My repair shop indicated their records show the Vue's timing belt (or chain) needs to be replaced every 50K miles. My Vue has 78K+ miles and runs well. This is an expensive service procedure. I've seen various schools of thought. What is really the recommended mileage?
Timing Belt or Chain Replacement on 2004 Saturn Vue
by SDSmith in Wilmington, DE on June 23, 2010
3 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by mastertech6371 on June 23, 2010
my books say 80000. it will run good till it breaks. by then your expensive service goes another 1500 to 1800 for bent valves. Roy
COMMENT by Visitor on October 06, 2010
My Saturn dealer was ready to change mine at 100,000 miles. But the car was running great, no rough acceleration or idle. Anyway, just turned 200,000 miles. I am hearing a rattle at about 2500 - 3000 rpm when accelerating. wondering if that might be the cause....???
ANSWER by Visitor on December 29, 2010
Factory specs call for replacement at 100,000 mile intervals. This engine is an "interference" engine. Meaning that if the belt breaks the valves will collide with one or more pistons and ruin your engine. I just had mine done by a reliable shop and it cost $348.00. It's cheaper than a new or rebuilt engine.
ANSWER by Archie71 on May 31, 2015
don't get taken it needs to be done at around 100,000 miles under normal driving conditions and 50,000 under severe conditions like pulling trailers, driving in hilly roads or when the outside temp are very very hot where you live or super cold most of the year where you live ( Alaska )
does the 3.5L have a timing chain ? and if so when should it be replaced ?