2008 Saturn Vue steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Saturn Vue (Page 2 of 3)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,617 miles

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2008 Saturn Vue steering problems

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2008 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

May 192014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 97,500 miles


In 2013 I had steering wheel problems with the 2008 Saturn Vue xr and the dealer replaced at the beginning of the year the rack and pinion and front wheels strut bearings and I paid around $900. This year, I start having problems again with the steering wheel ( not being able to steer at low speed and low steering fluid level ) and the dealer cost was $530 replacing the steering pump. GM had a recall on this type of vehicle on the steering fluid line nut but my VIN number was not included. I called GM asking for cost assistance since it is the same system ( steering ) and concerned about safety and the only thing they offered this year was to call the dealer to see if they can assist. This is a lot of money ( $1,430 ) to be spent by a vehicle owner on the same vehicle system ( steering ) that is related to safety and my concern is that the problems will not stop here. This should be a recall since I found a lot of Saturn owners complaining about steering wheel ( components ) issues.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #26

Jun 122014


  • 100,000 miles
Driving down road, went to turn right onto other road when power steering went out.looks to be blown line.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #25

May 072014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
While backing out of a parking spot, my car just quit, locked up steering, everything dead. Could not move the steering wheel or anything. Car did start up again. Drove down the road a 1/2 block and car stopped again, dead in road, no steering, could not operate door locks or anything. Car started again and managed to move the car to a safe spot before it went out again. Nothing was workable. When the car was taken to Chevrolet dealer in llano, tx it was diagnosed as the positive connection to the main fuse box had come loose. The only fix was complete replacement of the fuse box assembly because the main positive lug to the fuse box is only held on by plastic. The design of this fuse box is definitely poor creating the possibility of a very dangerous situation. Had I been driving on the highway at a high rate of speed when this occurred, the outcome could have been disastrous causing an accident and possible death. This poorly designed fuse box with main lug nut held by only plastic needs to be addressed immediately to prevent future accidents and possible death to occupants of the vehicle.

- Doss, TX, USA

problem #24

May 042014


  • miles


My power steering and transmission doesn't work, I just found out that my vehicle is on recall and the dealer never told me.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Apr 242014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 116,401 miles
While driving vehicle on the expressway, the power steering locked up like car had stalled momentarily then regained power. Startled I decided to exit freeway and while making a right hand turn it locked solid again and I heard like a actuator motor make a buzzing sound. This made me very nervous because I lost power twice. I called onstar right away to report incident. This was extremely dangerous. I have driven thousands of cars in my lifetime as I was a former G.M. dealer but I never have experienced anything like this. I am very concerned someone could be injured severely if this problem occurs in this car or others like it.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #21

Oct 142011


  • 38,370 miles


Issue #1 ~ transmission while merging from one freeway to another, driving at a steady pace, the vehicle began to slip. When the slipping began, the delays were short, maybe lasting 10 seconds. However as I kept driving, they began to get longer and longer, in this particular incident. I was able to put my emergency flashers on and move over to exit the freeway. Since the initial time, this has happened several more times with the vehicle. And, because the slipping doesn't occur every time I drive it, I'm being told the issue can not be duplicated... issue #2 ~ power steering as long as the vehicle is being steered straight, I have no complaints. However, the moment the vehicle is steered either left or right, it begins to make a loud roaring like sound. The roaring is especially prevalent when being steered to the left. I've taken the vehicle in twice now to be attended to. Each time I've taken it in, the power steering pump and fluids are replaced. The problem is still present.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #20

Apr 162014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Key wouldn't engage in ignition and steering wheel locked up while parked.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #19

Mar 202014


  • 85,000 miles
During slushy or rainy conditions, car loses power steering momentarily. Issue occurs sporadically under these conditions. GM dealership could not find any mechanical issues with the power steering pump or steering mechanism. Same dealership advised that the power steering pump on this model is located in such a way that during wet driving conditions the drive belt to the pump can get wet and slip, causing a momentary loss of power steering.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #18

Jan 152014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 56,325 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the contact heard a humming noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 56,325.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #17

Oct 252013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Own two of the same kind of a car. Both cars make chirping sounds when turning the steering wheel since the first 10,000 miles. The first Saturn Vue of the same year has less mileage (40000) and the steering wheel is hard to turn while driving. Same is happening to the one listed above at 70,000. These cars clearly have a steering issue since the beginning and GM should look into the matter. The steering is becoming more difficult in both cars which makes me think this is a manufacturing fault. They are also starting to make a lot of noise when moving the steering wheel, aside from the chirping sound.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #16

Sep 032013


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 113,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 072013


  • 59,000 miles
Yesterday (April 7, 2013) at approximately 4:30pm, I was driving on the bay bridge (I-80 E) and my steering wheel appeared to be stuck and it was very difficult to steer in any direction. I slowed down to approximately 40mph and got off at the first exit after passing the bridge (about 10-15 minutes after this started) and went to a safe area where I proceeded to turn off my engine. When I turned my engine back on, the problem was gone. This is the third time this happened since I purchased the car in 2008, but the first time since this problem was repaired at my service shop. The first two times this happened occurred in the last three years and the service shop was only able to do something about it when the problem was taking place at that exact moment. I have documentation for these visits to the service shop. This time on the bridge was also the most dangerous time for this to occur. Now that my warranty is up, the next time this happens, I will have to pay out of pocket to repair this problem (which should have already been fixed the first time). I demand answers from Saturn and refuse to continue to put myself and my family in danger.

- Colma, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 122013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the steering seized without warning. The contact was able to maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the steering rack, column and the module. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Arcola , IL, USA

problem #13

Feb 012010

Vue 6-cyl

  • miles
Started making a rubber on rubber sound when turning. Now at 89000 miles has started to bind and noticeably takes an effort to turn. It does not prevent a turn. Dealer said it is a faulty rack and pinion and will probably cost $900 to repair. It has been suggested that it is common to the Vue.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 052012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 135,500 miles
I parked my Saturn and went into restaurant to eat and coming out back out of parking space and had no steering. I called my dad he researched the problem and discovered that there have been problems with the electric assist steering in this model. We took a hammer and hit the assist motor and steering gear box and it started working. The garage informed us (my dad and me) that there were recalls on other similar models but not this model. What do we need to do to get this problem as a recall because getting on line I have discovered other consumers have similar problems?

- Bolivar, MO, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Jul 182012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving my daughter to hair appointment, taking a sharp curve and all of a sudden I heard a noise, and I lost all steering, we veered off of road and I got the vehicle stopped. We were very lucky their was nobody coming the opposite way, or a little farther up road was a gully!! the pinion was totally stripped out from rack. It really was a serious unsafe situation! and I see I am not the only person to experience this.

- Lisbon, NY, USA

problem #9

May 182012


  • 96,000 miles
While driving, the steering wheel suddenly lost its power steering assist making it difficult to turn and/or unable to turn at all. The wheel would then lock itself with each 30 degree turn. At times, the wheel completely locked up only being able to turn in 15 degrees in either direction. This has been intermittently occuring since Friday, May 18, 2012. The service dealerships state they cannot fix the issue unless they can duplicate the issue upon appointment.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #8

Jul 152011


  • 47,000 miles
My 2008 Vue has had several issues with the steering. It started with the power steering going out for 10-30 seconds. Now there is a loud screeching sound that is occurring when the wheel is being turned. GM has replaced the steering column and other multiple items, but the problem still occurs. The vehicle has been in the shop approximately 10 times over the last 7 months.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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