NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,251 miles

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2004 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012013


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key could be removed from the ignition switch while driving. The contact also stated that when the key was removed from the ignition, the power steering and the brakes failed. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #3

Feb 052013


  • 197,000 miles
After driving to work I parked my 2004 Saturn Vue and reached for the keys to turn off the engine. When I touched the key it fell out of the ignition switch with the engine still running. When I investigated further, I found I was able to insert and remove the key repeatedly and without force while the engine was running and the ignition switch was in the run position. I shot a video of this which is viewable at youtu.be/rvemlyqxpp8&feature=youtu.be.

- Richmond, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 042008

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Ignition key fell out of lock cylinder while was running. This is dangerous because if I ever need to shut down the engine and the key were to fall out I'd be in trouble. Lock cylinder sticks and I can barely turn it to start sometimes. This car has only 40,000 miles!

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 112007

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,004 miles
Ignition switch unable to rotate to start vehicle on 2004 Saturn Vue. Dealership charged 75 dollars to clean ignition switch, and says they get 3 or 4 complaints a week for the same thing. Is this a Saturn problem or a personal problem? I've had cars 14 years old and never experienced this before. Now in two days, the dealer has had 7 Saturn Vues come in with the same complaint, from 2004 to 2007 models.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

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