Saturn Vue Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Saturn Vue

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Saturn Vue Problems

Vehicle pulses when doing between 25 and 45. RPM's jump up and down during the pulsing.

My torque converter on the transmission was replaced by GM. If you're having this problem, get it to a dealer for repair! I spent months with independent repair shops trying to figure out the problem when all along GM was aware of the problem and just not announcing it. I finally got a card in the mail from GM stating they would take care of the problem.
Once the converter was replaced, I had no more problems. Now have over 90,000 miles.

A/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold

Saturn Vue gasoline only models may display the warning message "A/C off for Engine Protection" on the instrument panel. This may be accompanied by illumination of the check engine light and the temperature gauge reading cold at all times. This is a feature of the engine that is activated by the power control module when it detects the engine warming up too slowly. The OBD trouble code P0128 may also be stored. 

The cause is simply a worn out thermostat that stays open at all times, preventing the engine from reaching the proper operating temperature. 

Replacement of the thermostat will correct the issue. 

Transmission Fault and/or Check Engine Light With Code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723

Vehicles with a 6speed automatic transmission may develop one or more of the following faults related to a broken 35R clutch wave plate inside the transmission: Illumination of the Check Engine Light with code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723, loss of reverse gear, slipping or harsh 3rd or 5th gear shift. Removal and dis-assembly of the transmission will be required to replace the broken 35R wave plate. It is also extremely important that all debris from the failed part be cleaned from the transmission while it is disassembled in order to try and prevent future problems.

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Saturn Vue Questions

Car isn't running right after running out of gas...why? (1 answer)

On a rainy day, put gas in car, drained battery trying to start. Recharged, more gas, car finally started, but ran rough...car scanned at Autozone, said ALL plugs were misfiring, though I replaced them a month ago. Was raining throughout all of this....next day car started a little slow, sounded...

my heater/ac fan not coming on. (1 answer)

I checked all fuses, swapped the relays, the fan motor itself works tested on bench. Not sure where to look next except for the switch or the fan motor resistor??

My 2008 4 cylinder Saturn vue won't turn over only click when u turn key. (2 answers)

I put a new starter in it and still nothing. If I bypass starter relay the motor will turn over but won't crank. Not sure if it's a security issue or if the park sensor is not reading it being in park. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Saturn Vue Recalls

Ignition Lock Cylinder Concern

These vehicles are being recalled because it may be possible for the key to be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position. If this were to occur the vehicle could roll away unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the vehicle to see if the key can be pulled out when the ignition is off. If it can, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and keys to correct this concern. Note: Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged.

Painted Outside Door Handles May Stick or Bind

The painted outside door handles may stick or bind, meaning the door may not latch when closed. If this were to occur, an unlatched door could open unexpectedly and an occupant not wearing a seat belt could fall out of the vehicle. Dealers will replace the painted door handles with chrome door handles free of charge. The recall began August 19, 2009. The GM recall number is 09066.

Potential Loss of Steering Ability

GM has recalled 2,149 vehicles that may have been assembled with an incorrect steering knuckle on one or both sides. As a result, the tie rod ball stud could pull out of or fracture the tie rod housing, causing it to separate from the steering knuckle. If this happens, loss of steering ability can occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the steering knuckle and replace the knuckle and tie rod as necessary. This recall is expected to begin by December 8, 2008. The General Motors recall number is 08389.

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Saturn Vue Reviews

BEWARE THAT THE TRANI COOLING DEVISE IS IN THE CENTER OF THE V ENGINE BLOCK AND WHEN IT LEAKS THE TRANSMISSION FLUID MIXES THE COOLANT AND WILL TAKE FOREVER AND $2100.00 TO CLEAN UP. AC LEAKS AT COMPRESSOR. IT'S COST MORE THAN I PAID FOR IT.
Got 230,000 with the v6 front wheel, nothing major exept having to replace those darn wheel barring TWICE on ever side. Had to patch exhaust, thats getting ptryy rusted out
I love my 2004 2WD 6 Cylinder Saturn Vue! I bought it used in Fairbanks Alaska in 2009 with 60,000 miles with all engine, transmission and battery heaters already installed. I have since put an additional 90,000 miles on it with the only major issue being replacement of the CVT Transmission, $$$! I have no history of the car other than it came to Alaska from Virginia and had a trailer hitch and...

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