2008 Saturn Vue steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Saturn Vue (Page 3 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 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Jun 212011

Vue 6-cyl

  • 44,200 miles


Whirring/whoosing and slight groaning/vibration coming from steering wheel when turning from a stopped position and at low speed. Power steering fluid was low and filled at that time. Symptoms continued. Vehicle was diagnosed and repaired by GM service. The steering shaft boot was greased and the technicians replaced the steering gear assembly rack and pinion. Additionally, the steering pump was flushed and filled and a front end alignment was performed. Although we were out of warranty, the original estimate was half and the parts were noted as "good will parts only/warranty". we appreciated this gesture from GM; we absorbed the labor costs. Since the repair we have begun to notice a slight groaning/vibration again when turning at start-up. This seems to disappear while driving. Note: Having done some research, our issue seem to be a problem with some 2008 Vue vehicles.

- Pomona, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 032011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
2008 Saturn Vue electric power steering failed as it was being driven on the expressway putting my entire family at risk. Car is less than 3 years old. I was able to force onto the shoulder of the road.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 082010

Vue 6-cyl

  • 40,159 miles
Currently my 2008 Saturn Vue is having issues with the power steering repeatedly going out in the vehicle. I will lose power steering for up to 10-30 seconds, primarily at low speeds. It is occurring about 5-8 times per week. The vehicle has been taken to a dealership for repair 5 times. The steering gear has been replaced, the hydraulic power steering has been replaced and including the rack and pinion and the power steering pump has been replaced. The vehicle still continues to lose power steering.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #4

Aug 132010


  • 55,000 miles


Vehicle was driven approximately 1.5 miles. I spent 30 minutes inside and then upon returning to my car discovered that the power steering was no longer working. The car was turned on/off several times and the failure light remained as well as the failure. Car was barely drivable to get home. GM was called and they stated there were no recalls on such a part. Car has less than 60K and is less than 3 years old. An online search indicated that this has happened to other 2008 Vue xe owners; the Chevy cobalt, which has a similar system and engine, seems to have recalled the part. Parts were replaced and old part is available.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #3

May 052010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact observed an unusual noise coming from the steering shaft. The dealer performed a diagnostic and advised the contact that the intermediate steering shaft would need to be replaced and advised a booth modification. There were no recalls for the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 52,000.

- Maysville, KY, USA

problem #2

Sep 272008


  • 175 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The driver states since the day he brought the vehicle he has had a power steering problem. The driver states this happens while slowing down under 5mph to make a turn. The vehicle was looked at by the dealer and they agreed that the steering rack needs replacing and would replace it free of charge. The driver states after having repairs done at 9,000 miles he drove the vehicle and it was still having problems. Driver also states he had to then drive the vehicle for 4 months until the dealer got new parts in. The vehicle is with the dealer again. The failure mileage was 175 miles and the current mileage is 22,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 052008

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph and experienced difficulty in steering the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two separate occasions to have the steering column shaft replaced. Additionally, the floor shifter failed to release into gear. An unintended acceleration occurred at any given speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on different occasions to be repaired which consisted of replacing components such as; floor shift assembly, acceleration pedal engine mount, and the front suspension drive train motor mount. The intermediate shaft was also tightened. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunctions. The failure mileage was 1,000. The current mileage was 27,000. Updated 04/15/10. The steering column, steering shaft, gear assembly, engine mount were all replaced. Updated 09/30/10

- Sun City Center , FL, USA

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