NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,647 miles

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2005 Saturn Vue transmission problems

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2005 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 052011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I am recently having problems getting my 2005 Saturn Vue into 1st gear. Called a transmission company who looked it up and said there were a lot of complaints about this very issue, yet there is no recall for it. I only have 60,000 miles on my vehicle. The problem is that Saturn put in a rubber type shifting linkage.

- Rives Junction, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 112011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that after having his vehicle serviced at a local repair shop who advised him that the dealer recommended that he flush his transmission at 60,000 miles. When he took his vehicle into a certified dealer, they advised him to not flush the transmission since he was covered under warranty and that sometimes the flush caused more problems. 20,000 miles later the transmission failed with no warning and the contact was told that it would not be covered under the warranty. The vehicle had not been repaired for the transmission. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Branford, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 172010

Vue 4-cyl

  • 64,990 miles
My transmission in my 2005 Saturn Vue has failed. I was in traffic and the car just stopped as I pressed the gas pedal the engine just revved and the car took a few secs to engage. I have 65,001 miles on the vehicle and I have not had any luck in finding the transmission to fit this vehicle.

- Waterford, VT, USA

problem #6

Jul 262010


  • 35,533 miles


At 24,000 miles this 2005 Saturn Vue needed the entire brake system replaced. Then when backing up and then putting the car in drive it would not speed up. I had to stop, put it in park, put it in drive again before it would move. This was at 28,300 miles, turns out the transmission went and had to be replaced. Now at 35,533 the drive shaft is rusted and center support is blown out. I asked Saturn what the life expectancy of this vehicle is and received no response. There were no accidents related to these failures because I realized something was wrong and took it in for service immediately. However, this vehicle has had more serious and costly repairs at 35,533 miles than vehicles with over 100,000 miles. Driving it is very stressful as I never know what will happen next.

- Eatontown, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 252009

Vue 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the transmission failed twice while merging into traffic at various speeds. Before the failure, the transmission made a grinding noise. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that a new transmission was needed. Three months prior to the most recent failure, the dealer claimed to have installed a new transmission in the vehicle; however, the failure recurred and the consumer had a crash. The consumer hit the side of a tunnel. The failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 4/14/09 the consumer did not state if she reported it to the police. Updated 04/17/09.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #4

Mar 012006

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Car loses power.  happens frequently in heavy traffic, and has nearly caused several accidents.  this has been going on for three years, and has gotten progressively worse.  Saturn says there is nothing wrong, but it will cost us $1200 + to have it diagnosed and possibly repaired. The consumer stated the transmission slipped from drive to neutral while in traffic. Updated 09/23/09

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Apr 252008

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Saturn Vue V6 transmission failure at approximately 86,000 miles.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152008


  • 54,000 miles
I own a 2005 Saturn Vue with 54,000 miles and have, for the past year, experienced a shudder in the transmission between 25 and 40 mph. The shudder occurs regularly during slow acceleration. The dealership hasn't, until recently, been able to diagnose the problem. The dealership has now told me that I need a new torque converter, which will be installed tomorrow. In addition, I've been experience squeaking in my suspension everytime I turn or go over a bump in the road. My car is only 3 years old and shouldn't be experiencing these problems. I will now be taking my car back to the dealership to have the suspension looked at.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 032005

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Many incidences of Saturn Vue rolling backwards non-stop in drive (gear). Told upon each of 5 reports that all automatic transmissions roll backwards in drive. Vehicle has also rolled (not slid)4 times forwards in park down the driveway into the road with all wheels rolling. It has rolled backwards once with all wheels rolling. Vehicle needed to be entered an emergency brake pulled. Nothing has been done to date.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

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