NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,544 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 132014


  • 85,987 miles


I took the vehicle to my auto repair shop because of the recent onset of an unusual rumbling sound when decelerating. After a test drive and inspection the mechanic wrote these comments on the repair invoice. "determined front frame rusted through causing extreme movement of engine cradle and engine assembly. Unibody is rusted out. This vehicle is probably totaled and this information should be given to the NHTSA. Caution: This vehicle is dangerous to drive and should be taken off the street immediately." Both the mechanic and myself feel that this shouldn't have happeded to a ten year old car with less than 86,000 miles that has been prperly maintained. The mechanic also photographed the damage. Your prompt attention would be greatly appreciated.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 292014


  • 88,000 miles
I tried to restart my engine. Although it turned over, it wouldn't start. So I took my car to a certified mechanic, and he concluded that there has been a shortage in the system, which caused a fuse to be blown. He replaced the fuse, and my car still didn't start. After that, he used his diagnostic machine, and saw that I needed a new ignition switch, which is why it didn't start.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #8

May 112011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
The transmission is faulty, and costs more to repair than the price of the entire vehicle.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 192009


  • 90,000 miles


I would like to file a complaint on my 2004 Saturn Vue. I have done a lot of looking around on the internet and found that there has been a lot of timing chain failures on the Saturn. I recently had mine go out on my Vue at 90,000 miles and am in the process of getting it fixed which could cost me upwards of $2,000. Is there any form of a recall O this and what are if any are my options for either Saturn fixing it or reimbursing me any amount. Could you please contact me with any information you have. Thanks in advance for your help.

- Robinson, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 062009


  • 107,000 miles
Repeated failure of ignition control module/coil pack on 2004 Vue 2.2 ecotec motor caused damage to catalytic converter and O2 sensor January 6, 2009 then again March 31, 2009.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 282008


  • 34,000 miles
Car had a strange ticking noise, dropped the car off at Saturn dealer ship and was told that I needed to replace a timing chain, for a fee of 1,000 dollars, I searched NHTSA and found a recall exactly like this one but for a 2001 only. My car is a 2004 and only has 34,000 miles.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 252007

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,050 miles


Saturn Vue AWD 2004 piston rod became bent, according to a mechanic that looked at the car, although there was plenty of oil in the cam case, the engine wil not run and needs to be replaced. I would like to know if there were any recalls on this model vehicle concerning the engine.

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 262004

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
I have unfortunately owned my Saturn 2004 Vue for 2 years. The first 3 months of having it, after having to replace my 2003 Vue for all the problems it had was in the shop the first 4 months of purchase. The power engine failure light would go on and I would lose all power to the car. They had no idea how to fix it. Then the back windshield shattered. The gas mileage is horrible and the whole gas tank and odometer has had to be replaced. I would feel the car up with gas and the odometer would go to full and move back up to half full. The car is in the shop again for throttle and engine problems again. Have had the real displeasure of working with a very rude lady at Saturn by the name of marcia who clearly does not care about ones safety in their vehicle. According to Saturn the newer vehicles have had these problems fixed. However, I must say having been a Saturn owner for 12 years now my faith in their product is gone.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #2

Mar 012004

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine stalled at various speeds, which was dangerous while on the road. Took vehicle to dealer for a check up, but the cause was undetermined. Vehicle accelerated too fast when pressing gas pedal to start auto after stalling.

- New Hartford, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 192004


  • 2,400 miles
New vehicle with less than 2,500 miles-2004 Vue. They want to "fix" replace/repair engine failure. We know that other systems can/will be affected by total breakdown on interstate-immediate engine blow-no power etc. We are not satisfied with the "offer" of repair and minimum "warranty" coverage as "additionally courtesy offer".

- Hinckley, OH, USA

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