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Saturn Vue Noise, Rattles and Vibration

tmacrocktmacrock Posts: 1
I have a 2006 Saturn Vue and if drive with the sunroof open and the driver side window open I get periodic thumps or knocks from below the front seats or the dashboard (not really sure where it is coming from).

If I open additional windows or close the driver side window it goes away. I am sure it is an air flow issue.

Anyone else experience this?
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  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    It's an air flow issue. Go down the road with only the back windows open and the thumping will be unbearable! My 2005 does the same thing.
  • waynenwaynen Posts: 5
    My 2004 ,6cyl VUE now has 50K and has had the persistent rattle since 35K. No one else has mentioned that their dealer has tried to replace the control arm bushings. I now have had these right side bushings changed 3 different times and each time they only last for two to three thousand miles each time. My dealer has no idea what to do from here. This noise is louder as the weather stays below 60 degrees. Has anyone experienced this same frustration?
  • biovuebiovue Posts: 1
    Hello all. I have an '06 Vue that I've owned for about 9 months. I have noticed a rattle coming from my rear hatch when driving. I seems to be coming from inside of the hatch panel. To me, it sounds like it's metal against metal. It's been getting worse. I've scheduled an appointment with the dealer. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem?
  • windigowindigo Posts: 1
    Look at your brake caliper. They become loose on the pins. They have to change pins, put a special grease then you go!
  • waynenwaynen Posts: 5
    Thanks for the reply!!
    It now seems that I have a rare problem. You sound like you have my answer.
    Thanks So Much :)
  • waynenwaynen Posts: 5
    I've had the same rattle on my '04 and it was annoying. They will find the retainer clip on the inside gate panel to be bad. You can tap on the panel while the gate is open and it will stop till you pull on the inside notch out to close the gate. I don't think they have enough clips on such a large panel. Good Luck
  • chiflychifly Posts: 1
    Can anyone help me with this issue? I recently purchased a brand new 07 Vue. Within the first few days of driving it, I could feel an annoying vibration in the seat, when I was idling either in park or at a stop light in drive with foot on brake. The antenna rattles at a high frequency also. I don't notice it at all when driving. I took it in for service and they said I needed a new catalytic converter (only had the vehicle 2 weeks at this point). They replaced the c.c. and I could still feel the vibration. When I complained again, they told me now this in "normal" for a 4-cylinder....huh? I notice that the vehicle idles around 500rpm...if I give it a little gas when in park or stopped, the vibration stops. Is 500rpm a normal speed for idling?
  • cpinkertoncpinkerton Posts: 1
    I don't think your problem is rare. I have a 2006 V6 and I've taken it back to the dealer three times in the 19 months I've owned it to figure out what I call a "bobbling" noise in the front. They've replaced rotors, bushings, etc. It's fine for about 24 hours, then it's back. It becomes noticeable when you're just rolling, going over a bumpy road in a parking lot, street, at very low speed even.
    Now I've become hyper-sensitive to the road noise under the car,too, especially on the highway. I have to turn the radio up really loud to counteract the noise. The tires are still new and the tire place said upgrading from the factory installed Bridgestones wouldn't improve the noisiness of the car. Any magic solutions to all my woes? I'm really not a whiner! I loved this car when I bought it. :( Thanks!
  • tkcoloradotkcolorado Posts: 39
    Any magic solutions to all my woes? I'm really not a whiner!

    Umm... come drive my Geo Tracker Convertible for a week and when you get back into your VUE you will fall in love with it all over again. Road noise.. ha. (just kidding of course)
  • mtnvuemtnvue Posts: 2
    I recently had the cradle replaced on my 2004 vue, and now seem to have acquired a clattering noise from the front end. It is worse when starting off while turning or going over
    bumpy roads... Any ideas??
  • waynenwaynen Posts: 5
    Sorry,
    My noise is only in the winter and I haven't heard of anyone having a cradle replaced.
  • waynenwaynen Posts: 5
    Has anyone received a letter about API filing for Chapter 11.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,144
    I don't see anything in the news about them. You could try asking in the Extended Warranties discussion.

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  • mtnvuemtnvue Posts: 2
    After visiting the dealer, it turns out my rattle is from the front left torsion arm. If anyone else is experiencing from end noise, check that.
  • novue1novue1 Posts: 1
    We have had similar noises with our 05 vue, awd v6. A vibration that comes and goes at speeds around 25-45mph. We took it in 3 times and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Now we are out of warranty, 45k miles, and they say it is the torque converter. What kind of torque converter goes out at 45k? We have been going around and around with the dealership about who should pay for it. we finally got them to pay for the whole thing, labor and parts, we had to suffice them with a brake job and regular matinence job but it sure is better than what it would have been. Bottom line. Saturn knows there is a problem, we have read story after story about dealers not finding the problem then finding it after the warranty runs out. We are getting rid of our Saturn and never getting in one again.
  • WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH OUR 2005 SATURN VUE V6 AWD.
    WE BROUGHT THE CAR SEVERAL TIMES ALREADY FOR THE SAME PROBLEM, WE PAID $$ TO HAVE THE CAR SERVICED AT A SATURN LOCATION, ONLY TO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM COMING BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN.

    THE CAR MAKES A LOUD NOISE WHEN IT'S MOVING ABOVE 25-40MPH.

    NO NOISE WHEN THE ENGINE RUNS AND THE CAR IS NOT MOVING.

    THE NOISE IS COMING FROM THE FRONT RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR.

    THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING AS WE PAID TOP $$ TO SATURN SERVICE CENTER AND THEY COULD NOT FIXED THE PROBLEM. THE CAR IS STILL UNDER WARRANTY FOR A FEW MORE MONTHS.

    DO WE NEED TO TURN TO SATURN USERS GROUPS ON THE INTERNET TO ASK FOR ADVICE? OR IS THERE A BETTER WAY FOR ONE SATURN TECHNICIAN TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM WITH OUR 2005 VUE V6- AWD.

    THANKS.
  • lmadzmlmadzm Posts: 3
    Well, the dealer thinks they have finally found the problem of my "chirping" sound. It is the air conditioning unit specifically the clutch. It turns out that it chirps when I am shifting gears and it is on. I initially complained about this noise in June 2007. They told me it was the sway bar end links at the time. I didn't want to pay for the repair because I had just had fixed another noise - similar sound but constant and louder. Anyway, I finally took it in Feb. because I couldn't live with the sound anymore. Well, they replaced the sway bar links.. Still made the sound. I took it back several times. After paying for a diagnostic, they figured it out. Initially they were going to make me pay the full cost of the repair of over a $1,200. I complained and they are going to give me a discount. I still haven't had the car repaired. So I am not sure if it is the right fix. It turns out their equipment is down and awaiting parts. :(
  • ktheckthec Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Vue AWD. Though I love the vehicle there have been many problems.
    A couple of the latest ones are:
    When driving the vehicle for about 30 minutes a squeal would start and progressively get louder. After many trips to the dealer it was finely discovered that it was the carrier bearing. Problem fixed, warranty
    New problem, all of a sudden my side mirror adjuster stop working as well as the door unlock mechanism. I think that these is a connected problem, maybe a bad fuse.
    Then there is another noise. This seems like more of a vibration. It usually happens when the air conditioning is on. It kind of sounds like going over rough road, even though driving on very smooth surfaces. It only last a few seconds then stops.
    So I have an appointment tomorrow morning. I am thinking that at least one thing will be fixed. The vibration is probably going to take time
  • lmadzmlmadzm Posts: 3
    update: chirping is finally gone for now. I had the car serviced in May and by June it was making the same sound all over again. This time they replaced the air conditioning clutch and some thing else in there free of charge. They had to keep the car for several days. So, far no chirping sound. For those of you who hear a sound coming from the front, make sure the air conditioning/heater is off. If you run your car with the system on it is a good bet that this is what is making the chirping sound. I love my car but hate the repairs that I have had to do. I don't think I will be getting another american car again. :P
  • rgsurgrgsurg Posts: 1
    Hi
    I have a saturn vue 2003 4 cyl2.2. its got 75000 miles on it. has been running great till lately i hear a sound which is a continuous goonnn sound comes at speed of 30 and persists till the speed is below 30. No sound when the car is idling. I recently had an oil change, I use synthetic 5/30 mobil. can anyone help me. I need directions so that when i go to the mechanic they dont rip me off and i know exactly what to ask
    Thanks
    Rag
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Sounds like a bad wheel bearing...any good mechanic will know the sound as soon as he hears it.

    Good Luck,
    John
    :shades:
  • lmadzmlmadzm Posts: 3
    Rag,

    Try driving without the air on. It might be the air conditioning unit. That was my problem. No sound during idle, but started up once I started increasing my speed. It was a VERY annoying. I drive with my air on (cool & heat). Anyway, drive around with it off and see if the sound continues. If that is the sound then it is the a/c clutch or the a/c compressor. It was several visits and my complaining that they figured out what the problem was even though I initially complained about hearing the sound with the air on. This was a big pain in the ...... to get the dealer to finally fix. After paying for several wrong repairs, they finally fixed it without cost.

    good luck.
  • Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Seeing how Saturn likes to charge before asking if you have the warranty.. I have a vibration in my 2006 Vue only at slow speeds.. If I am on city streets and I give it a little gas while moving it will vibrate the whole truck.. It doesn't happen on highway speeds... Where can this be coming from?

    Also on a side note.. I had it in the shop already for the Main computer going down twice, two wheel bearings, and the tires lasted no time at all, 20,000 miles....

    Thank you :cry: :confuse:
  • vinsharvinshar Posts: 3
    Hi,
    Just after 25K miles use and nearly 2 years use, I hear excessive hissing sound from passenger side mirrors. Anybody experiencing, any suggestion or recommendation.
  • If it's a rattling noise check the right front caliper. The brackets on my 2006 VUE have been replaced allready several times and it's keeps coming back after approx. 2000 mile.
  • 2005 FWD 4 cyl. Vue, more of a knocking noise coming from under trunk when stopped at a light. Always done it.
  • I'm purchasing a 2008 Vue XR w/navigation, leather interior, fully loaded, but no sunroof. The dealer says one can be cut in.

    I'm worried about air noise and water leakage if not done correctly. Could be a continuous headache for me.

    My other option is going with a 2009 and eat the $2,000.00 incentive.

    What are your opinions?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Skip the sunroof and save the 2 grand. While it is possible to get a good install on an aftermarket sunroof, I'd personally be afraid to chance it.
  • my 06 vue was just diagnosed for the same thing, the torque converter is gone, get it in, it didn't come up on the computer, they test drove it and had to hear it. they didn't diagnose mine till after the warranty was expired, $2000 later!!!
  • have them check the torque converter, i have the same problem with mine, sounds like i'm going over a rumble strip every now and then, cost is $2k if your not under warranty, i'm concerned this might be more of a common problem for us 06 owners then we know
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