NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2003 Saturn Vue (Page 1 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,931 miles

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2003 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2003 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #70

Dec 112016


  • miles


Car key kept getting stuck in ignition. Car will come out while it is on. Car alarm failed no warning. We replaced battery and now car has no power. When we turn key nothing happens. No lights. No power at all.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #69

Jan 282016


  • 178,000 miles
Had the recalled Saturn ignition switch replaced. Now my car stalls out and dies when driving down the road, has happened on highway and residential, and doesn't restart for at least 2 min.after turning everything off. Then it happens again within 10 mins. After restarting. Has happened to me 4 times on 2 separate occasions. Once on hwy going 55 then residential going 25.

- Forest Grove, OR, USA

problem #68

Feb 022015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key was difficult to turn in order to start the vehicle. After several attempts, the vehicle was able to restart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V490000 (electrical system) and stated that the part was not available to schedule the recall repair appointment within a reasonable timeframe. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The failure mileage was not available.

- Whistler, AL, USA

problem #67

Jun 102015


  • 177,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving on the highway at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning and the electrical power failed. The vehicle was able to restart after being parked for a long time. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 177,000.

- Perryville, MD, USA

problem #66

Jun 022015


  • miles
My Saturn just stopped cranking battery in key chain went dead and had to change it. Now I need the programming codes so I can synchronize the transmitter w/receiver please help me I've had nothing but problems with it shutting down all electrical power system.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #65

Apr 082015

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
Had the ignition column replaced due to GM recall and today the steering column started smoking!!!!

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #64

Jan 012014


  • 190,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving at 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and jerked when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the contact unintentionally struck the key with her hand and ejected it out of the ignition while the shift lever was in drive. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V490000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Rousseau, KY, USA

problem #63

Sep 022014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I received a letter from General Motors regarding my vehicles recall 14506 back in September 2004. I have tried numerous times to schedule a fix for this recall. Rice Buick GMC, 8330 kingston pike, knoxville, tn 865-693-0610 I am told the part for this fix has yet to arrive and I will be called when the part arrives. It has been months, I believe 4 months is plenty of time to receive parts. I have yet to receive my call. I am afraid I will have another incident or accident. Any help or advice will be appreciated.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #62

Nov 122014


  • 271,469 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V490000 (electrical system), weeks later the steering wheel was emitting smoke. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer twice where the vehicle was diagnosed, but the results were unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 271,469.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #61

Nov 062014


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. After the ignition switch was remedied, the air bag and service vehicle soon warning lights illuminated. Also, the horn would not work. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- Toms River , NJ, USA

problem #60

Sep 122007


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled which also caused the brakes to fail as the contact approached a stop sign. As a result, the contact went through the stop sign and crashed into another vehicle. The air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained head injuries that required medical attention. The driver in the other vehicle also required medical attention for unknown injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V490000 (electrical systems). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #59

May 052014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Occasionally there has been a line of smoke coming from my steering column when I start the car. Now my windshield wipers will not turn off unless I remove the fuse. I am concerned about a fire and will be getting it fixed, however I have read of other Saturn owners having this same problem. So I know mine is not the only car out there to have this problem.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #58

Sep 012014


  • miles
2003 Saturn Vue. Consumer writes in regards to transmission and key problems.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #57

Jul 092014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
The ignition switch keeps failing and it is very costly. When I stop and turn the ignition off it won't restart without several attempts. It also sticks and the key is hard to remove. I have three times replaced the ignition switch and this costly process in not holding up. To date. I know that it is not part of the ignition switch recalls but it is a recall issue. Many mechanics tell me they know this issue but no one seems to have addressed it. I hope that I am not on the highway when it causes a disaster for me and others.

- Harvey, IL, USA

problem #56

Jun 042014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The security system locked the steering, where you could not drive it. It happen twice in 2 weeks and took forever to get off. Now scared to drive it. You do not know if you going to make home. Had to have it towed once.

- Chatham, VA, USA

problem #55

Jun 192012


  • 87,500 miles
The ignition switch would fail to turn when the key was inserted. Lock body has been replaced twice over the last two years.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #54

Feb 022013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that there was a strong gasoline fuel odor coming from inside and outside of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that there was fuel leaking and that the fuel gauge failed to read the accurate fuel levels. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the service engine warning light would illuminate intermittently. In addition, the contact stated that the key could be removed while in the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Mustang, OK, USA

problem #53

Sep 082012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 67,800 miles
The car would hesitate intermittently while driving and would not move forward. Also on September 24, 2012 the car would not start, just crank, eventually it did start and I took it to libertyville Chevrolet, libertyvile, ilinois, for service and they replaced the faulty ignition switch. I believe the scope of the General Motors recall should be expanded to include this make and model. I have notified General Motors and received a case number, [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Vernon Hils, IL, USA

problem #52

May 282013

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
My car kept cutting off and wouldn't start. So I took it to the dealer I purchased it from and they replaced the ignition sensor in it.. now it sometimes don't want to crank, they claim there is nothing wrong with it and thy cant figure it out.

- Beaufort, NC, USA

problem #51

Jun 112014


  • 80,000 miles
Car starts, however check engine, brake, service light all come on. Power steering does not work, nor does rear wiper. Have in past been able to reset the issue by pulling and replacing fuses which solves issue temporarily. However that fix no longer working. Also, need to wrench hard on steering wheel to be able to start ignition. Once on, able to remove key while vehicle is still running.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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