2008 Saturn Vue drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2008 Saturn Vue (Page 4 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,594 miles

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2008 Saturn Vue drivetrain problems

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2008 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Jan 012012


  • 90,000 miles


Purchased my Saturn Oct 2011 transmission went out 3 months later January 2012. Saturn replaced it because it was still under factory warranty. August 7th 2013 im getting onto the expressway and my engine light comes on and the car loses power and would hardly accelerate. My transmission control module went out and my warranty company refuses to fix it saying that it is not an internal part. I am beyond pissed.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 252013


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate as the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the transmission would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 08V200000 (power train) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 012013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Transmission 35R clutch wave plate failure requires complete transmission rebuild. Vehicle was properly maintained at appropriate service intervals. Transmission started to slip when shifting from 3rd to 4th gear and hesitated to up shift from 5th to 6th gear. Trouble codes P0700 and P0777 were logged when transmission first slipped.

- Belmont, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 292013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


The vehicle has 87,000 miles on it and has always been serviced at dealership. While driving thru a parking lot I felt it shift hard. It drove fine for a few miles, then while in residential area I heard a squealing noise. I stopped and turned off vehicle. Turned it back on and it would not go in reverse. Waited about 30 minutes turned it on again and it would go in reverse but not drive. Waited again for 30 minutes and started it again and it would not go in any gear. There should not be transmission problems at 87,000 on a one owner, well maintained vehicle. The dealership kept my vehicle for 26 days before returning it. GM customer service was not helpful and very hard to deal with. There is obviously a known issue with this transmission. The reason for the 26 day delay is because they had so many in for repairs. While the 87,000 miles was inside the mileage warranty, the vehicle was out of warranty by time.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #8

Jul 052013


  • 76,135 miles
I purchased a 2008 Saturn Vue October 31, 2011 and by July 5, 2013 my transmission went out. I went to get in my car going to work and the truck would not reverse. No warranty would cover the cost.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

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problem #7

Jul 122013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
While attempting to merge from 38th street Tacoma to I5 North accelerated from the off ramp vehicle tachometer climbed, loss of acceleration-power, transmission failure. Shifted to neutral then back to drive with no result. Almost got rear ended by I5 drivers doing 60-65 with my vehicle slowing, shifted into neutral again then back to drive for second time with no result, almost got hit a 4th time, vehicle finally responded to 4th gear in manual mode. Vehicle operated poorly for next few miles until I was able to get off the interstate. Vehicle had to be towed to dealership. There are numerous incidents of the Saturn/GM products that have a defective 35 wave plate associated with the transmission. This vehicle has been serviced regularly last service was 7 days prior to this near accident no error codes or engine lights had come on prior to this happening. Glad to see the federal govt. Can bail out a company that endangers the general public and gambles with the ideal of may it will maybe it won't break, as long as we get money. Society of automotive engineers they should have a new association society of cost benefit analysis. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Milton, WA, USA

problem #6

May 152010

Vue 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. After the repair the contact noticed hesitation while accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time where repairs were performed to the transmission. The contact was unaware of the exact repairs. Additionally, the contact stated the oil pressure light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer performed an oil change but the failure continued. The contact stated that the battery was replaced three times because the vehicle would not start. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 082013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Manual shift mode on gear selector does not work, unable to downshift. P, D and R seem to work normal. Unable to use transmission to control speed on hills.

- Dyer, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 102012


  • miles
2008 Saturn Vue. Consumer writes in regards to defective transmission the consumer stated the reverse gear stopped working and the drive gear started slipping.

- Williamstown, VT, USA

problem #3

Sep 172012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 96,637 miles
Transmission not engaging properly. Vehicle jerks while shifting and does not reach over 60 mph without going to 6 rpms. While in heavy rush hour traffic, the car does not accelerate and the power steering locks.

- Troy , MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 182011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 43,911 miles
Hi I have a 2008 Saturn Vue I purchased it brand new in 2008. In 2010 with about 32,000 miles the tranny was blown, they fixed it free of charge because it was still under warranty. Now that winter it here I went to put my car in manual transmission to go down a snow covered hill and the car would not down shift, it stayed in 4th. (I have not tried to downshift since the new tranny was put in, this was the first time) brought it to the shop thinking it was the tranny and they say it is the floor shifter assembly wiring and is not under warranty. Has anyone else had this issue? the car is not even 3 yrs old!

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 142008


  • 29,875 miles
2008 Saturn Vue is a lemon, bought in West nyack NY, Saturn dealer for 20,078.62..the car was supposed to have been a leased car for 289 per mo, ,instead it was sold, without a warranty all I want is a warranty policy..please help me..dealer told me first I would have a policy, he changed his mind due to greed for money, ,,,I have a Saturn without a warranty do I need a lawyer....

- Henderson, NC, USA

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