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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,996 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Saturn Vue miscellaneous problems

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 102011


  • 100,000 miles


Horn starting sounding off, kept sounding until battery died. Horn switch is in the steer wheel and connected to the airbag. Only way to fix is by having horn fuse in plugged. This is a major safety issue.

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #9

Aug 102010


  • 60,000 miles
Takata recall the air bag is being inflated and making the horn go off nonstop and I have to drive with the fuse for the horn taken out. To prevent from either the horn going off and exploding while I drive to work or etc... I have had the horn replaced a few years ago and the problem is worse again especially with the summer heat in Georgia.

- Sugarhill, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 172015


  • 117,000 miles
Driving was rough, which sounds like wheel bearings in left wheel. I had it checked only to find out no strainer, had to replace transmission? I'm in limbo. I just bought this vehicle from a lady an hour and half away. Nice looking vehicle but bad transmission!

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 022015


  • miles


My Saturn just stopped cranking battery in key chain went dead and had to change it. Now I need the programming codes so I can synchronize the transmitter w/receiver please help me I've had nothing but problems with it shutting down all electrical power system.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 142014


  • miles
To whom it may concern: My name is [xxx], owner of Saturn Vue 2003. My check engine lights stays on, had it diagnosed cost me $60 to have it removed. In order for me to pass the smog test need to drive it for 50 miles then check engine lights stays off. But, after a day check engine lights goes back on again. My ignition key can be removed while the engine is running. I have contacted GMC already and they're not willing to fix the car, because it's not part of the recalls. Something has to be done here or are we waiting for an accident to happen? hope you reconcider my vehicle as part of the recall before it's all too late. My 16 year old daughter drives this car to get to school on a daily basis. Thank you, information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) eddie

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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problem #5

Feb 012011

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Saturn Vue 4WD. Key not turning, hard to start. Have to keep making new keys to work. Contacted Saturn dealer and they said nothing was ever done on my vehicle. I purchased it used approx 2 years ago from capital Ford auto credit. I am being told that the recall is closed and there is nothing they can do unless I pay for it. Since there was a recall and nothing was done, I don't think this is acceptable. I am a single mother of 4 and I need a safe dependable car that is what I thought when I purchased this vehicle. Along with the other recalls as well. This was happening to me off and on, but now it was every time I get in my car. It takes like 10 minutes to start. Today I went to make a new key, but to make a new key every couple months and to know the consequences of not having the recall fixed it crazy. And now that I am checking into this and finding out nothing ever was done on any recall, I would great appreciate it if all was fixed now. Thank you.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 162011


  • 49,765 miles


While driving my son noticed a sound coming from the engine that was not normal. When we stopped I opened the hood and investigated. When idiling it sounded like a chain slapping, at 1000 rpms the sound was like a whir instead of a slap. After listening for a few moments I decided it sounded like the timing chain. The next day my wife brought the vehicle to a Chevrolet dealer and they determined that the tensioner had failed and the chain was indeed slapping around, but it had not damaged a valve. I checked on the internet and found that Saturn engines, such as mine (2.2L engines), did indeed have a problem with the timing chain. A recall was issued for that engine, but only 2000-2002 model year. Total cost to repair was almost $1400

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 272010

Vue 4-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
My 2003 Saturn Vue was having trouble with the transmission took it back to the car dealer were we bought it they said they fixed it we never got any paper work from them this happened twice in less than 6 months well they are no longer in business called GMC and sent letters because we were told there were a recall on the transmission and we never received a recall well they sent a note to us but told us we were over the miles they honored that's not our fault we were never notified of a recall now I have a Saturn in my drive way with no drive and still have to make payments this is not fair they should replace the transmission no matter how many miles over it is and we bought it used im at wits end with everybody else that has a 2003 Saturn with the same problems just read all the complaints they should be held responsible.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #2

Apr 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,969 miles
1. recall transaxle 2. same day ---check ingine light would not go out. They fixed it and same day it came on again, they fixed it again 3. same day car is lurching shen coming to a stop. They fixed it. 4. next week the car is not getting any gas when press the excelerator. 5. car had to be towed in becasue it would not start at all.they fixed it. 6. same day after pick up hear knocking sound when turn a corner and then rattle when increase in speed. They said they donot hear anything.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 212002

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 222 miles
Horn doesn't honk or almost impossible to honk until too late

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

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