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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,611 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.

2006 Saturn Vue electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 152011


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. When the vehicle was started, the key disengaged from the ignition. In addition, when the vehicle was turned off, the key failed to disengage from the ignition. The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Shool Craft, MI, USA

problem #8

Oct 072013

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
I had to have the ignition switch replaced car would not start this was on 10 7 2013.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 312010


  • 79,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact turned the key in the ignition and a fire ignited. The fire department responded and extinguished the flames. In addition, the headlights became dim and the doors on the vehicle were unable to be locked. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 79,200.

- Mephis, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 242014


  • 26,000 miles


Ignition switch is hard to turn, I have to turn the steering wheel to the left really hard to get the switch to turn the car on. This has been happen to me several times since I had the car since 2005. I thought that maybe there would be a recall on this problem and I would like to mention the shaking of the transmission and I did take it to the dealer because of the recall I received but it started back shortly afterwards the "so called repair was done. I noticed that the shaking, rattling and loud vibration from the transmission was when driving at a high speed and having to slow down to 40 or slower this is when it would happen and now it happens all the time. I have also noticed that when the motor is being turned off and on lately there is a sound of shaking and rattling like something is loose.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #5

Sep 152013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the ignition switch became inoperable sporadically. The problem occurred numerous of times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Apr 142014

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key failed to be removed from the ignition. The key was able to be removed only after jiggling the key in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 8/11/14

- Omro, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 012012


  • miles


The ignition switch stopped working with the factory key. The key would get jammed in the ignition and not turn on and jiggling it would turn ignition on. Good car but the ignition should not be messing up.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #2

Feb 072006


  • miles
#1. ignition switch failure. Key gets stuck in ignition switch, causing the key to not be able to be turned or to be removed. #2. steering is vague and hard to keep pointed in one direction, possibly due to the use of electronic steering. Also; the car sways profoundly over uneven surfaces, due to the suspension design. This lack of suspension design integrity, coupled with the use of electronic steering causes the vehicle to operate in an unsafe manner, (causing the vehicle to meander from side to side, often into other lanes of traffic, unless the driver is constantly correcting the steering input). Please help to force Saturn to recall these vehicles for the safety of the public! please note that I have driven other Saturn Vue's, and they all seem to behave the same way. Thank you!

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 192006

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
2006 Saturn Vue, vehicle doors would not open, engine miss fired, then shut off. Towed to dealer, dealer stated bad battery......second time vehicle same thing just shut off.... also ignition key entry sticks when trying to start vehicle, dealer said to have replaced but still sticks when trying to turn to start.....

- Brownsville, PA, USA

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