NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,368 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.

2005 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 092015

Vue 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Car stalled and wouldn't restart. Towed to garage where they determined the timing chain failed.

- Dartmouth, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 122011


  • 110,000 miles
I own a 2005 Saturn Vue and in June 2011 I experienced A/C failure that took my mechanic several weeks to diagnosis the problem. We order the partfrom milton ruben Chevy dealer and the part was replaced on my Vue at the end of June 2011. As of yesterday I was driving down the road and smoke started to rise out from under my Vue. I pulled over and noted as long as the MA/C was off that the smoke stopped. My husband took it to our mechanic were the same part at the same place split again now my A/C does not work and it is still 100 plus degrees and the part is not even ninety days old. I believe with all the complaints that I have read on the A/C Saturn problems there should be a recall on this part.

- Beech Island , SC, USA

problem #3

May 152011

Vue 6-cyl

  • 104,112 miles
8-10-2011 well I drive a 2005 Saturn Vue redline, I have small baby so when it comes to cold air my A/C is very important. In houston rightnow its been 3-digit tempatures....in may of 2011 my A/C started acting up. When my SUV is idleing it blows very hot air, but when I'm driving it gets colder, so when I stop at a light or stop sign I have to take off pretty quick to get it blowing cold. It is to hot out to be without an A/C expecially for my daughter. I've been online reading hundreds of complaints just like mine for the Saturn Vue. Many have paid enormus amounts of money to try and find out the problem with these A/C systems and most still dont have theirs working right. I cant afford to spend spend and spend trying to find the problem only for the problem to keep happening. So please someone, anyone if you read this help us to solve this problem because we purchured these vehicle with our hard earned money so we deserve to get what we've payed for and I am still paying on mine. 354 a month and final bill around 17,500. I live a block away from a GM dealership but cant afford to pay them to diagnos the problem....

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 192009


  • 30,730 miles
Purchased 2005 Saturn Vue 02/20/08 with 13,000 miles. On 03/19/09 my Saturn Vue broke down. The vehicle was taken to Saturn honolulu and subsequently found to have a defective damper pulley. The Saturn mechanic explained that the damper pulley had walked away from the block which caused the serpentine belt to shred. The shredded pieces got into the timing belt cover causing the timing belt to skip and bending all of the valves. The Saturn mechanic had never seen this happen before and had agreed that the part (damper pulley) was defective. Because this was a manufacturer defect, I thought that Saturn would contact the manufacturer General Motors and correct the problem. I was informed that I would be responsible for paying to have the problem fixed. Estimate cost for repair ($7,000) dollars. I was informed that because the vehicle was purchased from a different dealer that Saturn would not cover the damages. I also was informed that the vehicle did have an extended warrant on it purchased by the original owner, but, because the warranty was not changed to me for the $25. Dollar fee, I could not use the warranty. I really need some help. Thanks.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #1

Nov 102008


  • 67,000 miles
Timing chain broken on a 2005 Saturn Vue at 67,000 miles.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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