2009 Saturn Vue brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,833 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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2009 Saturn Vue brakes problems

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2009 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 222015


  • 119,000 miles


The selling dealership lists this vehicles current condition as, "suburb condition." The following inspection comments were provided to me when at this dealership: A) drivers side sun visor broken, doesn't stay in place; B) left front headlight out; C) no heat control (always blowing cold); D) drivers side lumbar adjuster broken off; E) air filter dirty; F) front and rear brakes at 3 mm. Recommend front and rear pads and rotors; G) "small" oil leak near transfer case; H) front sway bar links "rattle" over bumps. An estimate was provided for parts and labor costs, but did not include parts and labor costs for fixing the heat or the engine leak(s). Also, labor costs were not provided for repairing the lumbar support. The total cost for these repairs is several thousand dollars. Based on these inspection results, and my own observation (I.e. the tires dot dates and wear indicate instability in cars performance and safety), the current condition of this vehicle is not "suburb."

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #5

Sep 082015


  • 134,000 miles
The check engine lights was supposed to be due to a catalytic converter was a sure fix, I paid 700 to replace and a day after picking up from my mechanic it is doing it again. It was hesitant at first but then it started again and got worse. The RPM accelerating but speedometer slowing down. I took it back to my mechanic, he read something to me about the replacement of converter, it said to drive it for 1 hour at high speeds to burn off inside the new converter, reset the light which should fix the problem. I had already driven for 1 hour because I live an hour away. I head home and as IżM getting on the entrance ramp to I-75 something came through my vents and in my throat and chest and I start coughing really bad and tightness in chest. I got up to 55mph and the truck started jerking and I noticed the brake pedal was down to the floor and my brakes locked up. It will not go more than 20-30mph. I pulled over to the shoulder and while still in drive the truck will not move. Check engine, ABS and traction lights came on. I called mechanic and he suggested I roll down my windows and get some air because I was coughing so bad and have it towed to be safe. Called onstar and now ABS codes, told to take in for service within 7 days, I advised her cannot drive over 20mph and requested a tow. A state trooper stopped to assist me, said to get in safer place so he held traffic and drove behind me to get off interstate while I wait for tow truck. 7:32pm in the midst of rush hour traffic and 50 miles from home. I was horrified! I waited 2 hours for a tow that never showed, had to get a ride home again. Eventually got vehicle to a GM dealer. I rcvd a call from the service dept with a quote of $5K of repairs to include a brake job because rear pads were metal to metal. Had brakes checked 1week before and had 30% left, leads me to believe it was brake dust making me sick.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 312015


  • 134,000 miles
August 2015 I was on my way home from work around 6:25pm on I-75 the engine started revving and RPM were high and truch felt like I was pushing gas and brake pedal at same time. Check engine light comes on. I thought the transmission was failing. Called onstar for a diagnostic and was told the code is P0340, continue to drive and if more issues take in to dealer. All of a sudden my speed went from 65 to 30 and even though I was flooring gas pedal it would go no more than 20-30 mph. I frantically, somehow was able to maneuver 5-6 lanes of traffic and pull over onto the shoulder. Needless to say I had to be towed. It was only by the grace of god that I was not hit nor caused someone else to have an accident on I-75 in busy atlanta. I was 50 miles away from home and had to get a ride home. After days of research and the repair shop diagnosing the vehicle according to the codes, I had to replace the catalytic converter hub 2.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 152014


  • 80,000 miles


While driving down road acceleration slowed, all instrument panel lights came on, loss full power steering & brake functions, no turn signals, brake lights, fuel gauge went to empty, messages on driver air bag, stabilitrak, tire air pressure, ABS, everything was flashing. All instrument panel lights were on, radio stopped, sudden increased acceleration then decreased again. I got pulled over to a parking lot (which was very hard with brake pedal going to floor & steering almost impossible), turned off car & removed key. Still had all (4) open door lights on and all the doors were shut. They stayed on more than 5 minutes before finally going off. I sat there 30 minutes before trying to start the car again. When I started it everything was working again as if it had reset itself. Yesterday August 31, 2015 was the third time this same thing has happened to me while driving at 45 mph or more. This is extremely dangerous as I drive daily on heavily traveled parkways. Dealerships can not find a problem when I take it to them. They just want to reset the electrical system. It just occurs again so that is not the solution. Need help getting this resolved.

- Greenbrier, TN, USA

problem #2

May 302015


  • 109,000 miles
On freeway @65 mph, after 10-12 miles, sudden deceleration, attempted to accelerate, continued deceleration, no indicator lights. All 4 brakes applied without pedal movement. Pulled to side of rode. Turned off car, inspected tires and underside of car, nothing unusual. Parking brake cycled 2-3 times. Restarted car and drove another 10-15 miles, same unexplained braking, in moderate to severe traffic very frightening, dangerous (05/30/2015). Taken to dealer 2 times, still not repaired after replacing brake pressure modulator valve (bpmv -06/05/215) and the ebcm (07/22/2015 0900). And now a 3rd time. (7/22/2015 1600).

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 202014


  • 65,000 miles
I too am experiencing my brake pedal sticking, seems to drag at times, any ideas, help

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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