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Saturn Vue Transmission Problems

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  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    Hi; I do have the Honda setup. I do not have extended warranty. I never had a leak problem. It looks like Saturn will pay for some issues. I would call them on that. Good luck.
    Earl in Hartland
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    I'm looking at purchasing a 2005 Saturn Vue with a 3.5 V6. The SUV looks great and appears to have been well cared for. However, according to the Carfax report, there are three service incidents involving AAMCO. The first occurred at 89,871 miles, the second at 100,443, and the third at 109,040. The car presently has 122,360 miles on it.

    Are transmission problems common for this year, make, and model? I'm pretty sure this has a Honda engine. Does Honda make the transmission?
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    hi i would advise against buying this car.
    :lemon:
  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    If it is the Honda trans there is definitely issues. Though if ithas lasted this long maybe it will go the distance. I have been wondering if I sould dump my at 88k. Maybe you could check the service record. Earl in Hartland
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    I just found out that the transmission was completely rebuilt at 89,000 miles by AAMCO. The repair bill was over $4,000. AAMCO offers a 3-year warranty, but it's not-transferable.
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    Listen, it sounds like you are in love with this car! lol but there are lots of cars out there for the same amount that will serve you better. I am on my fourth transmission. I've paid over 2k with the Saturn warranty but have been stuck in the middle of the night when it has gone out. Yes, I also have a 3 year warranty but it doesnt feel so great knowing the thing will continue to go out. Right now, I'm at 3 months with the new trans and I feel it slipping again. You really shouldnt buy this car. just advice and probably totally jaded at this point.

    diggy
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    dgomez,

    I see that you are having issues with your transmission. Have you spoken to GM Customer Assistance?

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    yes, I wasted a couple of weeks with a GM specialist who said they were going to look into some solutions. Why do you do this to us? They came back with nothing useful. I feel GM needs to replace my car because I paid my car off and it is back in the shop as of today and will never be 100% fixed. Luckily I have a 3 year warranty so will keep bringing it back for three years. I'm on my fourth transmission. GM said they couldnt do anymore for me since I took advantage of the 50% reimbursement on the transmission. So yes I have spoken to GM assistance.
  • 05vuemn05vuemn Posts: 1
    Wish I would have read online earlier. Just took an '05 on trade and although it seems to drive/function nice, tranny seems 'hesitant' compared to most my past vehicles. No failure or anything, but thought I'd check it out & found all of you. It's got a replacement engine in it - Honda V6, but how do I tell if it's got this vti or what trans? Any proactive or maint suggestions? Probably just have to drive it now & hope for best - has 160k miles on it
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    dgomez,

    Since you have spoken with GM Customer Service, was there a case set up? If so, could you please send me the case number? I would like to look into it further.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • ctenorctenor Posts: 7
    hello everyone ,Just want to say that G M has come through and paid me for the cost of replacing the toqure convertor on my 06 vue which has the 6 cyclinder engine. So as G M has made attonement my faith in G M IS RETORED. if your problems are not being handeled by various dealers, contact gmcustsvc dont give up, thanks ,chuck
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    ctenor,

    I am happy to hear everything worked out for you! If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    It sounds like you are ok at 160k miles and you shouldnt worry. I actually do not know how to find out about the Honda transmission. I am also curious.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited April 2011
    The vti transmission was only available for MY 2002-2004 (and early 2005). It was also only available on 4cylinder Vues.

    The trans in a Honda engine equipped Vue is a Honda transmission. It is the same transmission that is found in any Honda product which uses the 3.5 V6. A common problem with these transmissions is with the torque converter. They are also very picky about the condition of the fluid.

    Step 1 with the Honda trans is to change the fluid - Empty and refill it 3 times with new fluid over the course of a couple of weeks to get most of it changed with new fluid. DON'T GET IT FLUSHED!!!!!
    Also, be sure to use the specific Honda fluid...its called "Z1" No other fluids are compatible ASFAIK.

    Step 2 - there was a recent recall on them where they had to reprogram the PCM. You may want to check to make sure it was done, a GM dealer should be able to look that up for you

    Good Luck
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    Was able to talk the dealer down to $5K. How long can I expect a Vue 3.5L V6 Honda engine to last? What do you think?
  • zoom27zoom27 Posts: 1
    I purchased my Saturn Vue in the winter of 2009. Like the car design and MPG on highway is approx. 27 miles. Can't beat that. This March with no warning whatsoever, I was driving in downtown intersection when the transmission just totally blew out while I was driving under the major traffic light. I thank God that I didn't get hit broadside. I was able to find a re-built transmission with a 100,000 K or three year warranty on it. In total, it cost me about $3200.00's to replace, money I don't have to just spend on a transmission replacement.
    ($800.00 core charge) I am just now processing paperwork and requesting that Saturn initiate a reimbursement to me. My transmission blew out at 75,062 miles. I feel very adamant that they should replace the entire cost. If a transmission is going to just blow out without warning, putting citizens lives at stake, they should be more than willing to cover the total cost of the transmission parts, labor and reprogramming! I am now faced with the Big Decision as to whether I should trade the Vue in and get rid of it, which is what I should do! I have no interest in trusting this vehicle again. It's just so ultimately frustrating! Zoom
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    zoom27,

    Do you currently have a case set up with GM Customer Assistance? If so, could you please email me the case number? I would like to look into your situation further.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • My story of problems is much like others. While taking off from a stop light, the transmission went out. I just had enough speed to make it to the center median. The car has not moved on its own since that day, January 2008!!!! It has been sitting in my parents driveway. 104,000 miles!!!
    I was waiting on the settlement that was supposed to take place two years ago but got canceled. any idea if GM is fixing their bad transmissions? It went out while I still had payments on it and I had to roll the remaining balance on the note into a new car.
    My daughter is getting ready to go off to college and needs a car, and I don't know whether to fix the VUE or not or to junk it. I think SATURN/GM should do something about this.

    HELP!!
  • vueowner90vueowner90 Posts: 1
    Me and my mom saved up money to buy a car and we went and bought this car in a mechanics shop for 3500 and 118,000 miles. We thought it was a good buy the car looks brand new and when I drove it for a test drive nothing seemed wrong. Now the problems started showing up. I was driving it last week and all of a sudden it didn't want to move anymore it started making this noise when I would step on the the accelerator. I called GM and they told me to take it to a GM dealership and get it diagnosed. I took it and they told me that something that has to do with the transmission stopped working and its going to cost 4500 to fix it plus tax. I called GM customer service again and the representative told me that a specialist is going to call me in two days. The specialist called and told me that theres nothing they can do since I"m passed the 100,000 miles and he advised not to fix it either. The sad part I only got to drive it for two weeks I don't even have a month with it! So now I'm stuck with this car can't fix it or sell it. I'm so mad closed to tears because this is my first car and all the hard earned money went to waste. I cant pay to get it fixed because I'm in college and I have to pay my classes too. I'm don't know what to do all I know is I want to get rid of this car.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited May 2011
    Don't get it fixed - the VTi transmission in the 2002-2004 4 cylinder Vues has been a giant sized wart on Saturn/GM.

    There is a wealth of information on the internet about the failures of this transmission. Search "saturn VTi transmission". Its always a good idea to check around on the internet before buying any car. I wish I had good news....Unfortunately, the place that sold it to you either didn't know or stuck you with it hoping that you wouldn't find out before you bought it....

    Do you have a regular mechanic that you deal with? He won't be able to fix it but talk to him about it. If you can find a 2005-2007 Vue in a junkyard maybe he can do a transplant of sorts as they were different transmissions which were much more reliable and will bolt right up to your engine without modifications.. Or maybe convert it to a manual transmission which was available in 2004. Might be 1/4 the price of replacing the one that is in there now. There might be nothing that he can do but you won't find out till you ask. You might even have to talk to a couple of mechanics.

    Here's a discussion about just such a project: link title

    Search around that site - there's a wealth of Vue info there.

    I've also read that for a while GM dealers were offering decent trade in value for Vues like yours with the problem transmission. I suppose it was a peace offering of sorts. Might want to check around at local dealers if that's something that would be doable for you.

    Best of Luck...
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