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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Torque Converter Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Saturn Vue transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012008

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Delayed in shifting, no warning car will shift out of gear at freeway speeds transmission failure X4, replace old one with new one failure X2 at 15,000 miles, called dealership and corporate office no help, found out there is a class action lawsuit regarding this make and model, im surprised nothing has been done about this problem.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012008

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slips, auto suddenly stopped on freeway, it did not speed at all but 30 to 40 miles per hour after a pull-over 30 minutes break. It continues slipping and shaking during stops.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2003 Vue on 12/02 there was a recall in 03/03 the problem was fixed, but lead to other problems. (1) the check engine light would not go out took it in 2 times. (2) the car was lurching when coming to a stop. (3) the car did not get enough gas when taking off. (4) there is a knocking sound when I turn a corner. (5) the car had to be towed in just 1 day after picking it up for other problems because it would not start.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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