NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,040 miles

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2005 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 152013


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while parked, the ignition key failed to disengage from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 122013


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key would pull out of the ignition while the engine was fully operational. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Rochester, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 222014


  • 119,200 miles
On August 22, 2014, the ignition switch on my 2005 Saturn Vue failed and would not allow car key entry to start the car. I had to have aaa tow the car on a flatbed truck. I contacted General Motors regarding their recent ignition switch recall (dated 08/11/14) and explained the car's problem. GM informed me that my 2005 Saturn Vue was not included in their recall list, and therefore, they could not help me. I contacted the only GM dealership in ri to see if they could help. The manager told me that if the ignition is defective, GM would cover the cost of repair or replacement. However, if it is determined to be the result of normal "wear and tear, " I would have to assume responsibility for repair. The dealership would not be able to diagnose the problem until sometime next week. I believe that my 2005 Saturn should have been included in the ignition switch recall. Is there a way that this can be done? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #2

Aug 012014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The ignition switch on our 2005 Saturn Vue is malfunctioning as described in the Aug 2014 GM recall affecting other models. The key is difficult to turn to start and can be removed while running.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 222005

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,000 miles
On July 23, 2005, I had the oil seal replaced. The Vue had been leaking oil in my garage and other places when I parked. I had to replace the ignition switch on two occasions and was almost unable to get the key to turn. Sometimes took up to 20 minutes or so. On July 22, 2006 I had the air conditioning condenser and seal replaced. It was over 100 degrees. I had to get a rental for this repair. This took several days because the mechanic took my car apart, thought it was repaired, but was not, I was told. Second day of car rental, I was told they ordered the part, but they "sent the wrong part". finally, on the third day, I was told that the car had to be taken apart again to be repaired. I rented a car for three days. On August 6, 2006, I went to leave to pick up my son, the Vue was in my garage and there was no clutch. I had to call Saturn roadside assistance and have my car towed to Saturn of henderson. On August 7, 2006, I had the clutch cylinder, concentric slave replaced. On Monday, December 18, 2006, I was taking my son to the airport to be with his father for the christmas holiday in Michigan. I was attempting to back out of the garage, but could not put the vehicle into reverse. We pushed the car out of the garage. I drove very carefully (a bit concerned thinking it may breakdown) because I was concerned about the possible dangers involved, but had to get my son to the airport on time. I pulled off of the 215 when at that off ramp, all of my gears were suddenly gone. The cables snapped inside and I could not go anywhere, causing me to once again, call Saturn roadside assistance, have the 2005 vehicle towed away again, my son missed his flight to Michigan and I had to miss part of a work day and again rent another car.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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