NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2002 Saturn Vue (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,921 miles

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2002 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2002 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Aug 152009

Vue 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


Purchased a brand new 2002 Saturn Vue 6 cylinders 3.0 engine. Had to replaced every electronic component in this vehicle. Computer, accelerator sensor, transmission and transmission control module. The "service engine" lights is constantly on. Therefore, I took the truck to the dealer. They tell me I need a new throttle body and a brand new harness since the new throttle body will not work with the existing wires. They want $3,000 for this. Within the warranty period I made the dealership aware of transmission problems. They reply that this SUV was operating normal. I replaced the transmission after the warranty had expired. Now the transmission control module is defective. The dealer wants $860 for the part plus programming charges.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 172010


  • 94,000 miles
2002 Saturn Vue AWD and the transmission died. We were on top of a hill and luckily were able to force it up before it completely failed. There were no special circumstances as we were at a stop light when it appear to fail. When contacting Saturn we were notified that it is not a "recall" although it was admitted to be a manufacture issue. Due to an additional manufacture defect with reading the mileage they will not cover the cost to replace the transmission.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #6

Oct 302008


  • 89,000 miles
2002 Saturn Vue - check engine light keeps coming on due to a failed throttle body and the parts. It would also cause the car to go into reserve power and the car would only go 10 miles an hour. I was just informed that this must be a major problem because my mechanic just informed me that the part needed to repair this problem is on back order to April of 2009. So if that is not enough of a reason that this is a defect I do not know what is. Because of this I will be without a working car for 4 months because GM/Saturn makes cars that do not function. Also I have read that this problem has been around for several years and you have not forced them into a recall on something that could cause a problem on the road to the driver and or other drivers on the road.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #5

Feb 232008

Vue 4-cyl

  • 86,500 miles


I own a 2002 Saturn Vue, 4cylinder, fwd with approximately 86,000 miles. Early this year the body control module (BCM) on this vehicle began preventing the doors from unlocking properly. I first noticed the issue when my key fob for my security system began to fail to unlock doors, causing the horn to chirp irregularly. I later noticed that in certain situations, unlocking the doors using the power lock button on each of the front doors would not unlock the doors. When I went to manually push the lock, it sticks or does not disengage the lock, essentially locking all passengers in. After crawling to the back seat I am able to push the lock button manually and escape. My fear is that in an emergency, the body control module will somehow prevent me from getting out of my car.

- Lafayette, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 152007

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Saturn Vue. While driving 25 mph the vehicle hesitated then shut off without warning. The check engine warning illuminated after the vehicle shut off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle immediately after it shut off. The mechanic stated it was an electrical problem. He replaced the thermostat. However, that did not remedy the problem. The vehicle had the same failure on four occasions. The failure mileage was 47,000 miles, and the current mileage was 50,000 miles as of 04-24-07. Updated 09/05/07.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 212006

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
: the contact stated while parked in the driveway the alarm sounded without warning. Also, the light switch and instrument panel became hot when the lights were illuminated. The dealer has not been contacted.

- Piedmont, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 132005

Vue 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
My Saturn has trouble starting. When it does start and run the headlights flash on and off constantly, my windshield wipers won't shut off, and the odometer went from reading 36,000 miles to reading 76,000 miles.

- Monticello, IN, USA

problem #1

Apr 142004

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
I have had my 2002 Saturn Vue for a little over a year and a half. The problems actually started after about three months of my purchase date. I have continuously had problems with the engine light coming, never for the same problem twice. The entire computer had to be replaced about six months ago, but is causing me problems again. I just picked it up last night after the problem was supposedly fixed; the light came back on again this morning. This is the seventh time I have had problems dealing with the engine light. I also have had numerous problems with the front-end suspension system. The torsion bar links have been replaced twice, the torsion bar bushings twice. The latest incident happened a week ago after the suspension was supposedly fixed. The dealership had put the wrong size of bushing on the torsion bar; it came flying off while turning into a parking lot. This could have posed a problem if the part were to hit anyone. My warranty is almost up and I am afraid that I will be stuck paying for all of these manufacturing defects. I have done research and know for a fact that many other people have had these same problems. I have notified Saturn Corp., but really did not get anywhere. They sent me a check for one monthly payment, hardly compensation for having to drive to the dealership twelve times within one year.

- Corydon, IN, USA

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