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Saturn Vue Maintenance and Repair



  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I would suggest that you 1st try cleaning the throttle body. They tend to collect a bunch of carbon over time. Post back if you need more info.
  • I know it's been a couple of years since you posted the problem with your redline transmission... I have an 04 with the v6. I am having the same issue with my transmission that you did. Did you ever get an answer to the problem?
  • FANTASTIC!!! I just happened to have a can of throttle body cleaner...
    That worked!!

  • My 2004 v6 has been shifting into overdrive prematurely. At speeds as low as 35-40 mph it will go into overdrive and the engine sounds like it's lugging. I can step on the throttle and it will downshift but, then goes right back into overdrive. Really damn annoying. I have 140,000 miles and have kept up on all of the maintenance.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Two thoughts:

    1 - You mention that you have kept up on all of the maintenance and that is good...when was the last time you changed the trans fluid? Many Honda powered Vue owners change the trans fluid every 25-30000 miles as its really sensitive to having clean fluid.

    2 - Mine is a 4 cyl but there was a recall recently for the Vue torque converter, I believe that they reprogrammed the trans to shift at different points and in some cases they replaced the torque converter. I wish I had more info about it but do a little searching and I'm sure you will find information.
  • I can't remember the last time I changed the fluid. I had the 100,000 mile service done at the dealer.... maybe the trans fluid was done then? Even so, that would've been over 40,000 miles ago. Jiffy Lube?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited September 2011
    Change the fluid 1st - make sure you use Honda Z1 fluid.

    Here's a little info: link title

    Some will change the fluid 3x over the course of a month as you never really drain out all of it. So by changing 3x over a short period of time you get a lot of new fluid in there. Apparently the Honda trans is sensitive to clean fluid. Also, you can't change the filter unless you open up the trans so just change the fluid. And DON'T get it flushed - the fluid they flush it with will not be Honda Z1 and will likely cause more harm than good.
  • Something I can do myself? And where do I get it from?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    you can definitely do it yourself...its no more difficult than an oil change...actually easier since all you do is drain it out and refill it with the same amount of new fluid that you drained out of old fluid. You can get the Z1 fluid at any Honda dealer...You may also be able to find it online. Its not inexpensive (~$9 a qt as I understand) but its the fluid that your trans was designed to use.

    I don't own one so I can't give too many tips but I bet a quick internet search or 2 will give you all the info that you need.
  • I am having some real issues with my 2004 4 cy saturn vue. I bought this car in November 2003 and only have 116K miles on the car. I took the car in for regular service at Saturn until they closed the dealership here. I have been taking it to another GM dealership since then. My issues are as follows. First, there is a deep whirling sound the car makes as soon as I step on the gas and when the car slows down. The sound is still there when I am driving, but not as loud. Then, the car makes this annoying sound when it is in park and in neutral. Also, the car has a knocking sound for about five mins. after the car is cut off. And to top it all off, the rpms jump up now and then when I am driving at a steady speed. Oh, and at about 68 mph, the car starts to shake. I have been looking online about recalls for various parts on my car, but I can't find any. And since saturn no longer exists, the only dealership that looks at my car says that there is only one thing wrong...I need a transmission (which is going to cost me like 6K. I'm tripping cause my car never gave me any problems until the month after they closed the saturn here.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I also believe your issues revolve around your transmission - Your Vue likely has a VTi transmission based on the price of the trans repair.

    Unfortunately, the VTi transmission has had a well documented record of premature failures. There is no good news at this some internet searching - there is/was a class action suit about it, also GM was offering a trade in deal for Vue owners with the VTi transmission.

    Good Luck...
  • My VUE's engine light came on so I took it to the dealership. It has 45k miles so it's still under warranty. They hooked it up and said one cylinder was misfiring due to a stuck valve. They removed the engine and fixed it last week. This morning it started sputtering really a terrible idle and the engine light came on flashing and also the traction lights on the dashboard are lit. I immediately took it back to the dealership and they are going to look at it tomorrow. I'm upset cause this VUE had no issues until they fixed the drove smooth and now it's awful! Anyone know what could cause this and if there is something I need to watch out for. I'm sure they will diagnose tomorrow but I wanted to post on here also. Thanks!
  • Have you heard back on a diagnosis, hkolln?

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  • Has anyone had problems with their Saturn Vue Fuel Pumps. I just purchased this Vue in July, I haven't had it 6 months or driven 6000 miles & the dealership is asking for $1400 + to replace 2 fuel pumps & the sensor. The car isn't even 4 years old. I've always driven Honda and never had this many problems.

    The car takes a long time to turn over sometimes & when I fill up the gauge goes to fuel, I drive about 3 miles the next time I start the car the fuel gauge has jumped to just below 3/4 of a tank, then once I restart the car again, the gauge is back on full.

    I have 4 service records on this car already & this mess isn't even covered by the powertrain warranty.

    I believe this issue was happening way before I purchased the car but the dealership didn't acknowledge the issue when they "inspected" the car. I'm highly upset that a car that isnt even 5 years old has required so much work!
  • My sun roof leaks when it rains and the water runs down the drivers side door.
    I have had this problem fixed at least 3 times and it keeps on happening. I have also had problems with the electrical system since the sun roof leak. I have had to remove a fuse, because the interior lights will not shut off. The alsrm goes off when it rains for a long period of time
  • When my Saturn would do this i took it to a friends shop and they blew out the drain holes with an air compressor nozzle. I hadn't had a problem since. It was frustrating that the holes that were put there to keep water out of the car to begin with were the reasons why i had two inches of standing water in my car. Either way keep an eye on the two drain holes and you might want to see if maybe the tubes came undone and that is why it is messing with the electrical? Just brainstorming.... Good luck!!!!!
  • OMG...I am sorrry to read this 5 or so years later. But if you read this now, just be aware: It happened to me but it was a major problem and it ran into plenty $$. It was an engine problem which despite of many previous times checked by the Saturn mechanics, happened despite their saying 'nothing was wrong'. :(
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    The previous poster really hit it on the head but I'd like to add - the drain hose on the drivers side runs right where you say you have the leak...if the repair involved blowing air through the drain, it is possible that they blew the hose right off the fitting or the hose itself might be damaged. Repair the drain hose and you will cure your problem.
  • I have a 2006 Vue 6clyd 2WD, i love this car and i have now had it for 2 and a half years and have never had any issues out of it. over the past couple months i have had a sound coming out of the front end it seems, it sounds like a growling almost it only does it when im going under 50 mph, and sometimes it will jump almost kinda of how a manual transmission will do until i get at a comfortable speed. What could this be? Today was by far the worst i have ever seen this car act. As i was on the interstate i had been driving for a while with the car in cruise control at about 60 mph, when out of no where the car didn't shut off but the mph started slowly going down and when i would push on the accelerator it wouldn't go anywhere it would just roll. I was eventually able to get it off the side of the road but i had to limp it to the nearest parking lot, it would barely go i was just pushing on the gas pedal and it would just roll. It seems to me from past experience that it has something to do with either the fuel pump or fuel filter? Since i have had the car it has never had any kind of tune up or filters changed, other than just basic oil changes when needed. I really hope its not the fuel pump because lets face it i can't afford $500.00 for a pump right now, so if you could offer any advice or help it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited December 2011
    I think you're looking at 2 separate issues:

    Jumping could be torque converter....there was a recall regarding the Honda torque converters like yours...I don't know the details, you may want to contact your dealer to see if you are eligible. Sometimes just changing the trans fluid cures the problem but there's no guarantee.

    The "limp home" as you call it is likely the car going into "reduced power mode". I bet the engine light with the downward facing arrow lit up while this was happening. What has happened is that there is a communications problem between your gas pedal position sensor and your throttle position sensor. Either the sensor on the gas pedal is bad (likely), or the sensor on your throttle is bad (less likely) or there is a wiring issue somewhere between them (even less likely). It is not difficult to diagnose or repair and any good dealer or otherwise qualified mechanic will be able to fix may not be cheap but it will be easily diagnosed and fixed. It is actually an interlock which is there to protect you and your car from wildly accelerating out of control due to the throttle being in one position and your gas pedal being in another.

    best of luck :shades:
  • I'm glad to hear that your Vue has been a good car for you thus far, minus the experience you've described in your post. I understand it might not always be an option, but if you decide to go to a GM dealership for a diagnosis, please be sure to let us know!

    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
  • gr82balivegr82balive Posts: 3
    edited December 2011
    I purchased this 2003 Saturn Vue in 2008. September 2011 the Vti (CVT) tranny went out while driving down a street. Took it into the shop and paid $4,976.23 for a new tranny, center carrier bearing, and a rebuild on the transfer case. Now in December of 2011 I have an EXTREME reduction in mpg's, difficulty shifting between gears, and an intermittent, dry, scraping sound when turning. Took the car into a local GM shop who said my new tranny was still in good operable condition and believe my problems with mpg's, shifting, and scraping sounds to be coming from either the transfer case or front differential, which was quoted at $6,000 to replace. The vehicle has 74,000 miles on it and I did not have these problems until the tranny went out and was replaced. Does anyone have similar issues? Do I still have financial recourse through GM? I have left messages with GM but have not received a phone call back. I would love to just scrap the car but I am unfortunately still making payments on it. I used up my entire savings to do the first repair and can afford no more. Definately was neglectful in doing my homework before purchasing. But never the less I find myself in this situation. Does someone have advice in how to handle this now? I would appreciate anything. :confuse:
  • Happy New Year,

    I see you have been in contact with us already - did you have a Service Request established? If you were to email us that number, we could look into its progress and let your agent know you've been in contact.

    GM Customer Service
  • I had an accident which lead to major car problems. The core support is twisted, the head gasket is blown and the engine/ transmission mount is broken. All the other problems have been fixed but, I can't find the mount I need ANYWHERE!!!! It is not the passenger side mount. My mechanic says it is called the front transmission mount. It bolts to the frame below the radiator with one bolt and to the transmission with three bolts. I need help ocating this part. Any help would be awesome!!!!!!!!
  • I have a 2004 saturn vue, 4 cyc, manual transmission
  • My 2003 Saturn Vue has 125,000 miles. Recently the "Service Engine Light Soon" came on; this happened to correspond with my next Emissions Inspection. The Vue failed emissions due to P1276 - Throttle Actuator Control System - Idle Position not Learned. Can anyone tell me what this means and possible repair scenarios?

  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    This means that your engine computer is trying to figure out where the throttle should be at idle. The Vue uses a "fly by wire" throttle control meaning that there is no throttle cable going from the gas pedal in the car to the throttle. Thee is a position sensor on your gas you depress it it sends a corresponding signal to the engine computer to tell the throttle motor where to move to so the engine responds to how far you pushed the gas pedal down. There is also a position sensor on the throttle under the hood to tell the computer where it is positioned at any given time to make sure that it corresponds with how far you have pushed down the gas pedal.

    There are 2 likely repair scenarios:

    1. The throttle body needs to be replaced as the position sensor or motor are having a problem managing the position of the throttle. I don't know about the cost of this repair but I would bet it will be around $ 500.

    2. The throttle body needs to be cleaned as it is binding as it calibrated itself...if you've never had this done or done it yourself after 125K miles, it could be the cheap fix you're hoping for. Its amazing the amount of gunk that will build up on it, especially if you're not changing your air filter regularly. I would try this one first as its as cheap as a can of cleaner from your auto parts store.

    Even if you decide to have your mechanic or a dealer look at it, this shouldn't be a complicated problem to diagnose and repair and you'll be back on the road in no time!

    Best of Luck!
  • Woke up the other day to find that Traction Control and Stabilitrak were off and the lights for both were on along with the light for ABS. Had messages to service both as well.

    After hours of searching our local NAPA repair shop determined that something was shorted out. Hooking up a laptop and taking it out on the road showed that nothing was coming back from the left rear.

    It turns out that there was a wire that was corroded and shorting out. According to the shop this was in wiring harness #408. Hopefully this will save someone else the extra hours at the shop!

    Additionally, I was the 3rd owner and mileage is right around 70K.
  • Hi! My 2005 Saturn VUE seems like almost overnight it has lost about 1/2 the gas mileage that i used to get. A tank of gas used to get me between 300 and 350 mpg depending on what time of year it was. All of a sudden I'm lucky to get 200 miles to a tank. I just put in $30 of gas and the car only went around 125 miles. I had both air filters checked and they were clean. A mechanic friend hooked it up to a computer, but he said it wouldn't read the Saturn's onboard computer. So he told me the computer was bad. I have also heard that it could be the fuel filter, fuel pump, and or catalytic converter. Any ideas? I owned a 2005 Saturn VUE previously and never had any problems with it. Thanks in advance for any ideas!
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited January 2012
    Could your computer be bad? it likely...IMHO...No

    Your mechanic friend can't read all of the codes in the computer because he is likely not using a GM Tech 2 scanner...only the generic OBD codes can be read by the aftermarket scanners...

    The Vue can set trouble codes that an aftermarket scanner can not don't mention which engine your Vue has, they each have their own quirks. Its also helpful to know how many miles it has as there are certain parts that tend to wear out with a certain amount of mileage.

    You need to find a mechanic with a Tech 2 scanner to really see what is going on with your Vue...either at a dealer or qualified private mechanic. If I was betting I would bet that you have an oxygen sensor that needs to be replaced or perhaps a catalytic converter going bad - they get clogged and don't allow the car to breathe properly thus causing your MPGs to go down.

    The Vue has a VERY complex computer control system...let someone familiar with it check it out.

    Best of Luck :shades:
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