NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2005 Saturn Vue (Page 1 of 3)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,294 miles

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2005 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Aug 072016


  • miles


The key can be removed from the ignition while the vehicle is running or not in the off position. The vehicle can be stationary or moving. It has been doing this for months.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #48

Mar 012016


  • miles
Key comes out of the ignition when the car is running. Why isn't there a recall?

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #47

Dec 192015


  • 105,000 miles
Ignition cylinder - key can come out when not in "off" position. For now, it's just happening when parked and draining the battery, but it's unsafe

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #46

Mar 152015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving, the ignition key was able to be ejected. The contact also stated that when the ignition switch was turn to the off position, the electrical functions in the vehicle would remain on, even with the key removed from the ignition.the vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Corpus Christ, TX, USA

problem #45

Jun 222015


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. While driving at an unknown speed, the key ejected from the ignition switch independently and the engine continued to run. The contact was able to shut off the vehicle and restart it; however, the failure persisted and recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Washington D.C., DC, USA

problem #44

Dec 302013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 55 mph, the key fell out of the ignition independently but the engine continued to run. The contact maneuvered to the emergency lane where the vehicle was shut off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #43

May 212015


  • 48,000 miles


Stiff ignition switch right from day 1 when car was new, key does not fall out but jams, also front strut sqeek and creek, sounds like a 100 year old wagon, suppose there was a recall for strut tower bushing, I was charged $410 for the repair in 2005, if anything made it worse, I hardly drove this car it has 81000 km, approx 48000 miles, curious the hatch lock has always been stiff as well and the key gets stuck, sounds to me like a lock problem from the start, did GM outsource the locks like Toyota did with the gas pedals?

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #42

Feb 152015

Vue 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
After a year of complaints both here and to GM with videos proving my Saturn Vue 2005 had the ignition switch issue, Saturn finally recalled it. Myself and others have gotten the notice however it came in a white envelope with black writing that looked similar to junk mail. Also I see it is not noted on your page. GM has confirmed the recall when I contacted them. Why are they not following recall protocol" why is it not listed on your page"

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #41

Mar 022010

Vue 6-cyl

  • 76,348 miles
While driving between 30 and 40 mph the vehicle experiences a vibration in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was allegedly repaired by a GM dealer at no charge. The problem was not resolved. At least 4 other attempts to have GM repair the vehicle were refused by GM dealers even after the repair bulletin was extended into 2015. Not satisfied I contacted someone at GM and asked for a referral to another dealer in my local area. I received it and took it the referred dealer and explained the situation. After inspecting the car they acknowledged the vibration issue but said that before anything could be done the engine block mounts had to be replaced at a cost of approx. $1000. I thanked them and took the car to my trusted regular mechanic. I asked him to check the engine mounts (without telling him what happened at the GM dealer) and give me a report. Upon inspecting, he stated there was absolutely nothing wrong with the engine mounts. At this point, frustrated and angry with GM, I basically gave up. Furthermore, this occurred at the time of the GM ignition switch recall debacle.our Saturn Vue also has a problem with the ignition.on multiple occasions we were not able to remove the ignition key from the ignition switch without pliers and a lot of time. It took over an hour on several occasions to remove the key. We found information online where GM acknowledged there was a problem with the Vue ignition switches, but several attempts to have the switch replaced resulted in refusals by GM dealers. I thought this was odd given the huge recall of ignition switches by GM at the time. We basically received the same treatment concerning the rear end powertrain vibration after the initial repair even though the maintenance bulletin extended the repair period. There was an alternate repair if the first repair failed, but the dealer wouldn't honor it.

- Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #40

Jul 212008


  • 35,734 miles
First occurrence - July 21, 2008 at 35734 miles: The ignition key could not be removed after it was turned to the off position nor could it be turned to the accessory or start position. Saturn of troy, mi replaced the housing, ignition cylinder and keys. Cost was covered by warranty. 2nd occurrence - June 21, 2011 at 57550 miles: Repeat of 1st occurrence. Suburban Cadillac Buick of troy, mi replaced the ignition cylinder and keys. Since I had purchased a extended warranty, my cost was $100. 3rd occurrence - September 28, 2012 at 63,597miles: Intermittently ignition key would not release from the ignition switch without a lot of jiggling and force. Technician at Suburban Cadillac Buick stated that we were not turning the key far enough to release it from the ignition. No action was taken at that time. 4th occurrence - November 3, 2014 at 75778 miles: After hearing a report concerning a GM recall for vehicles which allowed removing the ignition key while the engine is running, I attempted and was able to do this on my Vue. I went to Suburban Cadillac Buick where the technician conformed that this was a fact. He checked the VIN against the recall data base and informed me that Vue was not on the list but that I should have the repair made. The parts had to be ordered and the repair was made on December 15, 2014. The ignition lock cylinder and (2) keys were required. Total cost: $330.36.

- Birmingham, MI, USA

problem #39

Nov 062006

Vue 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles


We have had trouble with the ignition since we've had it. At first we couldn't get the key out of ignition, had to jiggle steering column to remove key. Had the ignition switch cleaned. Now key just falls out of ignition while running. It's difficult to get anyone's attention on this matter since Saturn is no longer available. Rohrmans in lafayette, in. Use to take care of our problems with it, when Saturn went out G.M. directed us to defouws in lafayette. We had a 2003 Saturn before and had no problems with it, so please help us with this problem. Thank you: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #38

Dec 032012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Overall for last several years, ignition key can be removed from the lock cylinder while the engine is running. Also will sometimes jam and not allow the removal of the key without resetting the lock cylinder to the lock position. This is the same problem that GM has issued recall# 14506 for 2003 Saturn Vue's. contact with GM dealer confirms the problem. GM executive customer relations refuses to offer assistance for repair due to the fact that this vehicle is not part of the recall and the age and mileage on the vehicle. I believe that the above recall#14506 should be extended to cover 2005 Saturn as well.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #37

Dec 092014


  • 141,000 miles
Key will come out of ignition while driving vehicle. The key is not locked into ignition at all.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #36

Nov 032014


  • 166,000 miles
Took my car into the shop for the second time in three years to get the ignition fixed. I could pull the key out when the car was running and it became increasingly difficult to turn the key to turn on the car it got to point where it would not turn and wore the key down. As I stated - this is the second incident for this issue and it is not a cheap fix.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #35

Aug 202009

Vue 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Ignition tumbler does not work appropriately and key is easily removed when car is on and when car is turned off it has been very difficult to turn to the on position to start the car. Last week after turning the car off, the ignition tumbler failed to operate in the proper manner when attempting to restart the vehicle. I have been stuck in the vehicle many times fiddling with the key to, try to start the vehicle. This lack of function caused an entire Saturday afternoon, a tow to dealership for repair, inconvenienced me for three days with no vehicle and a very expensive repair. Only to find out that it wasn't covered under warranty because of the year, when this clearly has been an issue with Saturn Vues for the preceding years.

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #34

Jun 112014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway when my Saturn Vue's key fell out of the ignition. There is nothing on my key ring but they key and the keyless remote. I was able to re-insert the key and regain steering control. When this happened, it moved from the "run" position to the "acc" position and locked my steering column. The engine also shut off. I see that the 2002-2004 Saturn Vue has already been recalled for this dangerous defect that has already caused numerous confirmed fatalities and need to point out that according to General Motors, the 2005-2007 Saturn Vue's have the exact same part number ignition cylinder and switch. I am able to remove my key while driving at any time without pressure, and have been able to replicate the vehicle going into "acc" mode whilst moving. This is unacceptable that you will recall earlier model years, but not every vehicle with the same defective part.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #33

Mar 102009

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
On my 2005 Saturn Vue, the key can be pulled out of the switch in the run position, and also the switch is getting very hard to turn to start or to shut off.

- Logan, OH, USA

problem #32

Oct 012011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My key can be removed from the ignition when I am driving.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #31

Oct 032014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
The ignition lock cylinder on my vehicle has been having issues since I bought it. The key will fall out while driving at any speed while the engine is running. After I am stopped and parked, the ignition lock cylinder seizes up and will not allow me to remove key until after I have almost exhausted all options to get it out, ie. Shaking keys, banging on ignition housing, and finally having to use force and almost breaking the key off in the ignition cylinder lock. After leaving it parked over night and the next day trying to start my car, the key is hard to get into the cylinder and hard to turn it to the run position, but you can take the key out at anytime it's in the run position. I have read thousands of complaints online about this ignition cylinder lock issue the same as I am having, and believe this to be a major problem with the 2005 Saturn Vue's manufactured by General Motors. Please advise as this is one heck of a costly repair of over 300 us dollars to replace the ignition system. If you will take the time to research this issue and check with GM dealers on the numbers of vehicles they have replaced the ignition cylinder lock on the Saturn Vue's I am sure you will find a huge pattern defectiveness. My neighbor is a mechanic and she says she's done tons of them over the years on this vehicle in the aftermarket field of mechanic work. She's the one that suggested I contact your organization with the problem. She has done research of internet forums and found thousands of complaints and also on websites that link up to your organization.

- Edgewood, TX, USA

problem #30

Sep 082014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 80,844 miles
After initial start, the car key can be removed from the ignition switch and the motor continues to run. To switch off the motor, the key must be reinserted as usual. There is no resistance in removing the key while the motor is running.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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