NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,007 miles

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2005 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 122012


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key failed to release from the ignition. The failure recurred multiple times intermittently. The contact mentioned that the key would come out from the ignition while the vehicle was running. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 082007

Vue 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Faulty ignition! needs to be included in the GM recall!!! I am not certain on the dates of the incidents or the mileage - that is all on file at merit Chevrolet in St. Paul, mn - I placed this information in the form because it is required in order to submit - I can retrieve the dates of service and mileage if needed otherwise, the repairs are filed!!! the ignition switch locks up - unable to turn the key to start the vehicle. Takes great manipulation (jiggling) to get it to turn. Eventually, completely locks and must be towed to repair. Only have 1 car key and 2 house keys on the ring. Have had new keys cut. Ignition still fails and it is getting ready to fail again! key has also come out of the ignition while vehicle is running - same issue with GM ignition involved in recalls. Ignition has been replaced under warranty at minimum....2 times through merit Chevrolet on hwy 94 & century/120 in St paul mn. May have been a third replacement at another repair shop at owner's cost - looking for the receipt and location for that. The ignition is getting ready to fail again. The 2005 Saturn Vue needs to be included in the current GM recall!!!

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #8

Mar 042014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the ignition failed to turn when attempting to start the vehicle. The ignition key needed to be manipulated several times before the vehicle finally started. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The key detached from the ignition and landed on the contact's lap while the vehicle was in motion. The contact parked the vehicle and removed the key from the ignition, but the engine was still running. The key was reinserted and manipulated several times before the vehicle was able to be shut off. The failure occurred consistently. The manufactured was notified. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Lawrenceville, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 132014


  • 139,068 miles


Ignition will not unlock with key. The key will not turn ignition to start car. Sometimes after shaking key up to 15 minutes the key will finally turn and car will start.

- Adena, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 042012


  • 80,000 miles
The key became very difficult to turn the ignition on. I used the second key and it worked better for a few years but is becoming a problem again. I do not have anything heavy hanging from the ignition key. I also discovered that the ignition key can be removed while the vehicle is running.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 112012


  • 165,000 miles
The key can be pulled out while the car is running. I did this by accident about 2 years ago. It has happened several times since. I just read the article about the current GM recall in the usa today newspaper. I'm not concerned about it being a safety issue as I understand it. I try not to pull it out anymore as I think that would loosen it up more. I don't think it ever goes out of the run condition. I did feel though that GM may have excluded my vehicle (the Saturn Vue's) even though I felt they had similar/same parts as the ones in the recall campaigns. I believe there are several oem's (if not all when the vehicle gets old) that have this issue and I also believe that it is not a real safety issue. The customer knows they have an issue which makes them share on the liability.

- Goodrich, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 122006


  • miles


The ignition on this car keeps locking up..I have taken it to a dealer thinking there was a recall for this. I would love an opportunity to talk to someone about this.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 032009

Vue 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
This is an ongoing problem that has occurred multiple times. The 2005 Saturn Vue has the same ignition switch problem that GM is addressing in their current recall. However, this car is not listed as part of the recall. When the vehicle is in drive at any speed, the switch can turn easily into accessory mode. This turns off the engine and also disables multiple safety features (power steering, power brakes, and airbags). The situation this creates is extremely dangerous. Additionally, the key itself is able to slip out of the ignition while the engine is running with the car in drive. This too can happen at any speed. Despite numerous reports from consumers it appears this model has not been included in the recall as it rightfully should...updated 06/09/14 updated 06/12/2014

- Goshen, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 282011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the ignition seized, making it difficult for the contact to turn or remove the key from the ignition. A local mechanic replaced the locking system. The contact sent a certified letter to the manufacturer in regard to the failure and was awaiting a response. The failure mileage was 88,000 and the current mileage was 90,000. Updated 10/18/11 updated 03/01/12

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 102007


  • 28,000 miles
Key gets stuck in ignition and will keep car running. Sometimes won't even turn car on with the correct key. Takes over 5 mins each time jiggling key to get key cylinder to turn over to start the vehicle. This happens on a daily occurrence and has not seemed to get any better.

- Dover, DE, USA

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