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Saturn Vue Electrical Problems

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  • I've just installed a new radio in my 2005 Saturn VUE. The radio powered on and seemed to work fine after install. I put the console back together and tried to start the car. The engine would not turn over and a clicking noise was all that happened. All the other electric seems to work such as power windows, locks, and lights.

    The vehicle is a 4 cylinder standard. I think there may be an issue recognizing the clucth is in or the vehicle is in neutral. I tried to disconnect the battery to see if it was a computer issue that could be reset but that did not work. The fuses seem fine as well.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • Car acts like battery is dead but just put a jumper on it and it starts right off. had battery load tested at pep boy and all ok.when the car wouldn't start you can check the car clock and its got the wrong time. the next time you start the car the clock has the correct time without resetting it.
    This has happened several times. After driving the car, shutting it off and trying to start again sometimes it starts and sometimes not. had the error code checked and no code showed up. pulled several of the main fuses to see if there was a drain no luck. Checking the battery voltage when it wouldn't start and it is about 10.5v. When the car starts normally and you drive it you never know if it will start even after being shut off for only five minutes. (too short of time to drain the battery) Could this be caused by the BCM and can a dealer actually pinpoint the cause if it is the BCM? all ideas welcome. Car is 2008 vue with 17100 miles on it
  • I'm sorry to hear about this frustrating concern with your Vue. If you were to bring your vehicle into the dealership and voice your concern about the BCM, they should look into that particular component as they do their diagnosis. Should you decide to visit your dealership, please let us know.

    Best,
    Sarah
    GM Customer Service
  • Started to drive my Vue to the store about 2 months ago and the blinkers went out and all the lights on the control panel started to light up. Pulled over to the side of the road and turned off the car and started it again and everything work fine for the rest of the day. About two days later the same thing happened only this time when I restarted it the right blinker quick flashed like the bulb had gone out. I replaced the right rear bulb and it worked but most of the lights came on dimly, not bright and the car started running rough like it was running on three cylinders. I was about three blocks from home so I limped it home. About 4 hours later, I went out to check it out and it started up fine. Drove it about 50 feet down the street and it did the same thing. I took it back to the house and parked it. Due medical issues with my son, I had to use his truck to get him back and forth to the doctor each day. My son-in-law who is a mechanic, came over on Thanksgiving and we replaced the spark plugs thinking it was a bad plug. I started it the car up and it idled higher than it normally did but settled after about 2 minutes of warming it up. Same thing happened again as before, blinker and running rough.
    I went down to the Chevy dealer( former Saturn dealer) and talked to service writer and he stated that it was most likely the on board computer box as did two others that were standing there and listening. He told me it would be $155 to check it out $400 for the part and $165 to program it plus tax. I told him I had never had a problem with the Vue since I purchased it new and only had about 86,000 miles on it. He said "It's 7 years old what do you expect". That kind of ticked me off because I had bought 4 Saturns, 2 new and 2 used, and a used S-10 pickup from them when they were a Saturn dealer.

    I came home and looked up for a cause that we may have been able to fix and ran across this tread and than realized I was not the only one having the same problem.

    Right now I have a Vue sitting in my driveway that I can't use and another 2008 that my wife drives that I'm worried that may end up doing the same thing. Do to the cancer that my son is being treated for, we can't afford to get it fixed. This seems, according to this blog, to be a major problem.
  • I am sorry that this situation is so difficult. I understand that your son is facing some medical issues, and to add in a vehicle concern is no doubt stressful.

    If we can follow up with the dealership on your behalf, we would be happy to do so. We would get a Customer Assistance case established, as well. Please send us an email message with the following information: your name/username, contact information (phone and address), the last 8 digits of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your current dealership and a description of any visits you have made there (including the one mentioned in this post) for this concern.

    We look forward to your response,
    Sarah
    GM Customer Service
  • WE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. NO TURN SIGNALS, NO TACHOMETER, NO FUEL READING, AND LOTS OF INDICATORS ON DASH, SUCH AS THE BRAKE LIGHT WARNING LIGHT (IT'S NOT ON), SO OFF TO THE CHEVY DEALER WHO WILL SOAK US FOR THE REPAIR! I THINK THIS IS A RECALL PROBLEM AFTER I HAVE READ ALL THE COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE! NO MORE GM, BACK TO FORDS!! WE BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE IT WAS AN AMERICAN MADE CAR..THAT WHAT WE GET.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    nancy58,
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Have you spoke with GM Customer Assistance? Can you please email me with your VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer? I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Holidays!
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • MILEAGE IS APPROXIMATELY 56000 AND WILL BE TAKING IT TO GEORGE NAHAS CHEVROLET IN WILDWOOD FL. WOULD RATHER NOT POST MY VIN # ON THIS PAGE, BUT SEND ME AN EMAIL THAT I CAN REPLY TO, AND I'LL GLADLY SEND IT. I CHATTED WITH GM YESTERDAY WITH NO SATISFACTION.
  • Good morning,

    Please use the email address provided under our Edmunds.com profile (either gmcustsvc or gmcustsvcsarah -- both will be received by us).

    Kind regards,
    Sarah
    GM Customer Service
  • My car just keeps dying. I took it to a mechanic and he ran a diagnostic on the electrical system but could not pinpoint the problem. He recharged my battery but it was dead again within three days. I bought a 5 volt solar panel to help charge the battery, but this has been ineffective.
    I took my car to a Chevrolet service center once before and will never go back there again. I don't know what to do or where to go to fix my vehicle. It's practically new with less than 22,000 miles on it and its worthless to me as I can't drive it. Please help!!
  • I am sorry that you are experiencing difficulties with your Vue, and that you seem to have not had a satisfactory experience at the dealership service center you visited. If you would like, we could find another dealership in your vicinity. Or we could open a Customer Assistance case with you and work with you towards getting a diagnosis.

    Please send us an email with more information, including a description of your experience at the Chevrolet dealership you alluded to in your post, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and your name/username and contact information (phone and address).

    Best,
    Sarah
    GM Customer Service
  • Wow this must be an epidemic with the Vue’s. I also have a 2007 Vue-battery went dead, and had me stranded with a sick grandchild in the back seat.

    Changed the battery, had the alternator checked, and it was good. Now when I try to cut the car on, it may or may not stay running. I am terrified to go anywhere, thinking that it may not cut back on and leave me stranded somewhere.

    So So depressed!!
  • Hello all,

    I wanted to thank you for contributing to this discussion, and to let you know that I have made a note of this thread for GM. I can't present any guarantees as to what this will do, as I am far removed from the discussions on these types of things.

    If we can assist, as always, we're available to you by email.

    Regards,
    Sarah
    GM Customer Service
  • Did you ever figure out the problem on your vue? I was wondering because i am the head technician at a used car lot and i have one with a similar problem. When your car cuts off does the security light come on? If it does it is the same problem i am having i have changed the PCM, BCM,cleaned the grounds, applied dielectric grease to the pcm terminals,the bcm terminals the tcm terminals and the fuse box terminals. When i put the scanner on it i have a fuel enable password not received code in the pcm but no other codes if i had a loss of communication with the bcm i should have a U code but i dont. I am at my wits end if i dont figure out something soon im gonna wash it with gasoline and dry it with a match
  • before you had all this work done did you have a coolant leak and if so did you add stop leak to the system? if so the radiator may be partially clogged and not able to cool at idle. Did they replace the thermostat? As far as the oil light goes have the mechanic check the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge hot at idle if it is below spec may need to replace the oil pump...( but before they do) drop the oil pan and look for metal. i had one doing the same thing with the oil light coming on engine hot at idle and it was bad main bearings (excessive clearance) Hope this helps
  • We took it to the GM dealer, but they couldn't find anything wrong as it wasn't doing it when we brought it in. They said the computer wasn't communicating. It hasn't done it again since!
  • Hi. I've had the same problem with my 09 Vue also. I was driving one day and all of the electrical went completely out: all the lights, all the gauges, even the OnStar system. I pulled over because I too was afraid and turned the car off. Then, it wouldn't turn on. I waited about 10 minutes and tried again and the car did turn on with electrical. I called OnStar for a diagnostic and they found nothing wrong. A few weeks later, the car wouldn't even start! Took to a dealer who also replaced the battery (on a 2 year old car???). I haven't had issues since, but that was only shortly ago, so maybe it's not a battery issue on my car. Perhaps the same as you??
  • I have an 06 Vue, and I just started having problems. First the heated seats ouit working, switches light up, Second, the pass. side air bag wont turn on when my wife sits in car. And third, my lights swiches for rear defroster, and recicuilting air is out. Can all three be related.
    Other than these problems it is the nicest car I owned.
  • We had the seat warmer switch go also. We had the computer for the ac go as well. Very frustrating as we would like to sell, but don't know when this computer problem will turn up again! It seems to me that this is an on going problem with the vues. Too bad, as we really love the car, but turning us away from another GM product!
  • Please keep us posted if you were to decide to work with a GM dealership. We would be happy to assist in the process.

    Best,
    Sarah
    GM Customer Service
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