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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,774 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.

2009 Saturn Vue brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 082015


  • 134,000 miles


The check engine lights was supposed to be due to a catalytic converter was a sure fix, I paid 700 to replace and a day after picking up from my mechanic it is doing it again. It was hesitant at first but then it started again and got worse. The RPM accelerating but speedometer slowing down. I took it back to my mechanic, he read something to me about the replacement of converter, it said to drive it for 1 hour at high speeds to burn off inside the new converter, reset the light which should fix the problem. I had already driven for 1 hour because I live an hour away. I head home and as IżM getting on the entrance ramp to I-75 something came through my vents and in my throat and chest and I start coughing really bad and tightness in chest. I got up to 55mph and the truck started jerking and I noticed the brake pedal was down to the floor and my brakes locked up. It will not go more than 20-30mph. I pulled over to the shoulder and while still in drive the truck will not move. Check engine, ABS and traction lights came on. I called mechanic and he suggested I roll down my windows and get some air because I was coughing so bad and have it towed to be safe. Called onstar and now ABS codes, told to take in for service within 7 days, I advised her cannot drive over 20mph and requested a tow. A state trooper stopped to assist me, said to get in safer place so he held traffic and drove behind me to get off interstate while I wait for tow truck. 7:32pm in the midst of rush hour traffic and 50 miles from home. I was horrified! I waited 2 hours for a tow that never showed, had to get a ride home again. Eventually got vehicle to a GM dealer. I rcvd a call from the service dept with a quote of $5K of repairs to include a brake job because rear pads were metal to metal. Had brakes checked 1week before and had 30% left, leads me to believe it was brake dust making me sick.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 282015

Vue 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving on the highway, cruising at 70 in the far left hand lane, and suddenly my vehicle speed dropped to 40 mph and error codes started flashing on the dash (decrease engine, engine, stability track system, traction control, and others I don't remember). With semi trucks and a high volume of traffic behind me and blowing their horns, I attempted to change lanes in an effort to pull over on the right shoulder as Georgia law states...but it would not accelerate and continued to decrease. It was by the grace of god that I did not get hit by the vehicles and semi trucks slamming on their brakes to avoid hitting me. I nearly missed the off ramp. Off on the exit ramp was not able to make the light so pulled over to right side. My car made a high pitched sound like it does when I really step on the gas, it was revving and now pulling forward. It continued to make this noise while I was at a stop light, not moving, tried putting it in neutral, park, nothing would make the revving stop. Finally, light turned green and the car jerked me forward but then would not accelerate again as I attempted to make it to the gas station off the exit. I pulled into the lot and again when I braked to put in reverse to park it started revving high and jerked forward again then backwards. I turned off the car and let sit 10 minutes. Turned it on, it would not go away the engine was in revving so high I thought it might blow. I turn the engine off and had the vehicle towed from 30+ miles away from home.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012014


  • miles
2009 Saturn Vue. Driver states the engine stalled repeatedly, keys became stuck in ignition and the airbag and stability lights came on.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 032012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 49,094 miles
While driving at approximately 30 mph parts of the instrument cluster failed. This included the speedometer, electronic stability control and driver information center. Driver pulled over and turned off the vehicle. Restarting the vehicle did not correct the condition. The vehicle was driven approximately a mile to home and shut off. Starting the vehicle later resulted in the components working properly. Note that on previous occasions the dic (driver information center) has reset itself. Vehicle has never been in an accident and is maintained in excellent condition.

- Birmingham, MI, USA

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