really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,162 miles

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2005 Saturn Vue seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 112005


  • 0 miles


(1) air bags-I was involved in a multiple-vehicle accident caused by black ice in Dec, 2005 and not one of the airbags deployed. This was concerning. (2) brakes-from day one, when it rains, my brakes sound like an old person trying to move. (3) ignition-too many times to mention. When I would put the key in the ignition and try to start the car, it wouldn't move and I'd have to jolt the "frozen" steering wheel to finally get the key to turn/car to start. (4) I've seen both the brakes & ignition issues in other people's posts. Just wanted to put this out there for information's sake. Otherwise, the car's been great to me. 10 years old, only 47K miles on it and I just recently had to replace the battery for the first time ever.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 092014

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
I crashed the front end and no air bags.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 152014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


My son currently drives this vehicle and he mentioned that the key will come of the ignition with the engine in the running mode. This has happened several times and I have brought it to the GM customer service rep that handles the GM ignition recalls. I was advised that the VIN number does not fall in the recall list and was advised to take the vehicle to a GM dealer and have it repaired out of pocket expense.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #6

May 212014


  • 121,000 miles
My daughter was driving through the target parking lot in humble Texas when side airbags deployed without an apparent reason. In previous minor accidents no airbags deployed. Car now has issues with damaged headliner and other expensive parts without a collision therefore I appear to be out the most to repair and to be frank and relatively certain tat vehicle may be worthless due to the deployment of the safety gear.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

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problem #5

Mar 252014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Was driving to work and we had a lite snow the night before. I hit a slick spot on highway and lost control of the car and hit a telephone poll. The car is now totaled, the front end was completely torn off, drivers seat broke, windshield shattered and was partially on the dash. The airbag did not deploy. This resulted in a head concussion, torn right shoulder and badly bruised knees along with minor cuts to hands and face. The man who towed it away also wondered about this. I'm wondering if there was a recall that I haven't been able to find on my 2005 Saturn Vue?

- Charleston, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 052012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 106,115 miles


Front end of 2007 Saturn Vue AWD hit rear end of 2005 Dodge 1500 on his tow hitch. Impact speed estimated at 20mph. Whole front end was crushed inward in a V-shape because of the tow hitch. The front driver side airbag did not activate, allowing the driver to hit the steering wheel on their forehead. Taken to er by ambulance for check up. Car towed away. Why didn't the airbag go off? police officer said that some airbags do go off, and some don't go off. Seems like the airbag should have been activated unless there was a defect or some other extenuating circumstances (which I don't see). Damage amount estimated by insurer at $6666.44.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 062011


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact was driving 45 mph when he crashed into another vehicle that abruptly stopped. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not retract. The contact was injured and transported to the hospital. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #2

Aug 292006

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,200 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 40 mph with prior braking, the vehicle hit another head on. The entire front end was damaged and the airbags did not deploy. A police report was taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop. The manufacturer sent a representative to inspect the vehicle and it was inconclusive on whether or not the airbags should have deployed.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 212006

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,300 miles
Driving northbound on highway 116. Vehicle in front of me started to slow down and slightly pulled off to the right of the highway. At the time before the car in front of me started to slow down I had the cruise control set at 70 mph when the car in front of me started to slow down. I slowed down to about 60-65 mph and pulled off the road slightly. There was a semi truck traveling South bound on the highway I thought either there was something in the road ahead of the car in front of me or the truck was in our lane. The roads were dry and the sun was coming up. As I began to come back on the road my right front tire was feeling wobbly and I either hit the curb on the bridge or a piece of metal causing me to lose control of the vehicle. I ran head on to the southbound side of the bridge then started spinning and hitting the bridge several times. I finally ended up back on the northbound side of the bridge about 3/4 of the way down the bridge. With my front end hitting that side of the bridge. What concerns me is that my air bags never deployed in the vehicle and I sustained neck, shoulder and right knee injuries. At this time the vehicle is at a local body shop with the insurance, and company that makes the vehicle investigates the damage. I have filed a complaint with Saturn letting them know that I believe that this is a product defect.

- Academy, TX, USA

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