would ask GM to look at, repair my ignition, as well as fixing the front of the car. It was only going a few miles an hr but this I always took great care of it and now it as that bump on the front. I will be making an appointment at the closest GM dealer to me (which happens to be almost 20miles away) to have that ignition thing fixed asap. Thanks for your understand and I look forward to doing business with GM in the future. Thank you. -[xxx] in pa information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lehighton, PA, USA

problem #67

Sep 242014

Vue

  • 132,000 miles
I was driving home going 35-45 mph and all of a sudden had no power. Managed to safely pull to the side of the road. Tried to turn car back on, put into gear and nothing happened. Had car towed to mechanic and the said I needed a new transmission. Unfortunately he didn't know I had recently purchased this vehicle ( a little over a year ago) and the transmission had been rebuilt. I put on less then 20000 miles on it when this happened.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #66

Jan 172014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 110,482 miles
I took the car to a GM dealer for routine service. Service manager said key was worn down and could be removed while not in park. Said a new key needed to be cut and they charged for it. I told the manager I never had a key wear down, and the key was on a ring with other keys, including an older car, and there were no issues with keys wearing down. Manager said there was nothing he could do about it. Sounds related to the ignition recall, so I'm concerned that the service manager was not even aware of it, and still has not contacted me about the recall. If that is not covering up the ignition issue, it is a good example of poor reporting and tracking of the issue.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #65

Apr 012014

Vue

  • 98,652 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission failed. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer of was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,652.

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #64

Sep 012014

Vue

  • miles
2003 Saturn Vue. Consumer writes in regards to transmission and key problems.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #63

Apr 222014

Vue

  • 148,381 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into drive or reverse intermittently. Also, the vehicle failed to shift out of park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 148,381.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #62

Jul 102010

Vue

  • 119,000 miles
Transmission problem: We were driving about 45 miles per hour and transmission started bucking and engine completely shut down -- was not getting any acceleration and would not go. We waited about 10 minutes and restarted the engine and continued on. Since then this problem has been repetitive through today, July 10, 2014.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #61

Sep 082012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 67,800 miles
The car would hesitate intermittently while driving and would not move forward. Also on September 24, 2012 the car would not start, just crank, eventually it did start and I took it to libertyville Chevrolet, libertyvile, ilinois, for service and they replaced the faulty ignition switch. I believe the scope of the General Motors recall should be expanded to include this make and model. I have notified General Motors and received a case number, [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Vernon Hils, IL, USA

problem #60

Mar 272014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Was driving around 45 mph and suddenly the reduced power light came on. Vehicle slowed to a stop. I turned vehicle off and restarted but transmission would not engage. I had the vehicle towed to my home where it has been sitting. I am researching how to get the tcm to communicate with the engine computer. I wrote to GM for assistance regarding the lawsuit with Saturn vehicles and they arrogantly replied back "that they are longer addressing additional communication on this subject." How arrogant!

- Manteno, IL, USA

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