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Saturn Vue Maintenance and Repair

tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
Got problems with your VUE? Can you help with solving them? Here's the place to do it.

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  • voneal627voneal627 Posts: 1
    I have been a happy Saturn owner since 1995, starting with a little SL2. I finally caved in 2003 when it was stolen, and decided I was ready for an SUV. It's funny, but I didn't even know at the time that Saturn made an SUV. Well, for $ sake, I "settled" for the 2003 4-cyl manual model with NO bells and whistles. Although it was not as powerful as I felt an SUV should be, I was relatively happy with it. BUT this year I finally took the leap and got the '06 Red Line. This is quite a powerful vehicle. But I have two major complaints. First, and hopefully this one will soon become my only complaint, I hate the centre console. On the 2003 model, the console sets low between the front seat and each cupholder is amply large for almost any cup you'd use. For large drinking jugs like tankards and gallon-size bladder-busters, I was always able to just set the thing on top of the console and it remained stably supported between the seats. In the '06 Red Line, the console sets level with the front seats AND the cupholders are smaller. I can use my coffee travel mug, fast food cups, and 16 or maybe 20 oz soda bottles. Anything larger will not fit and you can't just set it on top because there's nothing to help hold it!

    My second complaint lately has been A/C. I only have 9800 miles on this car, and for the past ~month I've had A/C problems. My drive to work lasts ~50 minutes, and sometimes AFTER work I get all the way home and the A/C has not yet reached full cooling temp. I won't belabour the point, but I'm hoping that on my now 3rd trip to the dealership tomorrow, they will find the problem and fix it!
  • I bought my 2002 Vue last year. In the winter the SES light continued to come on and I replaced the EAC (don't remember the name) Sensor. Two days later it came on again. I was fed up with it and my mechanic said he couldn't find anything wrong with it. I drove it for two weeks and it went off then came back on for one and it hasn't come on sine January. car continues to Vapor Lock (or so I think). I will be idling and it dies and won't start up again. The gage does not say it's hot and when you open the gas cap and pour water on it you can start it in about 30 minutes or so until it dies again. My mechanic and the dealership cannot find anything wrong with it but if it doesn't start or stay running there HAS to be something wrong. Any ideas???? I'm scared to drive it and at this point I just want to drive it off a cliff!!!
  • scopusscopus Posts: 6
    My vehicle used to do something similar. I would be driving down the road and it would just stall out. If I let the car cool down (about 30-45 min.) it would then start up again. It would only stall after at least 20 minutes of driving. On short trips around town it was fine. The SES light would always come on but the mechanic was able to identify the code (???) after hooking it up to a computer.

    Replacing the mass air flow sensor fixed it (the second time). The first one was bad too (rebuilt part). It definitely shook my confidence in the car, but since replacing it, it drives fine now.
  • I have a 2002 vue and recently involved in an accident and now the engine hesitates or surges, bumps while the a/c unit is on. Is there anything i can look for to resolve the problem?
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Sounds like the clutch or bearings in the A/C compressor are seizing or engaging when they shouldn't. You should be able start the engine, switch on the A/C, flip the hood and watch the A/C belt and compressor to see if it appears to be "stalling" or dragging intermittently.
  • My daughter has a 2002 Saturn Vue. While driving, the instrument panel "turns off". It lasts momentarily and then as mysteriously as it "turned off" it comes back on. I don't believe the engine dies. It's annoying to her and the dealer says they can't find the cause. Any clues?
  • We had similar electrical problems with our 2002 Vue. In the end, they replaced the wiring harness and they went away.

    Getting to that was a fiasco, though. Our extended warranty didn't want to pay for the repair, since the dealership didn't want to individually check each wire of the harness to prove that something was actually broken. I won't be buying any more Saturns because of the horrendous service and repeated quality issues with the Vue.

    Hope you fare better.

  • Hi - I have an 04 saturn vue V6 awd, suspension components replaced twice under warranty, 45k, and it rides like crap. Any suggestions for aftermarket bushings?
  • Can I replace the horn on an 06 Vue 6 cyl with a louder one by simply mounting the new horn and reconnecting the wires even if the new horn says use a 20 amp fuse? Can I use the original relay etc.?
  • After about 2 years my 2005 Saturn Vue does not start as soon as you turn the key anymore. This does not happen all the time. But sometimes the engine will crank for about 10 to 15 seconds before it starts, and it will always start. Someone told me that the fuel filter is partially clogged. First, where is the fuel filter located? Second, Has anyone seen this problem too?
  • Our 2003 Vue looses power after idling at a stop. When you press the accelerator, nothing happens, the engine doesn't rev, and the car will creep forward. This is very intermittent, happening only every few weeks. However, it is getting to a point of being dangerous because we never know when it is going to happen. The local delearship reprogrammed the TCM controller, which helped a little but didn't solve it. They can't find anything further wrong with it. Has anyone else had this happen?
  • How do I replace my cabin filter on a 2006 Saturn Vue 2.2 liter?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    This should help: Saturn Vue Cabin Air Filter

    Let us know how you make out!

    tidester, host
  • I have a 06 Vue AWD V6 and it is making an annoying squealing noise. It is intermittent and coming from the passenger front. The squeeling increases with speed and and I can't pinpoint what brings it on. I have had it to the dealer, but of course it never squeals for them and they said they checked everyting...did I buy a pig?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Instruct your dealer to check the belts.

    tidester, host
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    I have a 2003 Vue I4 FWD. Has anyone found a source for manuals for the Vues?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Here's one option - try your local public library. They may subscribe to or to the Auto Repair Reference Center database. In my area I can get free online access to the latter from my home computer and can just print out the pages I need. offers free online repair guides for a lot of different cars too.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Many thanks. I suppose Chilton/Haynes will eventually get around to it, but the wait is a killer!
  • mine does the same I've heard this in a previously owned vehicle I think it's the wheel bearing...this is most likely my cause anyway because the tone of the annoying sound doesn't change like a belt when you give it gas you'd hear the sound change...mine only changes with the speed of the's a bad wheel bearing at 30K...not good!!
  • wadelwadel Posts: 5
    Just took delivery of a 2007 AWD Vue. Only had it 3 days now. Seems as if the radio volume changes on it's own. If you listen closely it drops down then back to your original setting. Are there any issues like this found by others? Or is it my Wifes and my imagination? We have the FM w/CD radio.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Don't overlook that it could be the radio station you are listening to, or even strength of signal due to driving around and changing location. And like on TV, maybe the advertisements are broadcast louder. Other than that, I suppose you could have a "weak transistor" in the receiver.
  • First let me say I LOVE MY VUE!! Unfortunately I am getting tired of freezing my toes off because my floor level selector on my heat and air doesn't seem to work right any more. Worked fine before, but now when I select the floor flow option the air comes through the upper dash vents in my face. I loved the fact that I could keep the air out of my eyes! This past weekend I took the dash and console out thinking I could correct the problem, but they did not make the air handling unit easy to get to. Even if I could get to it there wasn't a clear cut way to get in it! Any suggestions? I have looked everywhere for a manual and there are none to be found unless you work for saturn...
    My freezing toes thank any help they can get! :confuse:
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    I would hate to have to do it, but a lot of public libraries can hook you up with the Mitchell Manual. It is quite comprehensive, and therefore might help you out.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Here's a link to Mitchell and some other repair manuals that your library may offer access to.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Outstanding! Thanks.
  • oitsuboboitsubob Posts: 5
    I took the advice of all the folks who say that you can find manuals for the vue through manufactureres. I don't mind investing the money to own one, but how come none are available to the average joe??! I got shuffled to Auto zones manual site and they don't even have my year listed! When I go to Mitchells site I find that I have to pay some membership to access any info. I sure hope the library has something! Kind of starting to feel like no one is supposed to know anything about rapairs on thier Vues. Some of us just don't trust the fly-by-night mechanics to work on something we are spending our hard earned dollors on. I'm not saying all mechanics are like that, but all the ones that I even let touch my Vue have screwed up one thing while "fixing" another. Sorry guys, really frustrated :(
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    It is a pain; the online one that I can get to just has TSBs and wiring diagrams for the Vue.

    There is one factory repair manual for sale on eBay at the moment - usual disclaimers!
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Let me get this straight. You have a new car and it has a problem and you start taking it apart to fix it. Why haven't you gone to the dealership????
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I understood it to be an '04 Vue - maybe the warranty has run out?
  • oitsuboboitsubob Posts: 5
    Yes warranty has run out, but I wasn't too confident in the dealership that I had to use either. Too many problems with fixing one thing and breaking something else...
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