NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Saturn Vue (Page 4 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,720 miles

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2006 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2006 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #9

Jun 212012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 62,065 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started, smoke was coming from the steering column. The fire department was notified who removed the steering column from the vehicle. The fire department informed the contact that the wiring on the turn signals and the light switches were burned. No one was injured and a fire report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 62,065. Updated 08/01/12

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #8

Nov 012010


  • 80,000 miles
2006 Saturn Vue. Front passenger air bag indicator light will not come on even with a heavy person. I was informed it was the seat warmer. Bad design! will cost $900 to fix.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #7

Aug 222011


  • 8,516 miles
My 2006 Saturn Vue key will not turn in the ignition. The steering wheel is locked and will not turn to the left however it will turn very slightly to the right if pulled hard. For 4 hours 3 different people tried to jiggle the key that I had been using and my spare while turning the wheel. After blisters and sweating in the 98+ degree weather we had to call a tow truck. The driver again tried several things and looked at me and said that this was a serious problem. A total inconvenience being at work and having an infant. My vehicle has been towed to a GMC dealership. I am seeing this same problem reported constantly.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #6

May 102010


  • 65,000 miles


The key will not turn in the ignition to start the engine and/or to stop the engine. I was told that the key was worn out and needed to be replaced but this did not fix the problem. This has occurred on a daily basis sometimes not allowing the vehicle to be turned off and at other times not allowing the vehicle to start up. If the vehicle stalls on a busy highway and cannot be started, this is a serious safety concern as well as if the vehicle cannot be shut down in case of an accident or fire.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #5

May 222010

Vue 4-cyl

  • 45,200 miles
Ignition switch is difficult to operate, added graphite lubricant but only partial relief. Other models of same year having same problems. GM should recall and replace switch.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012009


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the fuses that regulate the tail lights and instrument panel constantly blow out. The failure has occurred five times. He has not taken the vehicle to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 25,000.

- Bel Air, KS, USA

problem #3

Nov 232008


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. While driving 40 mph, the contact slammed on the brakes and struck a dog. The front fender and bumper were damaged. The contact was not injured. The fog lights were detached from the vehicle and the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The air bags failed to deploy. The dealer stated that the air bags did not deploy because the seat heater circuit was connected to the air bag sensor. Repairs could not be made to the air bag or air bag sensor because the element burned out. The failure and current mileages were less than 50,000.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 162008


  • miles
My 2006 Saturn view was discovered to have wiring located directly above the fuel tank chewed causing the metal exposure of the wire. This wire was not shielded, as should be, and due to location above fuel tank could have been a deadly situation due plastic fuel hoses just below the wires. All wiring into the fuel tank and adjacent to fuel lines should have extra shielding in case of not only chewing by rodents but possible rubbing actions.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 122007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
2006 Saturn Vue with 18,000 miles. Three times, while my 73 year old mother was driving, the entire warning light cluster has come on while driving. The first occurrence she pulled over and stopped the motor. She restarted it and the lights remained on for about 1 mile, the vehicle seemed to be working okay, then the lights went out before she got home. She reported it to the dealer (it is a lease vehicle). They asked her to drive it in the following day; they could not duplicate the problem and returned the car to her. The same thing happened about two weeks later. This time the lights remained on and the dealer said it was traced to a bad electrical connector. They replaced the connector and returned the vehicle to mom. About two weeks later the lights all came and the electronic power steering system failed. Mom could barely turn the wheel enough to pull over. Fortunately she was stopped at the time talking to a friend on the street near her house. If she had been in traffic there surely would have been an accident. The dealer sent a tow truck right away and picked up the vehicle. They have replaced an electronic module and the lights stayed on; they now have changed the main computer and a totally different bank of lights came on. Now they are working on getting her a different vehicle, one that she can feel safe in. Even if they replace everything in that Vue and get the lights to stay off she does not feel confident about driving it -- if the steering fails in traffic there will be a wreck and possible injury/death. The dealership in Colorado springs where she leased it from is doing everything they can to make things right -- their service has been great, just a piece of junk system in the 2006 Vue.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

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