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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,136 miles

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2004 Saturn Vue miscellaneous problems

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 222016


  • 135,000 miles


Ignition switch would not shut off turned, key and it seemed to bind, up had to force key to turn to off positionmaking the key break off I'm the ignition switch itself. Before this, happened key had been randomly turning to different positions when in motion

- Vanceboro, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 102015


  • 41,000 miles
Before we paid our 2nd payment our ABS system failed. The front breaks were crunching. It then threw out our wheel barrings, balljoints and rotors. Therefore it wouldn't pass inspection when it was due for it. The dealership did the original inspection there and they never changed the breaks. Which is an illegal practice. With all these problems we rarely drove the car. Till one day, less than having it under 1 year, it would no longer start.we lost out over$5,000 on payments and our large down payment too. They have been calling us ever since wanting us to pay for a car that won't start and won't pass inspection.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 192014


  • 139,300 miles
Tamara recall, the key came out of the ignition while the car was on. We brought it to the dealership and the confirmed it but would not fix it or send us anywhere to get it fixed. Our ABS went the 3rd week we had the car, the dealership refused to even look at it. The other recall made our tires only hold air for a few days at a time.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 152015


  • 250,000 miles


Parked by car when returned to my car it would nt crank so we checked the battery and there wasnt anything wrong with it and found out it was the key ignision switch

- Cross City, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 162013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I was able to pull out the key from my 2004 Saturn Vue without the ignition being in the off position. This has happened on more than one occasion. I checked the GM website with the VIN number and it came back that the vehicle is not being recalled, although it has the exact same problem as the other Saturn Vue vehicles that are under recall. Thanks.

- Galloway, OH, USA

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problem #2

Mar 202010


  • 80,650 miles
I own a 2004 Saturn Vue. The vti transmission that was originally put in it failed at a little over 57,000 miles and was replaced under warranty in August 2008 with another vti transmission. This month, March 2010, the 2nd vti transmission also failed (80,650 miles/about 23,000 miles after the repair) and is now no longer under warranty. GM will only cover 50%, although a previous class action lawsuit requires they pay more. It will now cost me $1638 plus taxes to repair it and put in the third transmission that will only hold a 12,000 mile warranty. The original vti transmission should not have been replaced with another faulty engine. If it had been replaced with what they claim to be a better transmission that they are currently replacing them with, then it would have been covered under my original warranty and the current cost never would have been placed on me. GM knows the vti transmission is bad and isn't using it anymore, yet is failing to correct the issue appropriately for current owners such as myself. With the amount of problems that this transmission has proven to have for its owners, GM should be forced to recall this transmission as it is a defect with the transmission and since it will go out when you're driving (passing through an intersection, turning, etc) it is very dangerous to individuals when driving it.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Apr 182006

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle began making a loud noise. On three occasions, the dealer stated that the vehicle did not make enough noise for them to make an unspecified repair. The contact has been able to drive the vehicle despite the noise. The dealer refused to diagnose the computer to determine the cause of the failure. The noise sounded as if a component underneath the vehicle was making contact with the ground. The dealer stated that they could not find any failures during the test drive, but they heard the noise. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 100,000. Updated 07/28/09 the consumer stated the noise was coming from inside the transmission. The front rotors were replaced. Updated 07/31/09.

- Watertown, CT, USA

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