2008 Saturn Vue engine NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,137 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2008 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 132012


  • 39,000 miles


I have reported this to the dealership with my warranty an know it has expired an my car is getting worse it is completely pulling back while driving I feel like my life is in danger I need some help..

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 252012

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
While Saturn was still in business, the front engine seal went out between 25-30,000 miles. This was covered under warranty. Now at 55,000 miles the head gasket is leaking antifreeze right front. Really, at 55,000 miles! what's next? by the way the front crank seal is leaking again.

- Beech Creek , PA, USA

problem #6

May 182010

Vue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact noticed a smell from the vents while driving at 15 mph. He turned off the air conditioner and the smell became stronger. Within seconds, smoke began to emit from the instrument panel. The contact pulled over and inspected under the hood; he saw that the engine compartment was on fire. The vehicle was totaled and towed to an authorized dealership. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 16,000. Updated 01/12/11 updated 02/11/11

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 222010


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue xr. While driving 70 mph the vehicle lost power and stalled. This failure has happened at lower speeds as well and immediately after a regular service check was performed. The current and failure mileages were 58,000.

- Altanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 302009


  • 14,000 miles
I have a Saturn Vue and am going to be having another baby, I have been told by my car seat inspector that the only safe and correct place to install a forward facing car seat is in the center seat, however the vehicle is not wide enough to then fit an infant car seat next to it. I am not willing to compromise the safety of my children because Saturn cannot design a back seat to accommodate child car seats. I have had little help or suggestions about what can be done to remedy the situation and do not want to be stuck with a vehicle that is not safe for my family to be in.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 142008


  • miles
Engine overheating warning like came on and then the check engine light. Took it immediately into dealership who informed me that head gasket blew and I need new motor-had no coolant. Wasn't aware of any leaks or problems. 3 weeks before my dash lights went out while driving. Now the odometer reading indicates 7000 miles more than what it should be.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 012008


  • 2,100 miles
I bought a 2008 Saturn view and had it 3 months 2,000 miles. August 1,2008. I was driving it down brandt pike and all a sudden smoked started pouring out around the hood and into the car. It had a terrible smell to it, like burning plastic and chemicals. I got out of the car as fast as I could. A guy popped the hood and it was a blazing. Fire dept was there.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 292007

Vue 4-cyl

  • miles
I picked up my brand new 2008 Saturn Vue from the dealer September 27th, 2007. Upon driving it to my office I noticed a squeaking noise coming from the passenger side to which the sales person advised it was because they had stored the cars in doors. Knowing nothing about cars I took the car and left. Shortly after that I noticed the noise upon starting the car. I have taken my car in 3 times since picking it up for this issue and have been advised that Saturn designed the car this way which does not seem logical to me. Now I am at about 1,200 miles (it had 300 on it when I purchased it which seems now suspect to me) and the squeaking issues has gotten louder and more frequent. I have since contacted the dealer and am awaiting a response.

- Monticello, IN, USA

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