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2004 Saturn Vue electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,420 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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2004 Saturn Vue electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 072008


  • 56,000 miles


A 2004 Saturn Vue is having ignition problem. We have yet to replace the ignition due to tricks to cause the ignition to release and start the vehicle. I fully expect this inconvenience to become a major problem at some point due to the poor quality materials used to produce the ignition switch. Should this strand us, the towing fee will be $75 plus a minimum of $400 for the mechanic and parts. I have experienced this problem with another General Motors product and had a custom part made to solve the problem. GM should be the one producing a quality replacement part and issuing a recall instead of gouging consumers especially with their sales plunge of late. They don't need another hit on their quality perception..

- Floyds Knobs, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 072007

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A/C system keeps going out. Took vehicle to dealer 4/14/2006. Dealer stated there was no leak & system just needed to be charged. Stopped cooling again. Took in to dealer 5/24/2007. Dealer stated that there was no problem with the system - it just needed to be recharged again. I told them that A/C should not have to be charged annually, especially since vehicle was 2004 model. Questioned them about the A/C compressor replacement NHTSA item #10010459 - said my car did not have any problems with A/C compressor. Offered to split cost of recharge with me because they said it could not be turned in on warranty again. A/C quit cooling again 9/07/2007.

- Hueytown, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012005

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. While driving 30 mph the instrument panel lights illuminated and the vehicle was hard to steer and stop. Approximately one week later she experienced the same problem. While driving 40 mph she experienced the same problem. The dealer inspected the vehicle but was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated that the problem has occurred on numerous occasions. As of 06-05-07, the dealer has been unable to determine the cause. The failure mileage was 6,500 and the current mileage was 33,344.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 232005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Late at night in a major downtown parking deck, vehicle would not start. Go to start vehicle, cranks but never turns over. Shut vehicle off, go to restart and vehicle will start. It is an intermittent problem that occurs every few days. Not to mention, since this problem started my remote to unlock and lock doors has started doing the same thing. Sometimes it will lock but not unlock the doors. Dealer can not duplicate problem and cleaned contacts on remote, which two tries later to get into vehicle, doors would not unlock.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 172004

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,600 miles
Electrical intermittent failures. Unable to lock or unlock using remote control, headlights, interior light, dash lights, radio (all electrical except engine accessories) fail randomly. On one occassion all interior & exterior lighting failed while driving at night on a dark highway. I was able to pull over safely but had no hazard lights (and presumably no brake lights) to warn other traffic. Wiggling the interior fuse panel restored power. Later checks of all relays and fuses revealed no contact or component failures in either in interior or under-hood electrical panels. Further investigation found no noticeable electrical connector problems.

- Burbank, CA, USA

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