NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Vue (Page 1 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 1 of 5)

problem #82

Oct 122016

Vue 6-cyl

  • 130,158 miles


While driving the vehicle, the power steering was lost making it extremely difficult to steer the vehicle as there was no electronic assisted steering at that point. In addition, the digital components on the dashboard (speedometer, fuel gauge, etc.) lost power. The power steering would go out intermittently while driving making it very dangerous to operate the vehicle.

- Newhall, CA, USA

problem #81

Oct 122016


  • miles
My steering is hard to turn when I start my car, then after messing with the lock and unlock button the steering wheel releases. The lights on my dash start flashing it goes on and off. The fuses are fine it's something else. There's no place to put power steering fluid? help.

- Asheville, OH, USA

problem #80

Sep 222016


  • 110,000 miles
Both the driver side and the passenger side air bag warning indicators comes off and goes continuously. I wonder why there was a no recall as so many complaints were placed already

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #79

Jul 222016


  • 100,438 miles


We were passing a truck, then the throttle stuck and the vehicle would not slow down, we finally got it in neutral and pulled over. This was very scary. And now my electrical is all messed up. I am scared to drive it. I don"T have the money to get it repaired. I now have to take the bus or bum a ride. I paid $6500 for this car.. any chance I can get help from GM. I really like the car. But feel it is to danger ous to drive. I am a 24 year old single mom. Help! thanks. Hannah grisedale.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #78

Dec 152015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. While parked, the vehicle failed to start. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #77

Aug 152014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. While driving 55 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but failed to respond. The vehicle lost power. The vehicle was restarted and loss of engine power error message displayed. In addition, the contact was unable to lock or unlock the doors. On another occasion, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted after disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was a communication failure, but the technician was unable to determine what part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Denton, NC, USA

problem #76

Dec 212015


  • 54,000 miles


While merging onto a highway I lost all power. No engine, lights, etc. Almost got run over. Opened hood and replaced the 30 amp ignition fuse and car started. Took to GM dealer and they could not find a problem and original fuse was not blown either. Also hard to turn the ignition key at times. Is this a recall? if not it should be as this was a serious mishap where we could havebeen killed! the car has 54K miles and this was on 12-21-2015 and I took it to the dealer on 12-22-2015.

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #75

Aug 012015


  • 71,003 miles
Upon a cold start, when the vehicle has rolled about ten feet, forward or reverse, with no input on the accelerator, there is a whir from the engine compartment, akin to a stepper motor noise, and the vehicle accelerates on its own. In reverse, applying the brakes stops the car, and then selecting drive, the vehicle responds to the accelerator correctly. The same thing happens in forward, but in most cases the accelerator is engaged to move forward. The problem does not seem to occur when the car is warmed up and being driven under normal use. In reviewing the shop manuals, there is an electronic throttle control motor, which I assume is a stepper type motor, in the throttle body assembly. This is controlled by the throttle actuator control(tac) and the power control module(PCM). I assume that the motor is failing, but have not experienced a reduced engine power mode or engine shutdown mode event. If this part is failing it should be covered by the emission warranty of 8 years/80,000 miles, but unfortunately the car is 9 years old. I will approach my dealer and Saturn about possible coverage under warranty, but have had difficulty with them in the past. I feel this is a safety issue, as it can catch a driver unaware and create a possible accident scenario.

- Paonia, CO, USA

problem #74

Sep 132014


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. Upon starting the vehicle, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that the key could be pulled out of the ignition at anytime. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #73

Apr 062009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key failed to turn over preventing the vehicle from starting. The failure recurred several times. The dealer replaced the ignition switch five times. The manufacturer was notified and provided no remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Linthicum, MD, USA

problem #72

Jun 062013


  • 103,000 miles


2007 Saturn Vue the passenger side air bag light went on and I was told that it has to do with the heated seat malfunctioning. They say that the air bag won't work if the seat doesn't work...... they say it will cost about $900 to fix....... this week, we found out that the ignition cylinder needs to be replaced because the car is not registering the keys, and it is not allowing the car to be started. In addition, the check engine light is now on and the engine is "running lean" I feel that the air bag problem and the ignition problem should be under recalls for sure

- Adell, WI, USA

problem #71

Feb 122015


  • 126,680 miles
Brought my 2007 Saturn Vue to repair a powerful gasoline smell around the rear of car, near gas cap. Said it would cost $332 to lift out fuel tank to see where the problem was. 4 hours later, mechanic said the tank was drenched with gasoline because the lines to the fuel pump were crimped and cracked so there was gasoline leaking out. (wonder why I was refueling so often?) I need a new fuel pump costs $600. I'll be sure to use my 10% off coupon. The worst part was no engine light ever came on to warn me!!!! also within the last 10 months, I have had the battery replaced, 2 new lift gates, brakes and new tires. I have always been good about oil changes/maintenance but I guess new cars are only supposed to last 10 years. Bummer!

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #70

Jun 012014


  • 98,000 miles
Our key started sticking in the ignition and we would be stranded until we could finally get the key to turn. Once the key is turned and car is running, key will fall out of the ignition and onto the floor while driving!! now the ignition does not turn all the way off and must be shut off and the key removed at the accessories position, which leaves lights on and radio, and doors beeping. It is extremely stressful to have the key fall out of the ignition while driving, but to also not be able to completely shut our car off.

- Otsego, MN, USA

problem #69

Jun 102010

Vue 4-cyl

  • 76,545 miles
Ignition locked could turn key or pull out and/or start vehicle. Has happened several times through the years. The most one I am concerned with is the airbag light is on & off, mostly stays on. This started sometime around August, 2014. I have take a picture of it on my phone & will forward with another E-mail. I've checked for recalls on the VIN# & have none. I know there should at least be a recall on the airbags, I've heard. Please take care of this soon as I travel to work everyday & sometimes take my grandchildren in the vehicle with me & I am concern something happens while driving & they are with me. You can send any info to my E-mail address: [xxx] or ph# [xxx]; and/or by mail. Thank you. [xxx]2007 Saturn Vue; (VIN#: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #68

Nov 012014


  • 126,504 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that when attempting to turn the vehicle off, the ignition failed to turn completely into the off position. In addition, the contact stated that the key could be removed from the ignition while in drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition and the tumbler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 126,504.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #67

Dec 022013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
This car has given me nothing but problems the last year or so with the ignition switch.. I can't turn my car on for about 10 minutes. The key will go in to the ignition but it wont turn the car and there has been times that it's gotten stuck where you can't take it out. I have taken it to a few places now but they said I would have to replace it. So that is what I did and again still getting stuck. I have to get a key cut each year because they key looks like its about 70 years old after only 6 months. There has also been times I have been going down the road and the key is hardly in the ignition. What is going on with this.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #66

Nov 012011


  • 45,000 miles
Key sticking in ignition switch, had replaced in 2011 & it started to happen again about 1 year ago, key would not turn so had mechanic look at it and they put lube in it, worked for a while and started doing it again, getting worse everyday, really hard to start, GM recalled a bunch of Saturn for ignition switch just not 2007 Saturn Vue, it has same switch that was recalled so they should replace it but they will not unless I pay for it, not too fare of GM to leave these cars out of recalls, so now I'm stuck. There is all kinds of complaints for key sticking & not starting car for this 2007 Vue, pretty much all Vue's from 2002-2007 as they are the same part, GM needs to do something about this !!!!!!!!, I bought car brand new in 2007 & still own it but I'm stuck cause GM will not fix it even though it the same switch that was recalled on other GM's (2002-04 Vues recalled so why not this one) again same recalled part in my car.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #65

Oct 062014


  • 80,448 miles
My air bag light has come on numerous times in the past year when my gas goes down below a half tank. Steering becomes a bit more stiff when the light is on. It does eventually go out. When I am in and out of the car several times throughout the day the light will all of a sudden come on. My brakes act strangely when the light is on. I have had my brakes done so I know they are okay. It worries me that the airbag just randomly comes on.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #64

Sep 012014

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
Having trouble with ignition. Key is very hard to turn and can come out after car is started and while driving. This is a replacement ignition put in by the dealer after the original ignition started doing the same thing a few years back.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #63

Sep 082014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 80,800 miles
I have two major complaints with the vehicle. The key can be removed from the ignition while in the "on" position and is hard to start. GM has claimed this vehicle is not covered under the ignition recall the second complaint, the vehicle leaks fuel from above the tank which seems to be typical to Saturn Vues.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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