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NHTSA — Engine Problems

2003 Saturn Vue (Page 1 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,738 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jul 012016

Vue

  • 125,000 miles

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

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 #25

May 202016

Vue

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact heard an abnormal sound when attempting to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the timing chain fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Monticello, NY, USA

problem #24

Aug 122015

Vue 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving various speeds, smoke emitted from underneath the hood area. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road and inspected the vehicle. The contact noticed that oil leaked from the engine valve cover onto the exhaust manifold. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who confirmed the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 02/05/16 the consumer stated the vavle cover gasget was replaced. Updated 02/16/16

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #23

May 302015

Vue

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart after five attempts. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the computer needed to be flashed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #22

Jun 102015

Vue

  • 177,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving on the highway at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning and the electrical power failed. The vehicle was able to restart after being parked for a long time. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 177,000.

- Perryville, MD, USA

problem #21

May 282015

Vue

  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. After the vehicle was inspected, the technician stated that the engine cradle was rusted and needed to be replaced. The transmission and engine could disengage from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,000.

- Vincent, OH, USA

problem #20

Mar 262015

Vue

  • 84,000 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 while driving at 70 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Nov 262014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was restarted and operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the purge valve failed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 01/23/15 updated 6/8/2015

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 072014

Vue

  • 146,919 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the brake caliber fractured without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 146,919.

- Rector , AR, USA

problem #16

Jun 192012

Vue

  • 87,500 miles

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

The ignition switch would fail to turn when the key was inserted. Lock body has been replaced twice over the last two years.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #15

May 152013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Trying to start car it wouldn't start wait a few minutes then it would this happened 3-4 times.

- Wrightsville, PA, USA

problem #14

Feb 022013

Vue

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that there was a strong gasoline fuel odor coming from inside and outside of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that there was fuel leaking and that the fuel gauge failed to read the accurate fuel levels. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the service engine warning light would illuminate intermittently. In addition, the contact stated that the key could be removed while in the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Mustang, OK, USA

problem #13

May 282013

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
My car kept cutting off and wouldn't start. So I took it to the dealer I purchased it from and they replaced the ignition sensor in it.. now it sometimes don't want to crank, they claim there is nothing wrong with it and thy cant figure it out.

- Beaufort, NC, USA

problem #12

Apr 092014

Vue

  • miles
My 2003 Saturn Vue continues to run when the key falls out of the ignition. If involved in a crash will air bags deploy ? this model is not on the recall list for GM products with this problem. Help!!!!

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #11

Feb 022013

Vue

  • 32,600 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and operated normally. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to duplicate the problem because the warning indicator was not illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 32,600.

- Richmond , VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012013

Vue

  • miles
The Vue has lost power multiple times with no warning! 3 times while driving in the freeway with my 3 children!!! I have taken the car with multiple mechanics, invested about 2,700 trying to fix the problem with no luck. I'm out car, my job has been affected because of my continues tadies thanks to the car stopping at random times. It's very dangerous it randomly stops anytime anywhere, it's a accident waiting to happen. I'm low income hard working american who had spent a lot of money on this car. After googling this problem I have come across various people with the same problem, this needs to be investigated asap and GM needs to take responsibility this problem can take a life and that is priceless!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Dec 172013

Vue

  • 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 #8

Mar 122014

Vue

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while making a right turn at various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Hanover Township, PA, USA

problem #7

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

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