NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2003 Saturn Vue (Page 2 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,002 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #49

May 092013


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the key slipped out of the ignition and caused the vehicle to shut off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000. The current mileage was 104,000.

- Burgerttstown, PA, USA

problem #48

May 042010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the key slipped out of the ignition without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage 125,000.

- Center Valley, PA, USA

problem #47

Apr 122011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that she was able to remove the key from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #46

Nov 122005


  • 35,343 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. Additionally, smoke emitted from the center of the steering wheel where the horn was positioned. The contact also mentioned that the key released from the ignition while the engine was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to locate a problem. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,343. Updated 06/10/14

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #45

Nov 182013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the low power light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would not restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the vehicle. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) that the vehicle was not included in. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 6/10/14

- London, KY, USA

problem #44

Nov 152012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Steering wheel needs to be muscled to allow key to be inserted and turned for ignition when starting. However, key easily falls out while engine is running and car is being operated.

- Lido Beach, NY, USA

problem #43

Jan 062014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


Vehicle continually dies as driving down the road at any rate of speed. The ignition switch and cylinder have both been replaced with no success. Also, new battery installed. Vehicle still continues to stall at any rate of speed.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #42

Dec 172013


  • miles
My key sometimes won't go into igniton and once it does, it sometimes falls out while I am driving or the car loses power while I'm driving. Is this problem a part of the GM recalls for 2003 Saturn ??

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #41

Feb 062014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 179,330 miles
While traveling at about 45 miles per hour, the engine stopped and there were no indicators. After safely pulling the coasting vehicle to the side of the road, I noticed that the ignition switch with key in it, had moved to the off position. This seems to be the same issue currently being addressed by GM but the 2003 Vue is not part of the recall.

- Alpine, CA, USA

problem #40

Mar 102008

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
Ignition locks up and cannot turn to start car. Can loosen up by wiggling steering wheel, gear shift or key. Has been happening for years but complaints were ignored. Now hearing about GM's ignition recall. I'm very concerned.

- Lynden, WA, USA

problem #39

Oct 272012


  • miles


Vehicle would inexplicably and without warning completely shut down, killing power to all components. Sometimes if you stopped and put it into park it would restart. Other times it would take a while. My mechanic was unable to replicate the problem. It was quite alarming and caused me to get rid of the vehicle a couple months after buying it and absorbing a substantial loss.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #38

Aug 172013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they were unable to determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Hatfield, MA, USA

problem #37

Feb 222014


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle hesitated and stalled. The contact mentioned that all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle lost complete electrical power. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 93,000.

- Joliet , IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 252014


  • 124,000 miles
We have had the car not start a couple of times. When the key is put into the ignition on our Vue the car doesn't want to turn over. After taking it to a dealer the car was found to be sending improper signals to the engine that shut off the fuel pump and wouldn't allow the car to start. It seemed that switching the key out to the second key that came with the car it was fixed but on 02/25 the same issues started again and the car will start and run fine once it decides to turn on. After seeing the recall information from GM I believe the issue we have is the precursor to they ignition issue with the other 2003-2007 models of Saturn.

- Menasha, WI, USA

problem #35

May 102011

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the car will randomly lose power, the security light blinks 3 times then the car will either regain power or shut off.

- Seminole, OK, USA

problem #34

Jun 232013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
I have a Saturn Vue 2003 someone was sitting in passenger they thought I had my car in park and they tried to open the door and when I put my car in park the passenger door wont open from inside so I went out and tried to open the passenger from the outside. I was able to open with the remote now I can't get it to open with the remote it has to do with security system.

- Whitewater, WI, USA

problem #33

Jun 152013

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
Much regret I ever purchased this Saturn Vue 2003, I left my home yesterday was left stranded in the road as the transmission started felt like skipping and when I had to stop for a vehicle coming in the road it wouldn't drive at all! wouldn't go in gear for the drive or reverse!! so someone called a sheriff. I then called a friend who had to come and push vehicle out of road traffic. This transmission was replaced in 2010 it's as if it was never done! this is my only means of transportation for work so needless to say I am out of work yesterday, and today!!! calling Saturn service at 7:30 am sure they are going to jump right on it (sarcasm). The past month the electrical will blink on and off. Then after a while of driving it goes completely out. Until the next drive then the blinking starts. I hope no one has a young new driver attempting to drive these vehicles. They are by no means safe!!! my 16 year old daughter wouldn't have been able to handle what I went through with this vehicle yesterday. It would have put a young female at risk!!! I do not have thousands of dollars to sink into this vehicle I still owe $7,000 on an undriveable vehicle. I am a homeowner with a mortgage and a single parent that work hours have been cut back drastically at work. I didn't know about the lawsuit until now I now understand why when I went to try and trade this vehicle a few months back to no avail makes sense now why no car dealer wanted this vehicle!!! everything makes sense why no one would trade! I have always been able to trade vehicles until now. This is my last GM vehicle. To say the least. I have no family here to help with my problem so I am certainly open for suggestions should someone have any"?" thanks

- Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #32

Jan 142013


  • miles
I notice the beginning of the week when I started my car the air bag light and the service engine light remained on in my vehicle. I called my mechanic immediately and he told me that seemed be be a wiring or mechanical issue with the vehicle. He stated that Saturn did have a recall on the vehicle for this issue and I needed to get a hold of someone immediately. That is why I am filing his complaint asking for immediate assistance with the critical issue with my vehicle. Please if someone can contact immediately.

- Lawrenceville , GA, USA

problem #31

Jul 042012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While returning on a trip and using the turn signal normally, there were several incidents in which the turn signal sounded like it was working at about twice the normal rate, however there was no indication that the turn lights were coming on. On one particular instance, when this happened, the turn signal got extremely warm to the touch and smoke was observed coming from the switch. There were several subsequent incidents during this trip and on subsequent days, but only the one in which the switch actually smoked (which is why I indicated a fire above). When I called Saturn (GM dealership) about this, they mentioned that a similar switch was under recall, but not this one. After having replaced the turn signal switch, I had asked if Saturn wanted the defective unit. Surprisingly, Saturn didn't seem too concerned and asked me to contact the dealership. The dealership, in turn, told me that all they could determine is that there was a problem with the switch and to contact Saturn customer service. I am quite certain that if we hadn't corrected the issue (which is difficult to describe) that a more dangerous situation could've been caused, and that this switch design is faulty and may pose a safety (thermal) concern. I have kept the old switch and will gladly provide it to NHTSA if requested to do so. I didn't feel it safe to keep using the old switch, and while the cost was rather minimal to have it replaced, I'm surprised that Saturn didn't offer to reimburse me and as I stated previously, didn't request the faulty part to be returned. I have not had any similar incidents since replacing the switch, which certainly corrected it. The part number listed on the old switch is shown as being AR339790736/22679804. In order to not cause the switch to go into the mode described above, it was best to not use the turn signal any more than possible.

- Grabill, IN, USA

problem #30

Mar 192012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
I was rear ended on March 19th in springdale Arkansas. I was parked at a stop light when a car rear ended me. The driver did not have insurance and his name was [xxx] address on the accident report was[xxx]. the vehicle was a Mitsubishi mirage license plate 551 rkz and drivers license number [xxx]. the officers name was [xxx]. I received the letter from the insurance company progressive stating that he did not have insurance. The following day after the accident on the way home my service engine light, oil light and several other lights flashed. There was a loud popping noise and black smoke came pouring out and everything shut down. I have since noticed there is a recall for this same thing but was told it is not for my specific VIN number. I am arguing with the insurance company because they refuse to repair the engine part which they said was not due to the accident. I think the impact from the wreck knocked the oil filler cap off because when the geico adjusters had the car they could not find it. I found the oil filler cap down in the front between the front of the engine and front of the car. Oil was all over the engine and seized from what the geico adjusters said. I am placing a complaint with the insurance commissioner on geico for not picking me up for road side assistance, taking to long to repair the bumper, not knowing what they are doing taking so long to be able to repair the car. They tried charging me a $500 deductible when I had uninsured and underinsured motorists and several other issues with them. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Smith , AR, USA

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