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Saturn Vue Maintenance and Repair



  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I would suggest that you 1st try cleaning the throttle body. They tend to collect a bunch of carbon over time. Post back if you need more info.
  • I know it's been a couple of years since you posted the problem with your redline transmission... I have an 04 with the v6. I am having the same issue with my transmission that you did. Did you ever get an answer to the problem?
  • FANTASTIC!!! I just happened to have a can of throttle body cleaner...
    That worked!!

  • My 2004 v6 has been shifting into overdrive prematurely. At speeds as low as 35-40 mph it will go into overdrive and the engine sounds like it's lugging. I can step on the throttle and it will downshift but, then goes right back into overdrive. Really damn annoying. I have 140,000 miles and have kept up on all of the maintenance.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Two thoughts:

    1 - You mention that you have kept up on all of the maintenance and that is good...when was the last time you changed the trans fluid? Many Honda powered Vue owners change the trans fluid every 25-30000 miles as its really sensitive to having clean fluid.

    2 - Mine is a 4 cyl but there was a recall recently for the Vue torque converter, I believe that they reprogrammed the trans to shift at different points and in some cases they replaced the torque converter. I wish I had more info about it but do a little searching and I'm sure you will find information.
  • I can't remember the last time I changed the fluid. I had the 100,000 mile service done at the dealer.... maybe the trans fluid was done then? Even so, that would've been over 40,000 miles ago. Jiffy Lube?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited September 2011
    Change the fluid 1st - make sure you use Honda Z1 fluid.

    Here's a little info: link title

    Some will change the fluid 3x over the course of a month as you never really drain out all of it. So by changing 3x over a short period of time you get a lot of new fluid in there. Apparently the Honda trans is sensitive to clean fluid. Also, you can't change the filter unless you open up the trans so just change the fluid. And DON'T get it flushed - the fluid they flush it with will not be Honda Z1 and will likely cause more harm than good.
  • Something I can do myself? And where do I get it from?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    you can definitely do it yourself...its no more difficult than an oil change...actually easier since all you do is drain it out and refill it with the same amount of new fluid that you drained out of old fluid. You can get the Z1 fluid at any Honda dealer...You may also be able to find it online. Its not inexpensive (~$9 a qt as I understand) but its the fluid that your trans was designed to use.

    I don't own one so I can't give too many tips but I bet a quick internet search or 2 will give you all the info that you need.
  • I am having some real issues with my 2004 4 cy saturn vue. I bought this car in November 2003 and only have 116K miles on the car. I took the car in for regular service at Saturn until they closed the dealership here. I have been taking it to another GM dealership since then. My issues are as follows. First, there is a deep whirling sound the car makes as soon as I step on the gas and when the car slows down. The sound is still there when I am driving, but not as loud. Then, the car makes this annoying sound when it is in park and in neutral. Also, the car has a knocking sound for about five mins. after the car is cut off. And to top it all off, the rpms jump up now and then when I am driving at a steady speed. Oh, and at about 68 mph, the car starts to shake. I have been looking online about recalls for various parts on my car, but I can't find any. And since saturn no longer exists, the only dealership that looks at my car says that there is only one thing wrong...I need a transmission (which is going to cost me like 6K. I'm tripping cause my car never gave me any problems until the month after they closed the saturn here.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I also believe your issues revolve around your transmission - Your Vue likely has a VTi transmission based on the price of the trans repair.

    Unfortunately, the VTi transmission has had a well documented record of premature failures. There is no good news at this some internet searching - there is/was a class action suit about it, also GM was offering a trade in deal for Vue owners with the VTi transmission.

    Good Luck...
  • My VUE's engine light came on so I took it to the dealership. It has 45k miles so it's still under warranty. They hooked it up and said one cylinder was misfiring due to a stuck valve. They removed the engine and fixed it last week. This morning it started sputtering really a terrible idle and the engine light came on flashing and also the traction lights on the dashboard are lit. I immediately took it back to the dealership and they are going to look at it tomorrow. I'm upset cause this VUE had no issues until they fixed the drove smooth and now it's awful! Anyone know what could cause this and if there is something I need to watch out for. I'm sure they will diagnose tomorrow but I wanted to post on here also. Thanks!
  • Have you heard back on a diagnosis, hkolln?

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  • Has anyone had problems with their Saturn Vue Fuel Pumps. I just purchased this Vue in July, I haven't had it 6 months or driven 6000 miles & the dealership is asking for $1400 + to replace 2 fuel pumps & the sensor. The car isn't even 4 years old. I've always driven Honda and never had this many problems.

    The car takes a long time to turn over sometimes & when I fill up the gauge goes to fuel, I drive about 3 miles the next time I start the car the fuel gauge has jumped to just below 3/4 of a tank, then once I restart the car again, the gauge is back on full.

    I have 4 service records on this car already & this mess isn't even covered by the powertrain warranty.

    I believe this issue was happening way before I purchased the car but the dealership didn't acknowledge the issue when they "inspected" the car. I'm highly upset that a car that isnt even 5 years old has required so much work!
  • My sun roof leaks when it rains and the water runs down the drivers side door.
    I have had this problem fixed at least 3 times and it keeps on happening. I have also had problems with the electrical system since the sun roof leak. I have had to remove a fuse, because the interior lights will not shut off. The alsrm goes off when it rains for a long period of time
  • When my Saturn would do this i took it to a friends shop and they blew out the drain holes with an air compressor nozzle. I hadn't had a problem since. It was frustrating that the holes that were put there to keep water out of the car to begin with were the reasons why i had two inches of standing water in my car. Either way keep an eye on the two drain holes and you might want to see if maybe the tubes came undone and that is why it is messing with the electrical? Just brainstorming.... Good luck!!!!!
  • OMG...I am sorrry to read this 5 or so years later. But if you read this now, just be aware: It happened to me but it was a major problem and it ran into plenty $$. It was an engine problem which despite of many previous times checked by the Saturn mechanics, happened despite their saying 'nothing was wrong'. :(
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    The previous poster really hit it on the head but I'd like to add - the drain hose on the drivers side runs right where you say you have the leak...if the repair involved blowing air through the drain, it is possible that they blew the hose right off the fitting or the hose itself might be damaged. Repair the drain hose and you will cure your problem.
  • I have a 2006 Vue 6clyd 2WD, i love this car and i have now had it for 2 and a half years and have never had any issues out of it. over the past couple months i have had a sound coming out of the front end it seems, it sounds like a growling almost it only does it when im going under 50 mph, and sometimes it will jump almost kinda of how a manual transmission will do until i get at a comfortable speed. What could this be? Today was by far the worst i have ever seen this car act. As i was on the interstate i had been driving for a while with the car in cruise control at about 60 mph, when out of no where the car didn't shut off but the mph started slowly going down and when i would push on the accelerator it wouldn't go anywhere it would just roll. I was eventually able to get it off the side of the road but i had to limp it to the nearest parking lot, it would barely go i was just pushing on the gas pedal and it would just roll. It seems to me from past experience that it has something to do with either the fuel pump or fuel filter? Since i have had the car it has never had any kind of tune up or filters changed, other than just basic oil changes when needed. I really hope its not the fuel pump because lets face it i can't afford $500.00 for a pump right now, so if you could offer any advice or help it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited December 2011
    I think you're looking at 2 separate issues:

    Jumping could be torque converter....there was a recall regarding the Honda torque converters like yours...I don't know the details, you may want to contact your dealer to see if you are eligible. Sometimes just changing the trans fluid cures the problem but there's no guarantee.

    The "limp home" as you call it is likely the car going into "reduced power mode". I bet the engine light with the downward facing arrow lit up while this was happening. What has happened is that there is a communications problem between your gas pedal position sensor and your throttle position sensor. Either the sensor on the gas pedal is bad (likely), or the sensor on your throttle is bad (less likely) or there is a wiring issue somewhere between them (even less likely). It is not difficult to diagnose or repair and any good dealer or otherwise qualified mechanic will be able to fix may not be cheap but it will be easily diagnosed and fixed. It is actually an interlock which is there to protect you and your car from wildly accelerating out of control due to the throttle being in one position and your gas pedal being in another.

    best of luck :shades:
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