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Saturn Vue Engine Oil Leak From Valve Cover Gaskets

Saturn Vue Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003

Engines Affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 135,058 mi (88,000 mi - 219,000 mi)


The engine valve cover gaskets may develop and engine oil leak. A burning smell may be noted from the engine area if the type of leak were to occur.

  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 122,000 mi

    i have an oil leak an do not know were it is coming from.I had the valve covers changed an the leak remains a problem.

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  • Visitor, , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 180,000 mi

    Burning smell then smoke coming from front and exhaust pipe. I had the Valve Cover Gasket replaced but it kept leaking so they replaced it again a week later. it seemed fixed for the past 8 months but now that the weather is getting colder it is leaking again and seems like I need to have gasket replaced again. Why does this keep happening? Is it not being fixed correctly?

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  • Visitor, , 6 Cylinder, 88,000 mi

    My 2003 Vue was leaking oil on the garage floor and I could smell burning oil after driving. Took to a certified mechanic and they said the valve gaskets needed replaced. I had them do the work. Notice car was still leaking just as much oil on the floor after repair. Called and they took a second look and said the oil filter housing was cracked and that was probably the problem all along. They replaced the oil filter housing. One month later I still have an oil leak. Does any one have any idea what I should do next. I am tired of spending money and not having the car fixed.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6

    I have a 2003 vue v6 3.0 and when I changed the spark plugs the holes where full of oil from both valve cover gaskets leaking. car didn't use oil but smelt like burning oil when you shut it off.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 88,012 mi

    My Saturn Vue ran great for a while after I purchased it. But, I noticed a burning smell coming from under the hood. Upon investigating where it was coming from, I discovered a major valve cover leak. A build up of burnt oil rested upon the outer portion of the valve cover. This explains the need to put oil in about once a month. Now I am in a fix because all the Saturn Dealers are closed down and other GM dealerships are reluctant to address the issue. I have been unable, to date, to have the problem fixed. Now I am battling GM over taking responsibility for the ignition recall. They do not want to reimburse me for the repair I had done claiming 'it doesn't qualify' even though GM sent me the notice to have it repaired at me local GM dealership, of which, I did. Now the dealership gets paid 'twice' and I get nothing!!!!!! Way to go GM... that's one way to cut down on the claims made by Saturn Vue owners. The dealer gets theirs and the owner gets nothing but a devalued vehicle that will be hard to resell because of your poor manufacturing practices and failure and delay of notifying the public of issues needed to be recalled. Now you want to blame the poor manufacturing on 'old GM' and avoid what you failed to alert the public about. Well, the way I see it, you can't avoid issues just because a bankruptcy has been discharged. The issues themselves were not known at the time, and if they were, you again failed the customer by not alerting them to the issues related to recalls. A bailout is one thing, but a complete bailout against the consumer and the faith they put in buying your products is another. I think if you are claiming to 'wipe the slate clean as of 2009', then maybe the 'people' need to 'keep it wiped clean'. I will never buy another GM product again. You do not stand behind your product or the people that purchases it!!!

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 190,000 mi

    front valve cover gaskit right side,

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  • Visitor, , 6 Cylinder, 98,000 mi

    oil leaks and gets on the hot exhaust. creating fumes. getting worst now.

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  • Visitor, , 6 Cylinder, 90,000 mi

    oil drips from valve cover onto exhaust causing burning oil smell.

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  • Visitor, , 6 Cylinder, 105,000 mi

    Oil leak from possible valve cover gasket dripping on exhaust manifold sending nasty i'm sure carcinogenic smoke into passenger cabin.

    I hope getting new gaskets will fix the problem. However I have been reading other blogs that it has not helped a lot.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 167,000 mi

    Cracked housing and leaking front seals. Got it fixed but still seems to be leaking.

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