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Saturn Vue Transmission Problems



  • ctenorctenor Posts: 7
    hello everyone ,Just want to say that G M has come through and paid me for the cost of replacing the toqure convertor on my 06 vue which has the 6 cyclinder engine. So as G M has made attonement my faith in G M IS RETORED. if your problems are not being handeled by various dealers, contact gmcustsvc dont give up, thanks ,chuck
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    I am happy to hear everything worked out for you! If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • dgomezdgomez Posts: 12
    It sounds like you are ok at 160k miles and you shouldnt worry. I actually do not know how to find out about the Honda transmission. I am also curious.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited April 2011
    The vti transmission was only available for MY 2002-2004 (and early 2005). It was also only available on 4cylinder Vues.

    The trans in a Honda engine equipped Vue is a Honda transmission. It is the same transmission that is found in any Honda product which uses the 3.5 V6. A common problem with these transmissions is with the torque converter. They are also very picky about the condition of the fluid.

    Step 1 with the Honda trans is to change the fluid - Empty and refill it 3 times with new fluid over the course of a couple of weeks to get most of it changed with new fluid. DON'T GET IT FLUSHED!!!!!
    Also, be sure to use the specific Honda fluid...its called "Z1" No other fluids are compatible ASFAIK.

    Step 2 - there was a recent recall on them where they had to reprogram the PCM. You may want to check to make sure it was done, a GM dealer should be able to look that up for you

    Good Luck
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    Was able to talk the dealer down to $5K. How long can I expect a Vue 3.5L V6 Honda engine to last? What do you think?
  • zoom27zoom27 Posts: 1
    I purchased my Saturn Vue in the winter of 2009. Like the car design and MPG on highway is approx. 27 miles. Can't beat that. This March with no warning whatsoever, I was driving in downtown intersection when the transmission just totally blew out while I was driving under the major traffic light. I thank God that I didn't get hit broadside. I was able to find a re-built transmission with a 100,000 K or three year warranty on it. In total, it cost me about $3200.00's to replace, money I don't have to just spend on a transmission replacement.
    ($800.00 core charge) I am just now processing paperwork and requesting that Saturn initiate a reimbursement to me. My transmission blew out at 75,062 miles. I feel very adamant that they should replace the entire cost. If a transmission is going to just blow out without warning, putting citizens lives at stake, they should be more than willing to cover the total cost of the transmission parts, labor and reprogramming! I am now faced with the Big Decision as to whether I should trade the Vue in and get rid of it, which is what I should do! I have no interest in trusting this vehicle again. It's just so ultimately frustrating! Zoom
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    Do you currently have a case set up with GM Customer Assistance? If so, could you please email me the case number? I would like to look into your situation further.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • My story of problems is much like others. While taking off from a stop light, the transmission went out. I just had enough speed to make it to the center median. The car has not moved on its own since that day, January 2008!!!! It has been sitting in my parents driveway. 104,000 miles!!!
    I was waiting on the settlement that was supposed to take place two years ago but got canceled. any idea if GM is fixing their bad transmissions? It went out while I still had payments on it and I had to roll the remaining balance on the note into a new car.
    My daughter is getting ready to go off to college and needs a car, and I don't know whether to fix the VUE or not or to junk it. I think SATURN/GM should do something about this.

  • vueowner90vueowner90 Posts: 1
    Me and my mom saved up money to buy a car and we went and bought this car in a mechanics shop for 3500 and 118,000 miles. We thought it was a good buy the car looks brand new and when I drove it for a test drive nothing seemed wrong. Now the problems started showing up. I was driving it last week and all of a sudden it didn't want to move anymore it started making this noise when I would step on the the accelerator. I called GM and they told me to take it to a GM dealership and get it diagnosed. I took it and they told me that something that has to do with the transmission stopped working and its going to cost 4500 to fix it plus tax. I called GM customer service again and the representative told me that a specialist is going to call me in two days. The specialist called and told me that theres nothing they can do since I"m passed the 100,000 miles and he advised not to fix it either. The sad part I only got to drive it for two weeks I don't even have a month with it! So now I'm stuck with this car can't fix it or sell it. I'm so mad closed to tears because this is my first car and all the hard earned money went to waste. I cant pay to get it fixed because I'm in college and I have to pay my classes too. I'm don't know what to do all I know is I want to get rid of this car.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited May 2011
    Don't get it fixed - the VTi transmission in the 2002-2004 4 cylinder Vues has been a giant sized wart on Saturn/GM.

    There is a wealth of information on the internet about the failures of this transmission. Search "saturn VTi transmission". Its always a good idea to check around on the internet before buying any car. I wish I had good news....Unfortunately, the place that sold it to you either didn't know or stuck you with it hoping that you wouldn't find out before you bought it....

    Do you have a regular mechanic that you deal with? He won't be able to fix it but talk to him about it. If you can find a 2005-2007 Vue in a junkyard maybe he can do a transplant of sorts as they were different transmissions which were much more reliable and will bolt right up to your engine without modifications.. Or maybe convert it to a manual transmission which was available in 2004. Might be 1/4 the price of replacing the one that is in there now. There might be nothing that he can do but you won't find out till you ask. You might even have to talk to a couple of mechanics.

    Here's a discussion about just such a project: link title

    Search around that site - there's a wealth of Vue info there.

    I've also read that for a while GM dealers were offering decent trade in value for Vues like yours with the problem transmission. I suppose it was a peace offering of sorts. Might want to check around at local dealers if that's something that would be doable for you.

    Best of Luck...
  • neworleansladyneworleanslady Posts: 3
    edited May 2011
    I bought my Saturn VUE in 2003, new off of the car dealership lot and it has been really great to me. I have 63,322 miles on it and it lost power exiting off the interstate @ 40 mph. and my service engine soon light came on. I brought it to Custom Built Transmission @ 7525 Westbank Expwy in Marrero,La. on 10-28-10 and they told me that it would cost $2285.54 to replace main control valve body,remove and replace automatic transmission,transmission oil, and pan gasket. The computer gave a code P0971 P.C. Solenoid 3 control. I then took my Saturn VUE to Don Bohn Westbank @ 3801 Lapalco Blvd. in Harvey,La. on 01-09-11 and they said my vehicle was fine. I have not drove it since Jan. 2011 because it smells like something is burning up when I start the vehicle and drive just around the block. My husband has been out of work for the past 2 years and we cannot afford $2,285.54 to replace the transmission. Where can I go for help? My vehicle is paid for and I would like to keep it because I cannot afford any more bills at this time. Please tell me where to bring my vehicle for help? Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you :sick:
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    Could you please email me your VIN? I would like to look further into your situation.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • hny1161hny1161 Posts: 3
    I purchased a 2004 Saturn Vue on Oct.25,2010. from a used car dealership that I was working at. The car had 79442 miles on it. When I asked about the car I was told by my boss (the owner) that the car was in great shape. He said it had a new battery, new tires, and a new transmission. I test drove the car and all seemed to be well with it. I did not take an extended warranty on the vehicle because he said everything he sold had a 3 month/3,000 mile warranty and since it had a new transmission it was under warranty for 12 months. Hindsight being 20/20 I wished I had never purchased this car. Within 2 weeks of owning the car the transmission began slipping, the warning light came on in the dash. I called him and explained my concern but he told me that this type of transmission just shifted differently and the light might be on for a number of reasons and he did not warrant engine light repairs as that is usually just some censor failing. I had less than 500 miles on the car at the time. He said just keep driving it it would be OK. I couldn't afford to take it in for repair anywhere else so I kept driving it. Eventually the shifting seemed to get better but the light did not go off. I called him again twice more in Dec 2010 and Jan 2011 the car had not reached the 3 month/ 3,000 mile limit at that time. I was put off and phone calls not returned. I was laid off Feb 4,2011 and tried to contact the owner to no avail. In March we took an extended road trip and the warning light went off but the car shook really bad jumping during shifting.When we returned home I called and spoke to the dealership owner who advised me the transmission was still warranted and to let him contact the person he had purchased it from and I could take it to him for repair. It was stll covered. I never got a phone call back and numerous attempts went unanswered.I was told he was out of town or some other excuse each time.The mileage on the car was 86,257 when we had to park it because it would not move.I did some research online and found there were known problem with this cars transmission. A rep from GM phoned me back and gave me a case #. She said I could take it to a GM dealer and the cost to replace the transmission would be $4000. and I would have to pay half. Again I tried the response. Then I went to the person who he bought the car from...a local automotive transmission repairman. There I was told the transmission was not warranted and he had put a used transmission in it before he sold it to the dealer.So now I have a car with a known problem made worse by so called professionals that I cannot drive. I am still obligated to pay the loan company which I cannot pay because I can't work because I have no transportation. My credit is being ruined. I spoke to an attorny who advised me to file a small claims suit. The maximum is only $3000. and that's not enough to repair ransmission or pay off the car. he then suggested to just tell the loan company to repo. What options do I have? Is there anything you can suggest? I can't afford a lawsuit but it seems that this car should not have been on the road with the known problems especially being sold at a licensed used car dealership.
  • hny1161hny1161 Posts: 3
    There is not a dipstick for the transmission. I found that out the hard way
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    You stated you spoke with GM Customer Service; do you have a case set up? If so, could you please email me the case number? I would like to look further into your situation.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • hny1161hny1161 Posts: 3
    Mycase # is 71-933198650. Any help will be greatly appreciated.Thank You
  • snowman19snowman19 Posts: 1
    hey Carol I bought a used Saturm Ion 2003 has 75,000 miles drove it for 2 months and transmission is dead.I contacted local Gm dealer and they say 5100 dollars to replace.I wrote to GM a month ago about the problem and never heard back.Im going to have the new tranny put in but was wondering if I qualify for the discount since the car only has 75,000.I told my local dealer about the issues this transmission has and she said she never heard anything about the problem.Can you help me with this or am I just stuck for the bill.I know there was a lawsuit settlement on this issue was wondering if it was being honored still.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    I would be happy to look into your case for you however could you please email me directly?

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • I sure will e-mail you but I do not have your address. I gave my VIN # but e-mailed me back and said due to privacy I could not post my VIN #. Thanks for your quick response !
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Just click on another member's name to get to their Profile. Email addresses will be available there if the member has made it public, as Caron has.
  • qcgirlqcgirl Posts: 1
    Yesterday May 19,2011 i bought a 2002 Saturn Vue from a used car dealer and three hours later it broke down on me. I am absolutely devastated i'm a college student and i put down every penny i have saved $3,000 to get the car and financed another $2,000 the car was sold as is so i have no legal repercussion to fix this. So now i have no car, no money for a down payment, and my credit will be ruined (which i have worked really hard to not have bad credit) because i can't make payments on a car i can't drive. I can't even find the words to describe how i feel right now utterly hopeless is close though. Saturn says there has been a transmission replacement done on the car once at 50,000miles there's only 85,000miles on it now how is it possible a car company would allow transmission that don't even last more than 50k miles in there cars? I bought a Saturn because i have multiple relatives who own one and love it. My dad has had three and they all got over 200,000. I feel like i've gotten stuck with a lemon and it's going to ruin my life. Please tell me there is something that can be done keeping in mind i have no money because i used it to get the car.
  • jabirjabir Posts: 1
    i have saturn vue 2003 transmition probalame any one can help me??????????????????????
  • jrbud29jrbud29 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2006 vue with the Honda motor. I've read the problems about the transmission. I seem to experience the same boggy motor and shifting rpm's at 30-40mph. It has 77,000 and I made an appointment to get the tranny flushed. Why should I not get it flushed?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I would not flush it since the Honda trans uses special fluid (called Z1) I wouldn't believe for a minute that the fluid they are flushing through it is the correct fluid so ultimately you wind up with a bunch of new fluid in your trans that is of the wrong specification. Don't be fooled - the "Z1" IS a special fluid. And at $80+ a case they are probably not filling the flushing machine with the stuff.

    Get the fluid at a Honda dealer and drain and refill the transmission fluid. I bet it will cure your boggy shifting and save you a bunch of $ in the process.

    Here's the procedure: link title
  • lukeluckylukelucky Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Saturn Vue Redline, and mine has been extremely reliable. I have had it since 2007, and never had a problem. The engine has plenty of power and gets good mpg(21-23 city, 25-28 highway and i have even got 30mpg twice!). I would recommend this car to anyone in the suv market.
  • Very long story, but my 2003 Saturn Vue is at my local "Saturn Authorized Dealer" awaiting it's 5th transmission. It takes 7-10 days to get it and another two days to fix it.

    At this point I think they are just sending the current tranny to get rebuilt and will send it back. They won't give me a loaner either. The worst thing about this is the last time the tranny was replaced I had to fight to only pay for the tranny partially. It was $2,800.00. This was in October and a few months ago I started noticing it was slipping, but the dealer couldn't "replicate" the issue after having the car for a day and another day I took the tranny guy for an over 30 mile drive. Finally after I agreed to leave it at the dealer for as long as it would take for a mechanic to drive it home every day until it did it for him, he "replicated' the issue.

    The first time it happened was when the car was 3 months old.

    The people who engineered this transmission were inept individuals who don't realize what danger people like myself are being put in driving these death traps.
  • lomojolomojo Posts: 1
    I bought it new, at 30,000 miles tran went out and Austin Texas dealership did a repair and I insisted on an extended warranty, they gave me till 75,000, I had to use it twice at Arlington Texas dealership (again they "repaired" it) and by then I had found out what a bad deal I had on my hands, here I am now at 130,000 and the car will go in Reverse but not drive, I am unemployed and DO NOT have the money for a new tran or new car, and regardless of my present finances I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO!!!!! where is GM now? where is Saturn customer service?
  • jazzytravjazzytrav Posts: 1
    I have the 4-cylinder version of the 2006 Saturn Vue. For a few months now there has been a delay in reverse. I brought it into a transmission place, which told me it needs either a rebuild or new tranny. I was just told today that there is a recall on Saturn Vue transmissions that my car qualifies for, but I can't seem to find any information on it. Does anyone know about the recall that I'm talking about and if my Vue qualifies?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    I apologize for your concerns. Can you please email me your VIN and I will look into recall information for you. I look forward to speaking with you! Have a great weekend!
    GM Customer Service
  • Hello one and all.

    I have a 2005 Saturn Vue with less that 83,000 miles on it. I bought this car from a dealership as used on Janurary, 31st 2010, and yes the Carfax is clean on it. I started to have problems with it last week. I took it into the garage and was told that I need a brand new transmission, because the one I have is factory defective and will be $4000 to fix it. Also he mentioned that the guy that he gets his transmissions from sells 3-5 of these a week. Now correct me if I am wrong, but that sounds like a lot to me. It should be apparent that I do not feel like paying for this, if it is a problem with the make of it. Any suggestions on how to get ahold of GM to discuss it being replaced? Thank you all.
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