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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,669 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.

2004 Saturn Vue lights problems

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 292014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 92,825 miles


At 7:10pm, after dark, I was driving home through the intersection of spring hill road and mariner road in tisbury, Massachusetts. When I pulled the stem on the left side of the steering column to turn on my high beams, the low beams and running lights went out and the high beams did not come on. I had no illumination whatsoever. I have contacted General Motors and dick beard Chevrolet, the dealer which performed a complete service on November 13, 2014. Neither has responded.

- Vineyard Haven, MA, USA

problem #4

Oct 272014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I was on my way home in my 2004 Saturn Vue when a buck jumped out in front of me. I stomped on the brakes, however, I ended up hitting the buck (deer) that then ran away. My entire front in was smashed in, the air bags never deployed, the seat belts didn't lock when I stomped on the breaks. My daughter and I were both in the front seats and we both went forward messing up both of our necks and backs.

- Basehor , KS, USA

problem #3

Sep 132013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the turn signals stop operating as well as the brake lights. The ignition needs to be turned off, car rested then will operate normally for a while when turned back on.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 092011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
As I just read, my running lights, one of the safety features leading me to buy the Saturn (new in 2003), also have failed. I began to notice that the green light indicator would flicker when I started the Vue, and then the light would disappear. Realizing that I would likely get charged hundreds of dollars for repair, I'm living with the failure. It would be nice if there was a recall.

- Ada, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 022009


  • 61,521 miles
Please see comments below sent to GM-Saturn service satisfaction online survey. GM expects me to pay for the repair which I believe it should be under recall. Vehicle: Saturn Vue 2004 part: Drl resistor which activates the day time running lights. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- these comments are geared toward GM and Saturn policy makers. Personnel at Saturn of milwaukee acted as they are supposed to do. Yes, he was courteous but not fair by charging $50 for an estimate of a common problem that should be taken care of as recall as it is performed in Canada. This common problem is easily found all over the web which is the drl resistor in these types of vehicles. The more I notice other Saturn Vues on the road, I also notice the lack of day time running lights on. Remember GM, you designed these with not the option of an on/off switch for these lights. Bottom line, I am out of $50 and no day time running lights. I refuse to pay $100+ to correct GM's fault !!!!

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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