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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,510 miles

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2007 Saturn Vue drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 012015


  • 71,003 miles


Upon a cold start, when the vehicle has rolled about ten feet, forward or reverse, with no input on the accelerator, there is a whir from the engine compartment, akin to a stepper motor noise, and the vehicle accelerates on its own. In reverse, applying the brakes stops the car, and then selecting drive, the vehicle responds to the accelerator correctly. The same thing happens in forward, but in most cases the accelerator is engaged to move forward. The problem does not seem to occur when the car is warmed up and being driven under normal use. In reviewing the shop manuals, there is an electronic throttle control motor, which I assume is a stepper type motor, in the throttle body assembly. This is controlled by the throttle actuator control(tac) and the power control module(PCM). I assume that the motor is failing, but have not experienced a reduced engine power mode or engine shutdown mode event. If this part is failing it should be covered by the emission warranty of 8 years/80,000 miles, but unfortunately the car is 9 years old. I will approach my dealer and Saturn about possible coverage under warranty, but have had difficulty with them in the past. I feel this is a safety issue, as it can catch a driver unaware and create a possible accident scenario.

- Paonia, CO, USA

problem #8

May 012015


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. While parked and attempting to shift the vehicle into reverse, the engine revved until the vehicle stopped going into reverse. The failure recurred on four other occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000....updated 10/01/15

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 092007

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 65 mph, there was a delayed response when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure occurred only when traveling down an incline at 65 mph and greater. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90.....updated 07/22/15 updated 9/22/2015

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 072007


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact also stated that the vehicle was unable to shift from park. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the ignition tumblers and wires were defective. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #5

Aug 302013


  • 89,000 miles
Engine died at 89,000 miles rocker arm assembly fell apart both of them valve was bent, timing chain came loose just went to start vehicle and it wouldn't start towed in to a dealership to have it checked and found it to be engine I tried to go through GM to help with this it was out of warranty a little over a year nothing else has went wrong with the vehicle ever and I have had oil changes no reason for it to fall apart and 4800 dollars later I feel it was a defect in the engine itself I have read other defects on this 2.2 litre engine of coarse no help from manufacturer even though its a 2007 car the engine is made separate from when a car is made I have not heard of too many vehicles with a dead engine this early...

- Jefferson, OR, USA

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problem #4

Jul 202012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I bought this 2007 Saturn Vue V6 AWD in July 2012 from brighton Ford, brighton mi noticed a slight vibration when test driving. Less than a week after I buy it the ac goes out, and the shuttering gets worse. Take it back to them to look at and get referred to a tire shop. Was told the ac coil had a huge leak, and was probably "topped off" at by the dealer and that there was some tire wear issues. Brighton Ford refused to fix anything. Drive it for about a year the shuttering gets worse and worse take it in to bud kouts Chevrolet, lansing, mi for a check engine light that came on, it was because of a miss fire in two of the cylinders. Told them about the shuttering, was told nothing was wrong. 28 days later I have a tire explode, told there was nothing wrong. Take it back after finding a huge hole in the shock absorber casing. This time speaking with the dealership owner directly, after two days they finally found the cause of the shuttering, a bad torque converter. They admitted that this is an issue on the these vehicles, but still want about $2000 to fix it. If there is not a recall on this there should be. I will never by a GM made vehicle again. I've owned three now and have had nothing but problems with them. The Subaru I owned had well over 200,000 miles and no issues the same goes for a Mazda I owned.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 032011

Vue 6-cyl

  • 83,500 miles


Front wheel bearings replaced at 83500 and already making noise again at 85,400 miles.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 292008

Vue 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Saturn Vue 2007 V6 gas engine 15,000 miles vehicle failed to accelerate above 20mph, shift out of 1st gear, and idled at 1,500 RPM. Dealer stated the throttle was filled with carbon deposits and that this is normal for the vehicles at 18,000 miles. I have never driven a vehicle with this problem regardless of total mileage or environmental conditions. However, this vehicle has been operated under normal driving conditions in Louisiana and with brand fuels with additives.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 232007

(reported on)


  • miles
2007 Saturn Vue was serviced because of the check engine and battery lights illuminating. Dealer replaced and fixed several problems. Consumer was still not happy with the way the vehicle ran. The consumer stated the radio was replaced for the third time, and there was even more wind noise from the driver side door with the new rubber seal. The consumer also stated major loss of power, rough upshifting, double downshifting while braking and poor fuel economy. The consumer was told a new calibration was made to the PCM as part of the correction made along with the wiring harness to make the check engine and battery lights go off.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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