NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Doors: Latch Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,904 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 Owner Comments

problem #7

May 102007

(reported on)

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles


2003 Vue customer states that the transmission had a recall and after having it fix it began to have problems a couple of months later then the whole transmission had to be replaced* the drivers door would not open from the inside, the brakes squealed whenever the consumer backed-up and the rear wiper was replaced.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #6

May 012005

Vue 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Saturn Vue experiencing problems with the transmission, catalytic converter shield, windshield, accelerator, rear suspension, defective passenger side ball joints, struts and bushings.** answer required***. the defective catalytic converter shield was replaced, there was noise under the vehicle in the exhaust area of the vehicle due to a defective muffler. The windshield rattled at high speeds. The accelerator pedal stuck resulting in sudden acceleration. The driver's door would not open from the inside.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #5

Sep 172003

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
Automatic door locks would intermittently lock the doors which prevent the consumer from getting in or out of the vehicle. Dealer was notified. Dealer replaced the power door assembly, but problem recurred. Then, dealer was unable to resolved this issue.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #4

May 062004

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,305 miles


1) left passenger door flew open while driving 40 mph down a surface street; 2) no door ajar system for passenger doors (only trunk and if a loose gas cap); 3) contacted Saturn, feel there 2003 Saturn Vue is safe without this feature. They will only take it under advisement. It is my responsibility to ensure the doors are closed. Unacceptable! even my 8 year old Ford aerostar van had that system; and, with kids it is necessary!

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 082004

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Air conditioner compressor failed without warning at 42,000 miles.

- Alvin, TX, USA

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problem #2

Apr 282003

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
My complaints are several. All of which have been described in technicakl bulletins. I have had my vehicle back to the dealer no less than 10 times since I ourchased it. Now, I live with the issues because I can't afford to lose additional work, the worst problem is the vibration in the drivetrain at idle (when in drive and the vibration driving at 60-65. In addition, the front drivers door squeeks ( I belive its the insulation) my luggage bolts broke, the seat cushion on the drivers side would not stay attached on the front edge, there is a popping noise when the truck is idling, when you close the rear liftgate, the plastic interior seperates from the door, whe it is cold my steering column make noise.

- East Setauket, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 222003

Vue 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Consumer stated the front door latches released from the inside of vehicle. Dealer has been contacted. The inside release handles failed. The only way to open the door was to reach outside the window and pull the door handle. The door was repaired three times.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

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