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New Saturn VUE Green Line Owners -Give Us Your Report

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  • bmwmsbmwms Posts: 3
    So far I'm very pleased with my Vue Green Line. I averaged 28.7 mpg during the 1st 272 miles. The interior, while not extremely plush, is fine. No rattles! I choose to get the comfortability package (XM, heated seats) and side airbags. Even as I was signing the purchase agreement, I was a bit nervious about getting a Saturn. I know it's only been a week, but I've got to say that I'm feeling really good about the decision and pretty sure that I made the right choice based on performance, options, and ultimately price. Yes, you will get a little more bling with a Mariner hybrid or a Highlander hybrid, but they also carry a MUCH higher price tag.
  • It seems that there are no deals on the lease/buy interest rates on this vehicle. GM is not making the purchase of the green line easy. It will cost us an EXTRA $200 per month to lease this puppy. Not exactly what makes sense. Probably will end up with the HHR!
  • First off let me say that there is very little consumer information out their on the New Saturn Vue Green Line. Granted there is Consumer Reports, Car and Driver and other publications but almost nothing from the average owner. This web site is one of the only places besides Saturn's web site to get this information. That is why I feel complied to write about my experiences with the new Hybrid.

    Why did I buy the Saturn Vue Hybrid? Prior to buying the Saturn Vue Hybrid I owned a 1995 Saturn SL2 with 160,000 miles. The car was a workhorse and for the past three years I put on 70,000 miles and averaged 33.5 mpg. I kept detailed records of the gas mileage – hence the need for a Hybrid on my next car. I also like to road bike and need room in a vehicle for two bikes. That pointed me towards a SUV. So I was a Saturn owner + I wanted a Hybrid + I needed an SUV = Vue.

    I looked at the 4 and 6 cylinder Vues and compared the prices. The 6 cylinder was being offered for about $1600 less than a similar Hybrid 4 cylinder Vue. Granted the 6 had more horse power it did have 20% less mpg. Given the fact the government will offer you a $650 tax credit (not a tax deduction) the price difference was about $1000. Given my mileage per year at 25,000 miles, it would only take about 2-3 years to break even. Besides, the thought of owning a Hybrid SUV and helping the environment was very attractive to me.

    I picked up the SUV yesterday with 80 miles on it and it was a basic model. Blue with Gray interior and just the extra MP3 player. No other bells and whistles. The dealership had to look hard to find me a basic model. To echo a previous post – GM does not make it easy to purchase a Hybrid. Anyway, I am currently at 145 miles and here are my earlier feelings.

    Besides the fact that it has the new car smell and that I now am seated about 3 feet higher than my SL2 and I now park in a spot that is protected with a column on one side and a passenger’s door on the other to prevent dings – it is cool to drive as all new cars are.

    Details: when stopping at a light or in heavy stop and go traffic – I noticed that it switches the engine off with the gas. There is a slight but noticeable engine switch. Nothing major and it is something that I did take note of. Saturn states it does this to save gas and increase mileage. (We will see.)

    My Driving Habits: I commute 90 miles a day and it encompasses every type of driving you can imagine. I commute from a town in Maryland to just outside of DC. The Saturn will be going 80+mph on I-95 one minute and stuck in traffic the next. Anyone that has driven this way will know what I am talking about. I am very easy on the gas and easy on the break. My view is that if I don’t get good gas mileage with this Hybrid – no one will. Heck, I averaged 33.5mpg on an 11 year old car with 160,000 miles on it for a span of 75,000 miles- documented.

    In the weeks to come, I will be very honest & unbiased and update my real world findings on this web site in the hopes of providing valuable real time information about this Hybrid Saturn.

    -- HybridVue :)
  • Thanks for your report on the Vue. I'm in the same boat as you are commuting-wise. I drive from Eastern WV to just outside of DC and do about 112 miles daily. I currently drive an 05 Scion XB and it's great. However my commute might take me to the downtown are soon. If it does I'll need something maybe a little more comfortable for the longer trip. How is the comfort of the seats and driving position? I drive 80 mph to stop and go both ways also. Does the Vue have enough pickup to zip into the fast lane and cruise at 80?
  • :confuse: We ordered the hybrid in July and recieved it the end of November. The first 2 tanks of gas got 23 mpg. Now we have 1200 miles on the car and the highest average we have gotten is 27 mpg. I know this is good compared to most suv's on the market, but we were really hoping to see something around 32 mpg since we do a lot of highway driving.
    The car is very roomy. We looked at the HHR also, but did not like the middle compartment extending into the back where the back seat passenger would have to sit in the middle and spread their leg.
    And lastly, it does not have a lot of pick-up.
    Are regrets are the gas mileage, wish we had known that the model was going to change in Spring 2008, wished we would have ordered the chrome roof racks(they jazz of the car), and the storm gray color looks green in certain light, yuk.
  • A fellow long commuter. The seat comfort is good in the driving position - no pains on this end. I am a little disappointed that the drivers and passengers head rests do not tilt forward for an additional adjustment.

    One important note - as for driving 80mph - I discovered that the gas mileage goes way down - 15 - 20% decrease in mpg.

    I am currently up to 2500 miles on the Hybrid is less than 4 weeks. Over that span I am averaging 29.1 mpg - very good in my mind. On a recent trip from Baltimore, MD to mid Ohio - I drove between 75 and 80mph over the hills of western Maryland and averaged about 25mpg. On the way back I drove between 70-75 and averaged 25.8mpg. However, while in Ohio I drove the posted speed limit of 60-65 and got my best mileage at 34.5mpg. My local commute to DC has been in the 30.5mpg range.

    That would explain why some people get in the low 20's while others are around 30+ mpg. If you speed you compromise your gas mileage.

    By the way - I found my first bug in the Hybrid. The cruise control stopped working after 1000 miles. The light to engage cruise control would go on but it would not set. After two hours in the dealership - they discovered a tech note from Saturn that the Powertrain Cruise Control Module (PCM) sometimes needs to be reprogrammed. They reprogrammed the PCM and the cruise control is working again. I will let everyone know if the problem resurfaces. By the way the dealership was very nice and really worked to solve the problem.

    I am still very happy with my purchase. :)

    PS: The Saturn will get up to 80mph with no problems - good pick up, just remember that the gas mileage goes down.
  • I went with the Deep Blue color and it is a nice looking car. The Storm Gray color looked to plain in my eyes. The dealer did have to look around (50 mile radius) as it seems that most of the Saturn Vue Hybrids around are Storm Gray. As for the roof rack, you can always get it added but keep in mind that your gas mileage will go down with the additional drag.

    As for the 2008 Saturn Hybrid Vue model, it will be a true Hybrid auto with electric only propulsion up to 35 mph. That will again increase the gas mileage upwards of 10 - 15% from the current numbers. :)
  • The 2008 Saturn Vue hybrid will definitely need all the help it can get considering it is gaining almost 400lbs. when the body panels go from plastic to metal. They are not changing the standard hybrid motor to accomodate this. I hear they are coming out with a second optional hybrid motor. So with the current hybrid motor and more weight, I bet the gas mileage goes down. The non-hybrid 4 cyclinder motor is going from 2.2 liter to 2.4 to accomodate the weight gain.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Oh my, one of my reasons for looking into the VUE was the plastic panels. GM finally got something right with those and now they are going to metal. Not sure I want a VUE now.

    Oh yeah when they came out with the relay I spoke to a Saturn spokesman who told me they dont have the plastic doors because it was cost prohibit. Give me a break.
  • I have had my green line for about 2 weeks now.
    I absolutely love everything except for the gas milage so far and lack of hybrid related fuel economy gages. I got a totally loaded model and love the leather heated seats the most (my first car with leather heated seats).

    Dashboard cruise and hill assist lights aren't working. I saw a post that there is a bug and the gages need reset to fix - so no biggie.

    It seems like you have to really work hard for the any gains in gas milage (to get close to EPA estimates) which is a pain. You have to train yourself for sure. My last 2001 V6 ford explorer sport tract met the EPA estimates (18/22) exactly no matter how i drove the thing for the 5 years i owned it. It seems as though saturn is off with the estimates and they are misleading.

    I understand there is alot i don't know and am learning more and adjusting my practice with the hybrid.

    I will update this in a few days once complete with my 3rd tank of gas.

    On my 3rd tank of gas. The first two tanks rated as follows:
    1st tank - 14.25 gallons - 409 miles - 28.75mpg
    * Drove normal without taking into consideration the hybrid eco and charge/assist gages.

    2nd tank - 14.38 gallons - 364 miles - 24.82mpg
    * drove cautiously with defrosters on the entire time since it was raining constantly (oops). Tried to drive more efficiently, but didn't consider eco and charge/assist gages.

    3rd tank - Read the quick start guide (Will report in a few days the results.)
    * Tried to drive without cruise control and defrosters on, tried to maintane the eco light as much as possible.
  • Two days after my cruise control problem was fixed it reappeared. No biggie I thought until I noticed that my brake lights would not turn off.

    I got home around 6pm on Friday and noticed that the brake lights remained on after I turned the Hybrid off. I checked the brake pedal, made sure the car was in park and started the Hybrid several times to see if it would go off. No luck. I then decided to pull the fuse for the brake lights - they still remained on. So I resolved to take the Hybrid in on Saturday to get it looked at.

    I got up at 7am and noticed that the brake lights were off. I thought, this is good - until I realized that they were off because the battery was dead. I called roadside assistance and within 65 minutes the Hybrid was jumped and I was on my way to the dealer. :sick:

    I picked up a loaner vehicle and left the Hybrid at the dealership. I just picked it up yesterday so they had it from Saturday until Wednesday.

    Here is what they found: the technician found the plastic teeth on the brake switch retainer was stripped causing the switch not to engage as it should. The tech replaced the brake switch behind the brake pedal and it corrected the brake lights on problem as well as the cruise control not engaging problem. (The other Hybrid owner in this post should have the cruise control and the brake pedal switch retainer checked immediately.) You do not want to get stuck somewhere.

    I tested the Hybrid this morning and everything is working properly.

    The service department once again was very helpful. Now I know some owners would be fuming that it took two visits to the dealership to get the issue resolved but being angry in this case would not get you anything except high blood pressure. Things brake so you deal with it and get it fixed. It also helps that it is covered under the standard warrantee. I also have a 5 year 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warrantee that I purchased at the time of sale. If you plan on keeping the Hybrid more than 5 years it is well worth the money. (For the record the issue had nothing to do with the fact that it is a Hybrid.)

    So for now the Hybrid is rolling again and I hope it stays that way. I will keep you all posted. ;)
  • We purchased a Green vue on December 4th. Our fuel bill has dropped $200 per month. My wife drives it 90 per day 4 days a week. We are getting about 28 to 29 MPG. We are planning to buy a second one this summer.....

    PS, no mechanical problems at all to date.
  • I bought a Vue Green Line in December 2006. At about 450 miles I noticed that the doors did not lock or unlock when the car was taken out of or put into park. Next I noticed that the daytime running lamps were out. Finally I tested the cruise control only to find out that was not working either. I made an appointment & bought the car in for service. They had it 4 days & gave it back to me. Everything was working, however within a week it happened again. They again had it for 4 days, tried putting in a new BCM module but it could not be programmed. So they put back the old BCM module and off I went. Within a week the same symptoms appeared. Now that customer service had been notified, I get calls everyday but still they don't know what to do. They are trying to get another part which they say will correct the problem, however I have my reservations about that. Meanwhile, I am driving around with no daytime running lamps, no cruise control & no automatic door locks. Not bad for the price. No satisfaction from GM either. They don't seem to know what to do about it either. Anyone have the same problems?
  • If you read any of my previous posts, you know about my cruise control issues. Since, it was repaired the second time - it has worked everyday except one. It did not work one Friday and then it stated working the next day. It seems to me that Saturn's first go at the Hybrid has some propulsion issues with the cruise control.

    As for the day time running lamps and the door locks - I have not had a problem with them.

    5500 miles into my Saturn Hybrid and I am averaging 29.82mpg. That average is probably a reflection of my driving habits. Still happy on this end.
    :)
  • ktjensenktjensen Posts: 12
    So far if I control my driving I get relatively good gas mileage at above 25 MPG average. I use cruise control and I watch the ECO gauge to make sure it is activating at most times. I have a lot of rolling hills in Connecticut, which costs me gas mileage.

    What can I fairly compare the vehicle MPG to?? the AWD version with six cylinder? or the 4 cylinder manual transmission version? What are those getting for MPG?

    The interior is very quiet. I use the Satilite radio often. No problems noted with my car at all.

    WANTED: better gas mileage please!! I would pay for an improved battery, and a new computer that used the Battery more often. Maybe in the next year we might see a PHEV (Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle) modification for this 2007 year machine?
  • anixanix Posts: 3
    My cruise control just started acting up around 8500 miles. I still have to get it fixed.

    My issue is that within the first month I stupidly left the headlights on and the battery died. After that my gas mileage hasn't been the same. It was around 28/29 mpg and now I am at about 23/25 mpg with only hitting 28 mpg on one long distance (all freeway) trip.

    Has anyone else seen this problem after their battery died?
  • hybridvuehybridvue Posts: 31
    When my cruise control was acting up - my break lights stayed on all night and it totally drained my battery. I had to get a jump just to get to the dealership.

    At the time my Hybrid was averaging about 29.5mpg. Since the battery drain, my Hybrid has been averaging 30.5mpg. So I have not seen a drop off. I attribute the increase in mpg to the warmer weather.

    Currently I am at 7343.9 miles and averaging 30.3mpg. I know that sounds on the high end and it is. I credit my numbers to my driving style.

    Check it out at www.greenhybrid.com

    There are other Saturn Hybrid Vue owners who also track their gas mileage. The 24-27mpg range seems to be the standard gas mileage.

    Knock on wood, my cruise control issue has not resurfaced in almost 2 months. The only other "knock" I had was that I was re-ended on the Capital Beltway about 3 weeks ago. Hard enough to not only damage my rear bumper but I also was pushed into the car in front of me. I was :mad: Both bumpers performed well - at the 15 mph crash. The front grill cracked, the front bumper cracked and the rear bumper was scratched up. The bumpers protected the hood and the hatch very well. $1700 was the cost to replace both the rear and front bumpers and the tab was picked up by the car's insurance that re-ended me. The lady was very sorry and said she did not even realize that Saturn made a Hybrid. The rarity of the vechicle probably distracted her and caused the accident. ;)

    By the way, there are two questions that I have been trying to get an answer for.

    #1> At what point does the Green Eco Light turn on? The owners manual and Saturn customer support stated that the light goes on when the Hybrid is achieving better gas mileage. That is a generic answer. I am looking for a mpg number that causes the light to go on. I usually get the green light to go on between the 20 and 77 mph range, when I am breaking and at a stop.

    #2 How many 2007 Saturn Hybrid Vue's have been sold? Automotive figures for Hybrid sales never seem to include the Vue and when I contacted my dealership and Saturn customer support - they both stated that the numbers have not been tallied. The best figure I could come up with was an estimate from an article that said 700 Saturn Vue Hybrids were being sold per month. With the first model rolling off in October and production for the 2007 ending in March that is 700 x 6 month = 4,200 Hybrids. That is a very small number. Does anyone have a more accurate figure? Thanks

    Once again - I love my Saturn Vue Hybrid. :blush:
  • ktjensenktjensen Posts: 12
    I have had no problems with my Hybred. It has been very cold, and gas MPG is anywhere from 22MPG to 27MPG. Never better than that. Never worse than 22 MPG.

    My concern is that the EPA listing of the MPG says 35 maximum. Well I think that there is no way possible to get 35MPG.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,166
    Check out the revised EPA ratings. They show the Vue Hybrid at 26 MPG combined. Almost exactly what you are getting.

    New EPA ratings
  • Hi Guys, I am supposed to be picking up my Green Line view on 4/19. It sounds like there are some problems, I can still back out. Is there anyone that if they could do over again that would not get the Vue Hybrid?
  • anixanix Posts: 3
    Even though I am not real happy about the gas mileage I am getting, it is still better than most SUV's, I do really love my car.
  • hrwkianhrwkian Posts: 1
    I have really been interested in buying a Vue Green Line. There is one available at a local dealer with some pretty good upgrades and stuff, and I really like the idea of saving gas. The car I have is awful, a '98 Mercury Sable that's getting me 17 miles per gallon... :cry: So any increase in MPG will be great... I am not so concerned with the worries of people when it comes to Interior Design so that is not a big deal to me, I'm just looking for something that is going to be reliable... Thanks for some of the insight, It's always good to hear information from someone who owns the vehicle themselves... :)
  • ktjensenktjensen Posts: 12
    The MPG is only around 22 to 27, so do not expect it to be better than that. We are careful drivers, and keep ECO on most times, with speeds below 60 MPH.
  • mcollermcoller Posts: 1
    Don't have a Vue at the moment but seriously considering the hybrid. I did notice in some of the info I picked up the other day that Saturn says the max gas mileage for the Greenline is reached at 45 mph.
  • I just picked up my Hybrid a few days ago and today I filled up for the first time. I averaged out at 27.12mpg (I think I could have done a bit better, my wife was drove over half of the time and she is not as careful at driving as I am). These are just miles that I know that I put on so if the dealer didn't have the thing completely full my mileage would have even been better. Here are some things that I am doing that might be able to help some of you out.
    1. The power assist usually only works during acceleration. So in order to capalitialize on that make sure that you accelerate slowly, this will use the power assist over a longer distance.
    2. Will sitting in traffic and the person in front of you moves up a few feet many people have a nature tendency to move up if the person in front of them moves up. With the hybrid the engine will turn on each time you take your foot off the brake, so only move up when you absolutely have to.
    3. When slowing down for a stop or turn, Maximize on the coasting time. This will help charge the hybrid battery and will also add to the distance traveled while using less gas.
  • kronykrony Posts: 110
    Interesting...my '03 Vue 4cyl CVT got 20-22 mpg in town, ~25 on hwy...
  • revuerevue Posts: 1
    Okay, well here it is...

    Picked up my brand new 2007 Hybrid Saturn Vue 10/06/06. Worked fine; pleased with its quiet, comfortable ride. I drive this car a lot, avg 3k mi/month.

    1. By Dec, 10k miles, I noticed the "eco system" wasn't lighting up or indicating the hybrid battery was charging properly.
    2. By Jan, 13k, the ABS brake lights started showing up with the engine lights. It was winter in NY, so I took it the dealer, who supported the "winter" ABS traction control reasoning, cleaned the brakes, and the "engine lights" went away.
    3. In Feb, at 17k miles, the engine light was back, now accompanied by the battery light (front main battery):
    A persistent and mean, red, little light, I had no idea how socially, financially and physically havoc wreaking this little light would become.

    The battery light would flash concomitantly with the engine light and I would take it to the dealership it would disappear. However, it would foretell that at 21,000 miles, the car would suffer persistent and repetitive engine failure, I would lose $1,250 a week in business revenue, additional revenue potential, two employees, arguments with my husband, countless hours in meetings, garages, oportunity costs, etc., which is where I am at, today.

    The scenario is this: drive the car a day or two. The eco charge system works. Then, on any given day, the battery appears. Then, disappears for an hour. Then, another icon will light up: more recently, it's been the traction control. Then, the engine light will appear. Then, I'd know it's time... (to get to a safe location). Within a few minutes, all of the electrical instruments would lose power. No headlights. No dashboard lights. The steering would begin to lock. I'd have to pump the accelerator to keep the car moving through traffic to pull over or it'd die in the middle of whatever I'd be in. This has been going on almost every other week since mid-March and now the dealer has it full-time, bringing in engineers, trying to figure it out. Another thing: my car eats (drains) batteries like candy. The dealer has seen it (and, replaced four batteries). Some how, in this "eco charging" thing, there is a malfunction, and the hybrid battery is not charging the main battery like it should, or whatever.

    Is it just my car? No. I met another woman coming out of the dealership and she said she bought one and when it hit 22,000 miles it did the same thing and hers was parked right out side. She said all kinds of frivolous icons appear in addition to the battery warning before it just shuts down for no reason.

    Did I mention Saturn has it now and the engineers are coming? Maybe I'm repeating myself. Hope you can get something from this.

    KEYWORDS: BCM module, BATTERY.

    And can you still believe I still have my heart set on this car? :lemon: :lemon:
  • cfiniziocfinizio Posts: 1
    I'm highly considering the hybrid VUE and have desparately been trying to find more information on how it performs/handles in the snow and/or ice. Any feedback would be great.

    Thanks!
  • ktjensenktjensen Posts: 12
    I have TRACTION CONTROL installed on my VUE HYBRID so it runs great in the snow, and ice.
  • :lemon: i took delivery of my vue hybrid in early november. i drive about 25 miles a day round trip to work. i have approx 6600 miles currently. in april, the battery indicator light came on, as did the check engine light. i took it to the dealer and was told that it was a loose connection. two days later, lights back on again. took it to the dealer was told that tech support isn't open on saturday, bring it back monday. took in back monday, they recalibrated something and replaced the battery control unit. fast forward to may, the battery light is on again, the car doen't go to auto stop. and stalls at traffic lights. i am waiting for the part to come in. i was told that it needs a new harness. hopefully that will finally fix it. when the car was working properly my milage was good, 24 in the city and 29 on the freeway. :cry:
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