2008 Saturn Vue engine NHTSA complaints: Engine

NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,617 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2008 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #18

Jan 122017


  • 143,586 miles


Reference # 10945589, forgot to mention vehicle is not and has not show warning light about this.... exp..no check engine...

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 121982


  • 143,586 miles
Once I start driving my automatic 2008 Saturn Vue after a couple of minutes it will not accelerate much. Its like the shifts get stuck around 3rd or so and it smells like burn.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #16

Jan 032017


  • 105,000 miles
There was a recall bulletin issued for my model year vehicle: www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/ucm472842/rcrit-14V614-0055.pdf however, when I contacted my closest GM dealer they said that my VIN was not associated with this recall. This is concerning as the recall is describing the exact problem w/ the car and has been diagnosed by a service professional. One of the connectors on my ECM somehow has become contaminated and is causing the car to unexpectedly die while in use. Also as a result, the tcs/esp/and check engine lights all come on and remain on until the computer can be reset. It has done so twice while my wife has been driving it on the highway, creating very dangerous situations. It strands her on the side of the road until we can get the car started again and off the highway. This has also happened while the car is idling, and while traveling at low speeds off the highway. I understand that only certain vins are involved in certain recalls, but since the problem in the recall bulletin linked above is happening to our vehicle and our vehicle's VIN is not listed, I am concerned there could be others that are not aware of this and could become seriously injured when the vehicle shuts off.

- La Grange, KY, USA

problem #15

May 012016


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. Also, the doors would suddenly lock and unlock and the lighting on the instrument panel flashed. The contact stated there were many other electrical malfunctions that would occur without warning. In order to get the vehicle to function correctly, the contact had to turn the vehicle on and off several times. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #14

Jul 012016


  • 126,000 miles
While driving vehicle the transmission continued to become stuck in gear and would not change gears on it own. I would have to pull over to side of the road, and turn car completely off allow the car to sit for a couple of minutes and re-crank the car forcing car to reset to gear 1. this has happened numerous times while car was in motion on high way and during pull off.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #13

Jun 122016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. While driving in a parking lot, the contact noticed extensive smoke entering into the vehicle without warning. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over into a parking space and a fire erupted under the hood. The contact attempted to extinguish the fire, but the flames were too intense. A fire truck arrived to extinguish the flames. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a yard to be inspected by the insurance company. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #12

Aug 102015


  • 106,000 miles


I had been out to lunch and was pulling into a parking place in my workplace parking lot. I eased into the parking space and nudged the gas to get completely in the space. When I nudged the gas, my car accelerated on its own with such a force the car went over a concrete barrier in the parking space and I then hit a brick and concrete wall that was knocked down. An iron railing was on top of the concrete and that got smashed as well. My car was moving at such a fast and furious speed I had no control over it. As a result, my car was totaled due to the repairs that were necessary. This exact thing happened exactly three years ago in this car and it was the same situation. I was pulling into a parking place at a shopping mall and as I eased on the gas to pull into the space, again, my car accelerated out of control and I hit a truck that was in the space in front of where I was pulling in and my car stopped when it hit the car next to the truck. My car was repairable. Thankfully, both of these times I was in the car alone. I have called GM/Saturn and made a complaint with them....updated 09/28/15

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #11

Sep 172014


  • 60,000 miles
Car is not shifting appropriately when going into reverse. Also notice issues when driving where car appears to struggle shifting to third gear. Has stalled out.

- Saint Paul , MN, USA

problem #10

Sep 252014


  • 70,800 miles
The C5 plate in the transmission snapped causing my vehicle to not shift into gear. No reverse either. Car would not go over 30, RPM's were high. Engine light came on. Cost to fix $1794. Researched problem, bunch of complaints came up, same problem, same make, model, and year. Transmission exchange in lackawanna NY verified that he has done similar vehicles with same transmission, same problem. I'm a single mother needing to get back and forth to work. This should have been labeled a recall being it's a manufacturer malfunction.

- Angola , NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 222014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 38,909 miles
Vehicle stalled while driving, was able to safely pull over to side of road. After vehicle was restarted, it would shift into different gears but would not move. Dealer repair service center states: "38909 transmission 3-5-R waved plate broken and damaged" parts replaced: Seal kit, gaskets, nut, valves, cover, spring, piston, housing, piston, plate kit, plate times 2

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 022014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 89,212 miles


Upon trying to accelerate, the "kicked" and jerked, then slowed slightly. When traveling uphill, and parking, transmission seemed not to have enough power. Rolls backwards while idle before taking off.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #7

May 022014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 234,000 miles
I was driving down fm 1960 I saw white smoke coming from under the hood and through the vents. I turned off the air condition; then grey smoke start being visible from the under the hood. I came to a yellow light and tried to brake but the brakes did not work. When I was able to get the truck to stop, a cloud of black smoke came from the glove compartment and floor board areas. I exited the vehicle and about 30 seconds later the flames engulfed the truck.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 222014


  • 113,000 miles
Vehicle all of the sudden stopped in the middle of an intersection. Everything ran fine as far as electrical, just wouldn't drive. Power steering has been going out many times.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 282011

Vue 6-cyl

  • 41,225 miles
While on our family trip our vehicle came to a complete stall. We had no power, no acceleration no power steering.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 112014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 75,337 miles
Took vehicle in for routine maintenance. Front engine cover leak discovered. Damage to water outlet seal, water pump gasket, crank seal, valve cover gaskets and seals.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

Sep 092013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Took vehicle in for routine maintenance when the front engine cover was discovered to be leaking.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #2

Oct 152013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 71,454 miles
I understand Saturn have had issues in the past with timing chains for which they did a recall. I have a 2008 Saturn Vue that I have had ongoing issues with since I bought it. I was just told noise the vehicle is making is the timing chain however I cant find anywhere that they have a recall for the 2008 Saturn. I am reporting this to avoid future incidents in case the timing chain results in a incident. I cannot afford to replace something that is suppose to last the life of the vehicle.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #1

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

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