NHTSA — Service Brakes, Air: Antilock Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,002 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 102004

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles


Occasionally, sometimes frequently, (I can go a month without it happening), I step on the brakes and just before the final stop, there is a loud groaning sound and then the brakes let the car roll forward a little more before they grab for the final stop. I can feel the pedal pushing back against my foot. I hold constant pressure on the pedal, but the car still rolls forward slightly no matter how hard I push. Twice, the car has actually gone into an intersection several feet more than I expected it to. My husband was with me for one of those incidents. We have taken the car to the dealer for service several times. On each trip, they tell us there is nothing wrong with the brakes. We finally just told them to do a complete brake job and paid $500 for that work. Last week-end, it happened again. Can this be an example of the problem being investigated by NHTSA action number : PE05020?

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 272003

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Coming home after a 300 mile highway drive the ABS activated on dry pavement at the end of the off-ramp. This happened just as the car was coming to a stop. The brakes came on very hard and unexpectedly. The problem continued while driving home through residential areas. I shut car off at home then took it out again and the ABS activated hard and unexpectedly at every stop. I let the car sit the next day, Sunday, and took it in to dealer Monday. On the way to the dealer, the brakes operated normally. They could not find the problem. I've had cars with ABS for the past 8 years and never experienced this before. I am concerned about this happening again in heavy traffic and causing loss of control.

- Cottage Grove, WI, USA

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