hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
213,425 miles

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 222015


  • 188,000 miles


The security system resets it's self very often. I throttles the speed randomly and when you finally get stationary it locks up the fuel so there is no way to start the car untill you do the relearn process which takes 30 min or longer and your lucky if that works. Yes this has all happened to me. I've owned the car for 3 days now and last time it was driving was the day I brought it home after buying it.

- Springdale, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 202014

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving to Maryland from charlotte nc. I was on the hwy going approx. 65. car completely shut off, no noise, no warning. As the car slowed down, I coasted to the side of the hwy to a stop. Looked down at the gear shift, it was in drive. The ignition was in the on position. I put on the break and put the car in park and shut off the ignition. Waiting a few seconds, I turned the key. The car started up and the chime went off. It was the chime that the car makes when you open the door and the keys are still in the ignition.( a series of quick dings) I didn't open the door. All I did was start the car up. I continued, no problem. The same thing happened again on Saturday November 29th, 2014 on the highway going around the same speed. The car jerked slightly and shut off. This time it was at night. I coasted to the exit that was coming up. Had trouble steering because the steering went out, head lights dimmed. Car slowly came to a stop at the top of the exit. Same situation. Ignition on, car in drive. I put my foot on the break and put the car in park and turned the ignition off. Turned the ignition back on. Car started up and the chime that goes off if you open up the door with the keys still in the ignition, went off again. The same as before.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 012014


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. While driving various speeds, the front end of the vehicle vibrated and shook intermittently. In addition, the brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being pressed. The failures occurred numerous times. An independent mechanic stated that the failure may be due to the torque converter. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- La Fayette, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 122014


  • 88,480 miles


While driving 45 mph, the crankshaft pulley on front of engine partially separated from it's hub, causing a drive belt mis-allignment of the pulleys for crankshaft, alternator, and air conditioner. This caused the drive belt running of these pulleys to shred, resulting in loss of electrical power while driving. While looking for a replacement part to repair the vehicle, I found out that GM has discontinued this part, GM part 12606927. Also, I have discovered that a large number of these crankshaft dampner pulleys are now failing, depleting the remaining GM parts stock to zero in the usa, suggesting a defective part design. This dampner-crankshaft pulley fits Saturn Vue 2004 thru 2007 with L66 3.5L 6 cylinder engines, as well as other GM car lines. The resulting loss of alternator power will quickly result in drop in system voltage due to discharge of battery, causing the car engine to unexpectedly shut down. This is a serious safety issue and these vehicles need to be recalled by GM to correct this condition.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

May 192014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 1,397,500 miles
I was leaving work, I entered my car, put the key into the ignition and attempted to turn the key. The key would not turn. The ignition was locked and there was no unlocking it. I called several tow companies as this had happened a year earlier and a tow company came out, sprayed the ignition with wd-40 and it turned right away. I tried the wd-40 before calling the tow company and it did nothing. When the tow truck arrived, he had made a statement that he had seen this a lot with these SUV's. he got the key into the auxiliary position and hit it the key with the hard end of a butt of a knife. This made the ignition slip to the "on" position. I could then turn the key and start the truck. I do not have the money to have this ignition replaced. I feel that this ignition should be replaced as just because it has not had an accident yet, there is obviously a defect with this ignition. The steering column was locked until the key could be turned to the "on" position. I have to leave the key in the ignition at this time so, that I can start the truck and get to work. I am told it will be close to $300 to repair this defect!.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 102014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated while making an abrupt left turn, the vehicle lost all power. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was placed into the park position and turned off for four seconds. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operations. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. There were no diagnostic test completed by the dealer or manufacturer. The failure mileage was 95,000. The current mileage was 104,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Quarryville, PA, USA

problem #2

May 122014

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving car began smoking from under hood (at top of hood on passenger side. Car also began shaking not the steering column but the car itself. It had been shaking intermittently earlier but stopped and then began again when the car began smoking.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012013

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
While in our driveway getting ready to leave in our Saturn Vue, my husband put the car into reverse and started to back up. At this time the lanyard on the key chain got hooked and tugged the key a bit. The entire car completely shut off.updated 06/09/14 after hearing of the recent GM recalls and remembering this happening with my Vue, we tried to replicate the problem while in my driveway, but not in park or neutral. By tugging on the lanyard, the engine turns off when the car is in drive pretty much every time. I have also had the key come completely out of the ignition while driving, but as long as it comes straight out and does not pull at an angle to turn the starter, the car stays on and continues to drive with no key in the ignition. GM needs to look at this model as well as the others. If we can even replicate the issue on demand, there definitely is a problem. I can produce video of this happening with my car on request. Updated 06/12/2014

- Binghamton, NY, USA

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