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Engine Cuts Out While Driving


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,167 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2003 Saturn Vue engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 212015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,668 miles


In a nutshell, I was traveling on the highway going 70 miles per hour and passing a car in the fast lane. With no warning it was like someone threw the Saturn Vue in PARK!!! The tires started screeching, smoking and skidding but I was able to control the truck to the emergency lane! By then all the lights were on but the truck cut off. After shaking for a few minutes and praying that a SEMI or any other vehicle was not behind me at the time, I may not be here today writing this letter!!!! That would have been more of a tragedy on my family because we had just buried our MOM.

I had just passed an exit so I had to get to the other side of the highway by illegally crossing the highway. Thank GOD the truck started up, but I was losing power every now and then so it took me a while to get across but first I also had to backup to get across! It was like I was playing CHICKEN with my LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course I made it across to look for a service station on a Saturday. The truck gave TOTALLY out and I had to get the truck towed and paid a $100 for an diagnostic for them to tell me that I can't go anywhere because of the compression in the cylinder, I think one or two was at 0. So now I'm stranded with my Mom's things in the truck with very minimal money, I had been off from work for a few months with my Mom's surgery then DEATH! MY family had bought me a ticket to Dallas for Thanksgiving so I was under a time constraint because I had to get back to catch a flight by Monday morning.

Long story short I had to first find out where I was, leave the truck at the repair station, call someone to travel to pick me up and I ended catching the Greyhound to my FINAL destination so I can catch my FLIGHT! All the while wondering if someone was going to break in the truck with my Mom's belongings and I had to get the truck towed almost over 200 miles. I'M SPENT........

- , Dayton, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I just bought my Vue 2wks ago and it shuts off when i stop or when it idles. sometimes it will start rt back up and other times when i try and crank it the engine turns and all the lights comes on but it wont start for like 5-10 min does anyone know what this could be or has had the same issue? if so what was the problem? thanks

- , Marion, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 182008

Vue 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles

i have spent over $1,000 and no one can fix this! i have taken it to three separate mechanics. the car gives codes P0171 and P0172 (engine lean AND rich). this car is the biggest piece of junk ever. i bought brand new and could have bought two for what i spend on maintenance. i hope the govt doesn't bail these fools out for making this crap, they deserve to go bankrupt. buy Japanese

- , Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 032008

Vue 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

i need to know whats going help i need a solution to find the problem too many mechanics and no solution, the car starts and 20min into the ride the car shuts off and then 10min later it starts again

- , 1617 S 9th Ave, IL, USA

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