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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,750 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012014

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue, the contact stated that the door locks independently engaged and disengaged while traveling at various speeds. The contact also stated that the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 81,654 available. Updated 05/28/14 the consumer stated the vehicle would lock the door upon removing the key from the ignition. Updated 06/03/2014

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #3

Oct 012011

Vue 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
At slower speeds when cold the 2004 AWD V6 Saturn Vue vehicle changed rpms (200-300rpm) with a steady pedal and load. The symptoms appeared to get better after driving for 15-20min. My repair shop first thought an eternal valve and then transmission software programming.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 112010

Vue 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
I have a Saturn Vue 2004, blue. On Saturday Dec 11, merging onto I-495 East at exit 31, I accelerated sharply and steadily; 'pedal all the way down.' The cruise control was on but not engaged. I'm not sure whether it was tapped or not during the acceleration, but I did not intentionally engage it. Regardless, when I removed my foot from the accelerator, I did not experience a relief of acceleration. It is my belief that the pedal stayed loose, relatively. I tried the brake - it slowed the acceleration but did not stop it. I tried the accelerator to loosen it. I applied the brake in a sustained fashion. I was currently going ~80 mph, faster than intended. At this time, I moved onto the shoulder, to the right, shifted into neutral and turned on the blinkers. The engine raced and the tachometer was high. I braked to about 40-50 mph. I noticed the cruise control system was on, and turned it off. The engine stopped racing and I was able to slow a bit more. Once I was sure the vehicle was under control, I shifted into drive, deactivated the blinkers, regained speed, merged off the shoulder and continued to my destination. I have had no further problems.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 152004

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle stalled and hesitated in the middle of the highway. The dealer looked at it, they have speeded up the computer, but could not pinpoint the problem. It happened every week or two. The gas pedal would stick twice a week.

- New Hartford, NY, USA

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