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Saturn Vue Transmission Problems



  • After my 2nd trip to a G M dealer in Appleton WI. and several calls to G M "hotline". It has benn determined that I have a shuddering toqure convertor that need to be replaced at a cost of $ 2,451.00 pluss tax. I REMIND all vue owners and any having trans. problems that mine started at 40,000 mi. my first trip to the G M dealer cost me $106.00 to have reccomended partial trans flush, which in my opinion did nothing. As of 11-4 10 a G M rep. called me to offer $ 500.00 off the price of repairs, I declined. I expected G M to do MUCH better. As a loyal G M buyer for the past 40 years . I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT I WILL END WITH THIS. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER G M PRODUCT AND WILL STRONGLY DISCOURAGE ANY ONE ELSE FROM DOING SO. Rays transmissions of Neenah would do the same repairs for$1,600.00
  • Hey ya'll I just got home from hunting and was informed the vue wasn't running right . took for drive and found myself stuck in a neighbors driveway not being able to backup. Firewall sticker says its a 4 cylinder and i cant find the black loop dipstick, however i did find a hidden reservior any replys would be greatly appreciated cause this is the first major and the car is at 87k
  • just woundering if G M has contacted you since their offer . i have an 06 vue, trans problems started at 40,000 now at 46,000 they have offered to pay $5oo on a$2,600 toqure convertor replacement i expected them to do much better, so much for customer loyalty
  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    A change of fluid (used BG oil from dealer) solved the suppossed torque converter problem in my 06 Vue. A whole lot cheaper than converter. I don't think they really know what they are doing. local trans guy said change the oil and the shuddering would go away and it did. Earl in Hartland. -- Oh- What loyalty. That was old GM, We have new
    GM now
  • As I have received no further contact from G M, I am still looking ans listening to other vue owners with the toqureconvertor shudder. I just talked to Ray, at Rays transmissions of Neenah. He told me doing a complete flush with BG fluid would not help, and that not replaceing the toqureconvertor would sooner or latter do further dammage to the transmission. any and all comments appreciated.
  • huckebyhuckeby Posts: 2
    edited December 2010
    i have a 2003 vue front wheel drive and trans wont shift out of first i bought car used had trans scaned and found code p1882 had speed sensor fixed at a heafty price of 400.00 bucks an trans still does not shift as of now no trans shop will not touch a saturn with a vti trans they will almost gag when you tell them what you have i will never buy another gm product again a used trans sells for 2.000 to 3.000 dollars gm should have to pay up but they are gov owned now so everybody we can complain all we want but that all we can do anyone want to buy a saturn vue cheep . you can cut body off frame and put on jeep frame at least you could drive it i think will just bury it put up a cross that says now here is a vue pronounced view
  • earl16 do like im going to do (get rid of it) no mater how much money you spend on trans it will tear up again they are no good gm knew that dont spend your hard earned money on it it will come back to haunt you it did me but good luck anyhow
  • ctenorctenor Posts: 7
    On Dec 6th I had rays transmissions of neenah wisconsin replace my toqure convertor. $1,680.00 . G M wanted aprox $2,600.00 to do the job. G M offered me $500.00 towards the bill . I told them that they we doing me no favor at all, as it would cost me less to have Ray do the job.I also told G M that unless they would better their offer I would never buy another G M . So far it looks like they dont care. So far i have about 600 miles on the vue since ray replaced the toqure convertor and the past problems are gone. I HOPE THE BEST FOR YOU GUYS, KEEP BANGING ON G M AS I ALSO WILL DO.
  • dipnetdipnet Posts: 3
    I posted a msg months ago regarding the same problem others have posted regarding the 2006 Vue tranny shuddering at about 1300-1500 RPM, with little load on the tranny. Giving the engine more gas or dropping into "I" gear, the problem goes away, only to return when near the same RPM, regardless of the gear, even in "L". I had the tranny completely flushed and refilled and the problem went away - at least for now. Driving has been typical around town and short trips, but also 2-3 400-mile round trips jaunts. I will have the process repeated after about 10K or so miles. Keeping my fingers crossed. Poor product! And they advertised as quality made by American workers! And GM wants to regain our confidence? HA!
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    If its a V6, it has a Honda engine and transmission. That being said, there have been torque converter issues with the Honda transmissions which cause a shudder at low speeds.

    There are 2 things which have cured the problem:

    1. Drain and replace the transmission fluid (you've done that)

    2. Replace the torque converter.

    The Honda transmissions have had this problem in many of their own models as well as the're not alone. Good Luck...
  • Hello there!
    I also have similar problems with my Saturn 2003 Vue won´t shift into drive after temperature gets to normal, it does ok when cold and no problem shifting into reverse.
    I was wondering if you´ve got any new answers to the problem and if you could advise.

    Thaks so much in advance, Jorge. :sick:
  • alr22alr22 Posts: 1
    Hey everyone, my transmission as gone out for the 3rd time in less than 3 years. It's a 2004 Saturn Vue. The first time my private warrant covered it, the second time the Saturn dealership fixed it no charge since it was their part that broke again, but now since I had to take it to the GM dealership, they are offering to pay half of what it costs to repair it.

    Does anyone know anything about California Lemon Laws? I have no reason to think that even if they fix this again, it's going to go out again in a year. And that class action lawsuit will do me no good if it goes out again. I don't know how to get out from under this curse of a car!!!

    Any suggestions?
  • Hi
    Did you get your trans. fixed? I am having same problem. Once car warms up it will not go forward when you put it in drive. Reverse does work. The guy at the shop replaced torque converter and some cooling lines. Thats what came up on the code. Its an 03 Vue with the cvt trans. Any help would be great. Mechanic can't figure it out.
  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    Hello; I just had a letter from Saturn offering to replace my 06 Saturn Vue torque converter if it was having problems or to pay for repairs I had already done. My Vue used to shudder and dealer had said it needed a new torque converter but two changes of trans fluid seems to have solved the problem, at least for now. I would call Saturn. Earl in Hartland
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    Hi there!

    I'm on my 4th Transmission replacement! Whoo Hoo! I purchased my 2005 Saturn Vue brand new and paid it off, so I have such a big investment in my car, but feel I am now in the driver's seat so to speak. I took my car in with my GM letter and at first the dealership tried to fix the problem instead of just replacing the transmission. That took a month or so. After that, the transmission went out soon after and it was replaced again! But wait! I've kind of lost count but to make a long story short I am on my 4th transmission. The beauty is that the transmission itself is under warranty so the dealership is obligated to keep fixing or replacing my transmission for 3 years. granted, it is a pain in the [non-permissible content removed], but at least I will keep taking it back and getting a nice rental and they will not get rid of me. Find out if you have a warranty as you should that covers the trans.

    I also called GM and basically told them that they owe me a new car! lol. I paid for my car and really thought it would last at least 10 years. They are very nice and GM but ofcourse they feel I cashed in my compensation with them paying for half of my transmission and they cannot do anything more. I told them that they would be paying for alot more than the car is worth at this point with the labor and parts that will keep generating expenses paid under the warranty and that I was in no financial condition to take on a new car loan (I doubt I could get one!).

    The main downside is that it is dangerous to have your transmission just go out whenever and I have kids, but I definitely will not sell to anyone, that would be kind of unethical for me personally.
  • trobin1trobin1 Posts: 1
    Who do you contact? Numbers etc?? I have a 2003 and in 2009 they replaced the transmission now I took it in again and I need this one replaced and it will cost me 4,000-5,000. ANd I can't afford that I might as well get a new car. Please help..
  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    Hi; My letter date Feb 2011 from Saturn (Jim Maloney - General Director) gave the customer assistance center at 1 800 972 8876. They are taliing about replacing the torque converter or paying for past fixes with proper documentation. Also says to contact dealer to have them reprogram the powertrain control module at no charge. Hope this helps, Earl in Hartland
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
    GM Customer Service
  • jack777jack777 Posts: 1
    Have a 2004 Saturn Vue, 114,000 miles, did good till Jan 1 of this year. $5,509 to have transmission rebuilt. Took forever. Got it back, one week later back in shop. Month there still rebuilding. Just got back last week, Today, in the parking lot of where I work, Reverse fine, went to put it drive; kerplunk, transmission out again for the third time in 3 months. Ready to get my money back and sell, sell, sell.
  • ej777ej777 Posts: 1
    Earl did your car have an extended warranty? Do you have the 3.5 liter Honda engine?
    My trans just started leaking a week ago a small amount now today its really bad.
  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    Hi; I do have the Honda setup. I do not have extended warranty. I never had a leak problem. It looks like Saturn will pay for some issues. I would call them on that. Good luck.
    Earl in Hartland
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    I'm looking at purchasing a 2005 Saturn Vue with a 3.5 V6. The SUV looks great and appears to have been well cared for. However, according to the Carfax report, there are three service incidents involving AAMCO. The first occurred at 89,871 miles, the second at 100,443, and the third at 109,040. The car presently has 122,360 miles on it.

    Are transmission problems common for this year, make, and model? I'm pretty sure this has a Honda engine. Does Honda make the transmission?
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    hi i would advise against buying this car.
  • earl16earl16 Posts: 14
    If it is the Honda trans there is definitely issues. Though if ithas lasted this long maybe it will go the distance. I have been wondering if I sould dump my at 88k. Maybe you could check the service record. Earl in Hartland
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    I just found out that the transmission was completely rebuilt at 89,000 miles by AAMCO. The repair bill was over $4,000. AAMCO offers a 3-year warranty, but it's not-transferable.
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    Listen, it sounds like you are in love with this car! lol but there are lots of cars out there for the same amount that will serve you better. I am on my fourth transmission. I've paid over 2k with the Saturn warranty but have been stuck in the middle of the night when it has gone out. Yes, I also have a 3 year warranty but it doesnt feel so great knowing the thing will continue to go out. Right now, I'm at 3 months with the new trans and I feel it slipping again. You really shouldnt buy this car. just advice and probably totally jaded at this point.

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    I see that you are having issues with your transmission. Have you spoken to GM Customer Assistance?

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    yes, I wasted a couple of weeks with a GM specialist who said they were going to look into some solutions. Why do you do this to us? They came back with nothing useful. I feel GM needs to replace my car because I paid my car off and it is back in the shop as of today and will never be 100% fixed. Luckily I have a 3 year warranty so will keep bringing it back for three years. I'm on my fourth transmission. GM said they couldnt do anymore for me since I took advantage of the 50% reimbursement on the transmission. So yes I have spoken to GM assistance.
  • 05vuemn05vuemn Posts: 1
    Wish I would have read online earlier. Just took an '05 on trade and although it seems to drive/function nice, tranny seems 'hesitant' compared to most my past vehicles. No failure or anything, but thought I'd check it out & found all of you. It's got a replacement engine in it - Honda V6, but how do I tell if it's got this vti or what trans? Any proactive or maint suggestions? Probably just have to drive it now & hope for best - has 160k miles on it
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    Since you have spoken with GM Customer Service, was there a case set up? If so, could you please send me the case number? I would like to look into it further.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
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