2008 Saturn Vue windows / windshield NHTSA complaints: Visibility

NHTSA — Visibility Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,088 miles

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2008 Saturn Vue windows / windshield problems

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2008 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 032014


  • 154,612 miles


This is the third time the drivers side sun visor and bar that extends visor was scalding hot! I turned the visor to the window for sun and burned my hand on the metal bar which did not have a plastic covering on it this time after a repair from October for the same issue. The overhead airbag was warm to touch and the lights in the car were shorting on and off continuously, even after the car was off and keys were out of ignition.last time in ocober 2013 had repair and bought anew battery because it run down after lights stayed on all night at the dealers until they worked on it.this was a very scary situation each time this happened because the car smelled like it was going to catch on fire! I burned my left hand fingers and went to urgent care upon returning home, luckily I was not too far away. I have paid for the repairs from pat moran's Chevrolet and would like to warn you of the possible fire issue here. The stress from this experience was awful. This definitely should be on a recall for this vehicle, as I have heard others with the same problem occurring..the simple fact is that the repair should of been done in October and this never happen again, but I know they did not replace the plastic covering also on the metal bar which extends the visor and this is where I touched it to turn and extend. I was told it was deemed safe from a repair in October, it was not. I may be possible that the high resistance short in the drivers side visor resulted in the BCM sensing an overcurrent issue. The BCM might of been removing power to that circuit as a matter of preservation. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle now after I have had another yet drivers visor put in and also a passenger side visor which is what the dealers blamed it on this time. Last time the blame was on a passenger pres module program--.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 032011

Vue 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The Saturn Vue I own is a 4 cylinder and the heater core is cracked just as GM's document id[xxx] describes. I started to smell antifreeze coming from the vents, on about 9-3 we have gone to a restaurant that night and when we came out to go home, the inside of the windshield was fogged up, I tried to use the defrost setting to clear the windshield but it had no effect, I had no rag to wipe the inside of the windshield so I wiper it with my hand to get some visibility, I was forced to stop several times on the way home to clear the windshield by hand. I called Saturn GM concerning the issue and they had me take the car to a GM dealer who confirmed that the heater core is cracked. GM claims they have a customer satisfaction program to fix this issue so the heater core will not crack but they claim that my car is not in the programs group. The program reroutes the heater hoses so that internal pressure build up is reduced to a safe level and prevents the heater core from cracking the programs number is #09206A. From what I can find out the program started in 2009 and was to end 1-2011 but it has now been extended to 1-31-2012. As I said above they claim that the defect is for a group of Vues with serial numbers 8S500002 to 8S645537 which would not include my car. If you read #09206A it describes what has happen to my heater. They state in this document " we have learned that your 2008 model year Saturn Vue, equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, may have been built with a heater core that could eventually fracture due to pressure fluctuations within the heater core. If the heater core fractures, you would notice a strong coolant smell, vapor or mist coming out of the heater vents, and or an oily film on the windshield." This is what is happening to my Vue confirmed by the GM dealer and reported to GM. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 172011


  • 81,782 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving, the windshield wipers stopped functioning and the driver began to hear a clunking noise. The contact inspected the vehicle and realized that the plastic bushing was cracked. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the wipers transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 81,782 and the current mileage was 81,800.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 152010


  • miles


When I'd use the windshield wipers, I lose all power to the drivers side headlight and the blinker would not work, all while the fluid is running out the back windshield wiper connection. I had the Vue in for the same issue 4 times and was told this was a warranty issue at the beginning and when they finally fixed the grounding box and replaced the so called lifetime headlamp, I was charged $364. Not warranty covered. This started at around 36,000. GM screwed us Saturn owners big time.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009


  • 60,000 miles
The driver side vanity light/visor became damaged when the internal pins that stop the visor when sliding out to adjust broke and shorted out the wiring. The wires, which run through the metal visor pole would short out and heat the metal to extreme temperatures, causing burns to the hand and possibly be able to start a fire. Dealership stated that they could not find the problem and refused to fix it. I disconnected the visor for time being until proper repairs could be made.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

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problem #1

Mar 012008

Vue 6-cyl

  • 135 miles
I can not utilize the inside rear view mirror totally, because the top half of the inside mirror is taken up by the backside of the onstar panel, it is what you see in the mirror. Also, the rear seat head rest take up the lower half of portions of it, so I have to keep the rear seats lowered all the way down to utilize the lower portion of the mirror. So now I have a 2 seat SUV. When people are sitting in the rear seat, especially with 3 people, you have no mirror view at all. Dealer said front mirror cannot be relocated and glued because of the wire going to it and the rain sensing windshield. There are a lot of dead spots in this vehicle, as to seeing your way clear! tried to remove rear headrest but was unable to.

- Liverpool , NY, USA

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