NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,220 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue brakes problems

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 092003

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles


Cv joints were replaced at 22000 now againat 37000 I need to replace them. Front rotors were replaced at 22000 and again at 33000 timing belt at 20000 needed replacement I replaced the main computer controller in Aug 2006. This car is a piece of crap and I will never buy a Saturn again I bought this brand new off the lot in Jan 2003 and have had major things go wrong. I also need to now replace the tires ( dullers) at 37000 because I am hydroplanng all over the place.I had a loud sound from my passenger window that took 2 years to diagnosis and repair and the rear end was recalled and the cooling fan replaced at 24000.

- Hull, MA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 012006

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,700 miles
With less than 50,000 miles on this vehicle, I have replaced the rotors and the rear wiper motor. The latest failure left me stranded and needed to be towed to the dealer. The slave cylinder for the hydraulic clutch fluid went with a total cost of $1100 out of factory and extended warranty of course. Company claims this is a wear and tear issue.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 032005

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


While braking the vehicle vibrates significantly. The Saturn dealership in hickory, nc looked at the automobile and told me that there was nothing wrong with it. The problem continued to occur and I took the vehicle back to the Saturn place where this time they said the rotors of the vehicle were warped. When I had a local mechanic with more than forty years of experience to "turn" the rotors as suggested it was found that the diagnosis of warped rotors was correct, but the solution of "turning" the rotors wouldn't be able to fix the problem. I now am purchasing new rotors for the vehicle. Please note that there are less than fifty thousand miles on the vehicle and that there were no apparent reasons as to why this situation would occur.

- Newton, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 202005

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
I have problems with the following in my 2003 V4 manual Saturn: Cd player stopped working, my sunroof fell apart. I have had all four tie rod ends replaced at individual service dates, my rotors were ground last Nov and now they been replaced. My tires needed to be replaced last year after about a year of ownership.

- St Thomas, 00, USA

problem #2

Apr 052005

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,837 miles
While driving 55 mph consumer heard a loud popping noise. As a result, tire was leaning outward. Dealer stated the lugs nuts came loose. Also, when applying the brakes vehicle wobbled from side to side.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 192003

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
My 2003 fwd Saturn Vue has had constant front-end, steering, and braking issues that could result in a crash. The Vue has 34,000 miles on it. Since 10,000 miles, it has been in the shop nearly every month for loose front end suspension parts, loose steering parts, loose brake parts, etc. The dealership claims they cannot duplicate the problems. Once they are duplicated for them, they claim to replace parts and that the issues are resolved, although there is little or no change in symptoms. The vehicle does not feel safe when driving it, and the current problems may result in a crash.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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