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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,439 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172003

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles


2003 Saturn Vue failed to start. The vehicle made squeaking noises when the consumer made a right turn, in addition to various other rumblings. The consumer experienced problems with the rotors, bearings and transmission. A special wheel bearing had to be ordered as well as a special side cover and hardware for the transmission. The coolant switch was defective. The rear wipers would stick. The gas gauge would only read 3/4 full. The air condition stopped working and the hot and cold knob did not go all the to cool. The starter was replaced which was the reason the vehicle wasn't starting. The transfer case seal was replaced.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 142003

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,016 miles
I have taken my 2003 Saturn Vue in 8 times for high idle (1000 RPM) in neutral, ses light on, and engine cooling fan going on. The dealer stopped attempting to fix the problem on visit 6 (when they let my car sit at the dealership for 13 days with 1 diagnosis attempt). Another dealer has looked at the car for the last two visits. Saturn says they cannot find anything wrong. Yet I have found a Saturn service bulletin on the NHTSA website. The high idle is a safety issue because it affects my shifting. An independent ase certified mechanic has stated that the high idle and engine fan running will eventually damage the fan, engine mounts and catalytic converter. Of course, my gas mileage is compromised as well as my safety. The service bulletin pertains to the ses light, code P0171 fuel trim system lean.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262003

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,300 miles
2003 Saturn Vue: While driving, the "reduced power" light comes on at the same time that the car has been reduced in speed to 15 to 20 mph. This sudden reduction, without warning is a safety hazard while driving in traffic. The sudden reduction has the same effect as putting on the brakes without the brake lights.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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