NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Vue (Page 2 of 5)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,781 miles

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2007 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #62

Oct 012013

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles


My 2007 Saturn Vue has given me problems with the key, ignition, steering wheel and air bag light. There have been numerous times where the key has gotten stuck in the ignition switch and won't turn or come out of the ignition, leaving me stranded in and out of town. There have also been many times that after entering the key in the ignition, the key will not turn to start the car. When I take the key out of the ignition, the warning signal goes off and I have to put the tip of the key in the ignition just enough to trigger a part of the switch to click into proper place. These things are not normal and are definitely defective. The airbag light will just come an at any given time. It worries me that they will not deploy when I need it or they deploy as I'm driving-a serious hazard. I don't understand why every other Saturn has been recalled for defects other than the Vue for these very same items. Do they not all require the same parts of which we speak of? there are enough valid complaints here and to come to responsibly take care of the matter as soon as possible.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #61

Aug 182014


  • 129,000 miles
Ignition key locked in place and would not turn on or unlock steering wheel causing vehicle to be immobile. This could cause the steering to hazardious if the steering locked while moving. Other GM vehicles, including Saturn have had recalls on the ignition switch.

- Old Fort, NC, USA

problem #60

Aug 012007

Vue 6-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
The key became difficult to turn on, it took repeated attempts to start the car. The switch was replaced under warranty, it started having the same problem again earlier this year.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

problem #59

Aug 072014


  • 118,000 miles


My key can be removed while the engine is running. It does not matter if the car is moving or not.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #58

Jul 232014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
My 2007 Saturn Vue has had numerous incidents with the key coming out of the ignition even when it is in drive.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #57

Aug 012014


  • 230,482 miles
The key will fall out of ignition while driving, also the door locks will fleaker off and on and the reading lights do not go off., I am afraid to have anyone in my car especially my grandchildren, I will be driving and the locks will start acting crazy going up and down causing my grandson to be afraid, can I get some information on why this is happening, it first started with the keys not staying in the ignition, I thought this was odd especially while the car was on. Please help me resolve this issue, I took my car in to be fixed one headlight was out and the fuel pump they installed also the manifold and also the front rotor was all done. Please help me resolve this issue because I do love my car. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oxnard , CA, USA

problem #56

Jan 162013

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles


For about a year and a half it has become more and more difficult to get the key to turn in the ignition switch. Now it takes about 5 minutes of trying to finally get it turn to crank the Vue.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #55

Aug 072014

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
For a couple of days now my radio will change channels on its on. The dial will display crazy characters and I will have to put it back on the original channel just to have it go back to the channel of its on choice. For years now I have had wind noise on the driver side and the passenger bag light has come on at different times and I had to stop my car sit in the seat to reset it. I initially thought it was just my vehicle but after looking here I see its not just me. I have had to have my windshield wiper system totally replaced and my ignition worked on at the dealership already one time and it is now acting up again. My husband choose this car for safety reasons and gas mileage and I have loved it for mileage and being able to pack a lot of luggage. He hates to travel in it due to the wind noise. We had the dealership check it out and nothing could be found. I am hoping that a recall will help us get something done with the wind noise and electrical problems. Please help before it causes a fire or something. I do have a child.

- Cochran , GA, USA

problem #54

Mar 032014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
You can take the key out of the ignition while vehicle is in the run position. It's very easy to remove the key while in this position.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #53

Aug 112014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
I have had my Saturn Vue for just over 2 years. Last winter I noticed that sometimes I have a hard time turning the key in the ignition. It has been going on now for about 10 months or so. It was so bad today that it took me a half hour just to get the key turned so the car would start! I know I am not the only one with this problem and feel like this should be fixed for everyone! this is a cost we cannot afford. We purchased this vehicle thinking that we were going to have good luck with it as expected when you purchase a vehicle. I have three kids, am in school full time right along with them and do not have the time to try and start my car for a half hour. We live in the upper midwest and our winters get downright brutal, there is no way to sit there for a half hour without heat. I firmly believe that this particular item needs to be recalled. No, there may not be any deaths yet, but there darn well could be with that kind of failure.

- Sterling, IL, USA

problem #52

Jul 262012


  • 98,760 miles


My Vue has mysteriously started emitting a strong scent of fuel before I could get it into a day alert to diagnose and service it I was on the road when a fire started in the rear of my vehicle filling it with smoke. I pulled over and my boyfriend extinguished the flames but my brake light and dash light and instrumentation had been damage from electrical harnesses frying. Also needed to replace fuel pump return system and float as they were the initial cracked cause. Very scary thank god and jesus my baby girls weren't in the car or that worse had happened.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #51

Jan 062014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Ignition key slips out of ignition in all positions. Date and mileage of start are approximate. Additionally, ignition has subsequently become difficult to turn with key, making the vehicle difficult to start.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #50

May 052014


  • 138,522 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition and could not be removed. Contact also stated that the key would not turn in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and was advised that the cylinder was locking. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,522.

- Harriburg, PA, USA

problem #49

May 012014


  • 135,000 miles
My driver side window doesn't go down unless I slam the door. The air bag light on the passenger side goes on when no one is in the passenger seat. Sometimes the traction control light will stay on. The check engine light goes on and off at strange times. The oil change light keeps going on when the oil has just been changed.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #48

Sep 272010

Vue 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
After the warranty expired, my Saturn Vue experienced failure of the ignition lock system which cost me a fee of $141.12 to have it replaced at the A-abra-cadabra lock service in akron, Ohio. The problem was when I inserted the ignition key, sometimes the motor would start, and sometimes it wouldn't. oftentimes, I had to shake the steering wheel to get the ignition to work. Also, sometimes the ignition key was difficult to get in and out of its slot. Because of these ignition switch problems, I feared an accident. According to the owner of the lock service shop, at that time his installation at 09/27/10, the replacement mechanism would eventually give me the same problems, and fail once again. He said it was the only ignition switch available for this vehicle, and only one manufacturer supplier produced the part. He said all of them were defective. GM should immediately recall and replace this part for the Saturn Vue before someone is hurt in the ignition failure. This same ignition switch has already been recalled and replaced in the Saturn ion and other GM vehicles. Why not the Saturn Vue?

- Norton, OH, USA

problem #47

Feb 252014


  • 100,000 miles
I have to turn the wheel back and forth several times and step on the gas a little to unlock the wheel and start the car. It's been doing this regularly since winter. I don't have any big key rings, etc., so that shouldn't be why it's doing that. Also, the airbag light comes on the passenger side when no one is sitting there. In addition, a few times my car has stalled out in traffic. There is something going on with this model year Saturn Vue especially since I've read many complaints of an identical nature. Please recall this year as well and get these problems fixed.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #46

May 012014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the key came out of the ignition and the engine continued to operate. Also, the contact indicated that after inserting the key into the ignition switch she was unable to turn the key to start the engine. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #45

Apr 192014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Car was parked in driveway and the doors locked by themselves. Since then, we have heard the door locks cycle while the car is parked. We also had the door locks cycle randomly as we are driving.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #44

May 122010

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
The key has had many instances of trouble inserting or removing from the ignition. The key can also be removed while in any of the positions. At times the key also has trouble turning between the different positions. Seems to be the same issue that many similar model year Saturn vehicles are having. I Venture the problem is impacting more vehicles than GM is willing to admit. The longer it can push of the repair the less costly it is to the company.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #43

Aug 022010


  • 80,000 miles
Ignition key fell out of ignition while vehicle was in motion. It has happened several times since over the years. It can easily be removed from the ignition even when in the park position. Key can come out of ignition no matter if the key is new, a copy, or showing any wear. I have never kept anything other than one house key and the manufacturer's fab attached since I first took ownership of this vehicle.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

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