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Saturn Vue Maintenance and Repair



  • I'm glad to hear that your Vue has been a good car for you thus far, minus the experience you've described in your post. I understand it might not always be an option, but if you decide to go to a GM dealership for a diagnosis, please be sure to let us know!

    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
  • gr82balivegr82balive Posts: 3
    edited December 2011
    I purchased this 2003 Saturn Vue in 2008. September 2011 the Vti (CVT) tranny went out while driving down a street. Took it into the shop and paid $4,976.23 for a new tranny, center carrier bearing, and a rebuild on the transfer case. Now in December of 2011 I have an EXTREME reduction in mpg's, difficulty shifting between gears, and an intermittent, dry, scraping sound when turning. Took the car into a local GM shop who said my new tranny was still in good operable condition and believe my problems with mpg's, shifting, and scraping sounds to be coming from either the transfer case or front differential, which was quoted at $6,000 to replace. The vehicle has 74,000 miles on it and I did not have these problems until the tranny went out and was replaced. Does anyone have similar issues? Do I still have financial recourse through GM? I have left messages with GM but have not received a phone call back. I would love to just scrap the car but I am unfortunately still making payments on it. I used up my entire savings to do the first repair and can afford no more. Definately was neglectful in doing my homework before purchasing. But never the less I find myself in this situation. Does someone have advice in how to handle this now? I would appreciate anything. :confuse:
  • Happy New Year,

    I see you have been in contact with us already - did you have a Service Request established? If you were to email us that number, we could look into its progress and let your agent know you've been in contact.

    GM Customer Service
  • I had an accident which lead to major car problems. The core support is twisted, the head gasket is blown and the engine/ transmission mount is broken. All the other problems have been fixed but, I can't find the mount I need ANYWHERE!!!! It is not the passenger side mount. My mechanic says it is called the front transmission mount. It bolts to the frame below the radiator with one bolt and to the transmission with three bolts. I need help ocating this part. Any help would be awesome!!!!!!!!
  • I have a 2004 saturn vue, 4 cyc, manual transmission
  • My 2003 Saturn Vue has 125,000 miles. Recently the "Service Engine Light Soon" came on; this happened to correspond with my next Emissions Inspection. The Vue failed emissions due to P1276 - Throttle Actuator Control System - Idle Position not Learned. Can anyone tell me what this means and possible repair scenarios?

  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    This means that your engine computer is trying to figure out where the throttle should be at idle. The Vue uses a "fly by wire" throttle control meaning that there is no throttle cable going from the gas pedal in the car to the throttle. Thee is a position sensor on your gas you depress it it sends a corresponding signal to the engine computer to tell the throttle motor where to move to so the engine responds to how far you pushed the gas pedal down. There is also a position sensor on the throttle under the hood to tell the computer where it is positioned at any given time to make sure that it corresponds with how far you have pushed down the gas pedal.

    There are 2 likely repair scenarios:

    1. The throttle body needs to be replaced as the position sensor or motor are having a problem managing the position of the throttle. I don't know about the cost of this repair but I would bet it will be around $ 500.

    2. The throttle body needs to be cleaned as it is binding as it calibrated itself...if you've never had this done or done it yourself after 125K miles, it could be the cheap fix you're hoping for. Its amazing the amount of gunk that will build up on it, especially if you're not changing your air filter regularly. I would try this one first as its as cheap as a can of cleaner from your auto parts store.

    Even if you decide to have your mechanic or a dealer look at it, this shouldn't be a complicated problem to diagnose and repair and you'll be back on the road in no time!

    Best of Luck!
  • Woke up the other day to find that Traction Control and Stabilitrak were off and the lights for both were on along with the light for ABS. Had messages to service both as well.

    After hours of searching our local NAPA repair shop determined that something was shorted out. Hooking up a laptop and taking it out on the road showed that nothing was coming back from the left rear.

    It turns out that there was a wire that was corroded and shorting out. According to the shop this was in wiring harness #408. Hopefully this will save someone else the extra hours at the shop!

    Additionally, I was the 3rd owner and mileage is right around 70K.
  • Hi! My 2005 Saturn VUE seems like almost overnight it has lost about 1/2 the gas mileage that i used to get. A tank of gas used to get me between 300 and 350 mpg depending on what time of year it was. All of a sudden I'm lucky to get 200 miles to a tank. I just put in $30 of gas and the car only went around 125 miles. I had both air filters checked and they were clean. A mechanic friend hooked it up to a computer, but he said it wouldn't read the Saturn's onboard computer. So he told me the computer was bad. I have also heard that it could be the fuel filter, fuel pump, and or catalytic converter. Any ideas? I owned a 2005 Saturn VUE previously and never had any problems with it. Thanks in advance for any ideas!
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited January 2012
    Could your computer be bad? it likely...IMHO...No

    Your mechanic friend can't read all of the codes in the computer because he is likely not using a GM Tech 2 scanner...only the generic OBD codes can be read by the aftermarket scanners...

    The Vue can set trouble codes that an aftermarket scanner can not don't mention which engine your Vue has, they each have their own quirks. Its also helpful to know how many miles it has as there are certain parts that tend to wear out with a certain amount of mileage.

    You need to find a mechanic with a Tech 2 scanner to really see what is going on with your Vue...either at a dealer or qualified private mechanic. If I was betting I would bet that you have an oxygen sensor that needs to be replaced or perhaps a catalytic converter going bad - they get clogged and don't allow the car to breathe properly thus causing your MPGs to go down.

    The Vue has a VERY complex computer control system...let someone familiar with it check it out.

    Best of Luck :shades:
  • gr82balivegr82balive Posts: 3
    edited January 2012
    I have the same exact problem with my 03'Saturn Vue. One new transmission, a rebuild transfer case, a tune-up and a few other parts later I have gone from between 300-350 to about 215 mpg's. Pretty upset about it after all the money I put in (about $6,000) and the fact that the problem did not exist until immediately after the new tranny. Took it to another, yes ANOTHER, "qualified" GM dealership who stated that I need a new clutch drum in my rear differential (about $1,000) because it is grinding and causing too much drag thereby forcing my engine to work harder and use more gas. I asked him why the car is not shifting correctly (the car is supposed to shift smoothly so you can't feel it, I still can't feel it shift only now I have no power at take off and the odometer will tack at 3-4 before shifting to the next gear) he had no answer for this. Not having any more available money to dump into this piece of crap I haven't had it fixed yet. This vehicle is a financial drain. As I said before if I weren't making payments on it I would have scrapped it for metal when the tranny went out. Which by the way after speaking with a rep for GM I do not qualify for ANY reimbursement what-so-ever for. GM rep was EXTREMELY rude, useless and his speech regarding the VTI trannies was very scripted. I absolutely will not purchase another Saturn or GM vehicle and have already swayed several others against their future car purchases since they have first hand witnessed what I am going through with this one. I am a part of the class action law suit against GM for the VTI trannies and will continue to fight with Lakin Law for it as long as it takes. Even if the outcome of the lawsuit is not fruitfull I will continue to do everything possible to discourage everyone from purchasing GM/Saturn vehicles. Look at
    for further information regarding this class action law suit if anyone is interested or feel that they may also be able to be involved.
    If you happen to figure out what is up with your gas mileage would you let me know? I would really appreciate it. I have gotten a total of 5 repair shops (2 of which were certified GM with a Saturn specialist) look at the hunk of junk and I have yet to have any 2 of the shops agree with what is wrong with it.
    Thanks a bunch
    from "one pissed of Saturn owner"
    :mad: :lemon:
  • 442dude,

    Thanks for your advice. I don't know how many types of engines that saturn was available in, but mine is one that used a Honda engine that year and V6 / AWD. It has about 107K miles on it. I am the second owner. Bought it at 99K miles.

    Will an authorized GM dealer hook it up to the computer you suggest as a diagnostic for free? I hope so.

    Thank you!!
  • As you're vehicle is out of the factory warranties, there will likely be a diagnostic fee involved. When is your appointment?
    GM Customer Service
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited January 2012
    Hi - As the lady from GM said, yes, it is likely that they will charge you a fee just to hook it up to the scanner...

    On the up side...the Honda V6 has been a VERY reliable drivetrain in the Vue and if taken care of will easily get you many more trouble free miles once you get past this. There's no reason you won't make it to 200,000 miles and more...

    Talk to friends and check on the web to find a local dealer that you can will likely pay a little more but they are most familiar with your Vue.

    Best of Luck!!!!
  • I also have a 2003 Vue with manual transmission. The good news is that I have gotten my money's worth with 224,000 miles on it with no major issues until now. My issue seems to happen randomly. I get no lights, no indicators, and it is throwing no engine codes for the mechanic. It will start losing acceleration, lose vacuum tightening the brakes, and the computer parameters (when plugged in during it happening) shows the car "thinks" it is out of gas when it isn't. We have cleaned all the contacts leading to the computer, replaced the gas pedal with potentiometer, checked the wiring harness, and have now ordered a new throttle body. I am getting quite nervous since I drive on high speed roads almost everywhere I go and have a child in the back seat. Did you ever get any answers?
  • arri822arri822 Posts: 1
    Tidester: I'm trying to figure out whether or not to buy a new dashboard for my 2003 Saturn Vue or if it may be the fuses. (160k miles) None of the gauges on my dashboard seem to work properly. I've been dealing with it for the past three years because no one seems to have an answer, so I figured it was worth a shot to mssge you. The gauges tend to work properly maybe once every two months and that's probably exaggerating. Gas gauge, spedometer, rpm, etc do not work-Everything- When they are not working the a bunch of other sensors are lit up for instance, low traction, battery light, trunk "open" light, etc.. I'm not sure what to old and frustrating this has been I don't want to have to get rid of it b/c the Only major issue i've had w/this vehicle is Just That-the dashboard. I read something on this website about the BCM or something like that ?? no idea what that is but my only guess would be something to do w/the computer of the vehicle.
    If you have any idea what you think this maybe be it would really help me out.

    Thank you!!
  • Took my 2008 Saturn Vue to the shop AGAIN this morning for the 6th time. BCM problems each time. It all started around 30,000 mles. At that time I had to haggle with GM to pay half of the repairs now come to find out it is all under warrenty covered under the power train? I still don't understand that, it is a computer problem not a powertrain problem. I shouldn't have to pay anything and should be reimbursed for the $700 I paid the first time there were troubles! The problems start with warning lights that come on, usually the ABS, tire pressure, or anti skid light. Then while driving at about 50 MPH the RPMs will suddenly jump up to around 3 then shoot back down. If you ignore the warning lights for too long (about a week) the car will just suddenly die when you are on the interestate. You can put it in neutral and start it again, but after you drive about 25 feet it will shut down again. I now have 98,929 miles on my car. The warranty supposedly runs out at 100,000. This is so disappointing. I ordered this car from the dealership, had it made just for me and pulled it off the lot with 0 miles. I was the first person in my city to have one. I have owned 8 GM cars/trucks over the past 20 years and my grandfather was a retired GM employee. I am utterly disqusted that GM has not done a recall on this car for the BCM problems. Very very disappointed in a company that I have been faithful to for over 20 years.
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964

    I pulled information on what is covered under the 2008 Saturn Powertrain Manual:

    Engine: Cylinder head, block, timing gears, timing
    chain, timing cover, oil pump/oil pump housing,
    OHC carriers, valve covers, oil pan, seals, gaskets,
    turbocharger, supercharger and all internal lubricated
    parts as well as manifolds, flywheel, water pump,
    harmonic balancer and engine mount. Timing belts are
    covered until the first scheduled maintenance interval.

    Transmission/Transaxle/Transfer Case: Case, all
    internal lubricated parts, torque converter, transfer case,
    transmission/transaxle mounts, seals, and gaskets.

    Drive Systems: Final drive housing, all internal
    lubricated parts, axle shafts and bearings, constant
    velocity joints, axle housing, propeller shafts, universal
    joints, wheel bearings, locking hubs, front differential
    actuator, supports, front and rear hub bearings,
    seals and gaskets.

    If you would like for us to get further involved in this, please send an email to with more information (include your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership).

    GM Customer Service
  • I have a 2008 Saturn Vue with a little over 50,000 miles on it. My AC has been giving me troubles. Sometimes it will come on, sometimes it won't (the light will flicker 3 times and go out) At the same time my check engine light comes on. I took it to Auto Zone and they said it was the fuel sensor. Has anyone else had this problem and how expensive is it going to be to get fixed? We have a limited warranty on it and I am willing to bet this isn't covered.
  • jules71jules71 Posts: 2
    edited April 2012
    4-cyl 2.2 liter FWD Vti transmission

    Lemon lemon lemon! This has been a rotten car since we bought it brand new in July 2003.

    We have had the following problems:

    1) REPLACE TRANSMISSION - at 80k miles (just over 8 years - in which the GM dealer did agree to pay for 50% of the new transmission - our cost $1800)

    2) CRACK IN DRIVERS SIDE MIRROR (this has been reported by many ppl)

    3) HORN STUCK ON, blew fuse (when I googled this, it has also been a problem by many ppl. We read it would cost a couple thousand to fix because the horn relay is intertwined with the air bag.)

    4) AIR CONDITIONING - no longer blows cold - hissing sound when using heat/air/fan.



    7) HOOD LATCH LEVER BROKEN (many times)

    8) CD PLAYER - stopped working, CD stuck in it

    9) REAR SWAY BAR LINKS - had to replace

    10) REAR SUSPENSION - recall, had work done under warranty

    11) BENT DRIVERS SIDE WIPER ARM - ordered while still under warranty twice and we never did get it

    12) ELECTRICAL PROBLEM (?) - While driving to our vacation destination, all lights in the display panel went on - indicated empty gas, temperature hot, service, service engine soon, security, dome light when on, door locks wouldn't work, intermittent wipers would not work but regular speed did, power windows still worked - who knows what else!!! We continued driving because we were in the middle of nowhere. Once we turned off the car, it would not start again. It would turn over but not start. Next day it would not even turn over (dead battery maybe).

    This car is EVIL!
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