NHTSA — Equipment: Electrical: Air Conditioner Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 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.

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2003 Saturn Vue AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172003

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles


2003 Saturn Vue failed to start. The vehicle made squeaking noises when the consumer made a right turn, in addition to various other rumblings. The consumer experienced problems with the rotors, bearings and transmission. A special wheel bearing had to be ordered as well as a special side cover and hardware for the transmission. The coolant switch was defective. The rear wipers would stick. The gas gauge would only read 3/4 full. The air condition stopped working and the hot and cold knob did not go all the to cool. The starter was replaced which was the reason the vehicle wasn't starting. The transfer case seal was replaced.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 252004


  • miles
Consumer was unable to have recall work done on 2003 Saturn Vue, due to parts were not available. The consumer also encountered problems with the A/C failing to work properly, molding peeling away from the structure and the rear suspension collapsing which caused the roll over.

- Mattydale, NY, USA

problem #1

May 012003

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Freon leak in A/C. Vue was taken in to dealership in May 2003, May 2004, and complaint filed May 2005 with the car having been in 13 times this summer 2005. Dealership refuses to diagnose problem. All they do is refill freon when it leaks out. They did finally replace compressor after I wrote to Saturn customer assistance ctr in tn. Had car in Aug 27, Sept 10 and Sept 17-nothing was done other than wash my car and spray deodorizer in vents to cover the smell of leaking freon. Saturn assistance center confirmed via email freon discharge and re-charge with dye would be done at my last appt, 9/17/95--this was not done. The A/C has never been repaired--and Saturn has tried to hide the problem.

- Liberty, MO, USA

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