Burning Smell Due to Valve Cover Gasket Leak on Saturn Vue

A burning smell may develop due to an oil leak form one or both valve cover gaskets. Resealing the valve cover will generally correct this concern. However, the valve covers should be inspected and replaced if damaged.

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Average mileage: 128,140 (51,325–182,500)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6, 6 Cylinder
3 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2008
15 people reported this problem
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2003 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 172,000 mi,
I recently noticed oil under my car. It looked like quite a bit on my concrete garage floor. I took it to the old Saturn dealership (now a Cadillac dealership but with the same mechanics). After looking over my car, the biller (or whatever he is that takes care of appointments but not the actual car) came and told me that the mechanic had shown him a very small dripping leak in a gasket. The guy was not knowledgeable really in what it was, but he said it was a seal. I asked if he had topped off my oil and he said that it wasn't low. I am getting this "seal" replaced in a couple of days, but wanted to troubleshoot online some first. After looking around, I think that it must be a valve cover. My leak was on the passenger side by the wheel. It is good to see that I am not the only one with this mystery problem, but I will find out from the mechanic what was replaced exactly.
2002 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 136,000 mi,
cam cover gaskets started leaking less than 1 year after valve job (TOTAL REPLACEMENT)
2003 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 180,000 mi,
Oil leaking all over motor. Not using much oil, leaks about 6 oz per day. Check engine light is on as well as a red light, water lines, with an arrow? The local Good Year says it could be the valve covers, but I haven't been able to trust them yet. Please HELP!
2003 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 80,000 mi,
Oil burning smell as well as oil leaking on ground
2003 Saturn Vue - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 110,000 mi,
Leak from passenger side rear corner of head gasket. No bubbling, steady stream of oil. Loss of power in engine.
2003 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 140,000 mi,
I seem to be leaking oil from the front and the rear gaskets on valve covers
2003 Saturn Vue - 6 Cylinder
Smell of burning under hood of car and I think the car sounds loud also
2008 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 51,325 mi,
Leaking only when engine is running. Passenger side near front tire.
2003 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 88,000 mi,
My valve covers leak so bad, the smell chokes me each time I get into my car. With Saturn dealers closed down, I can't hardly find a dealer that is willing to work on my Saturn Vue because of parts being so scarce since the company closed down. And when I do find a dealer willing, the cost is outrageous. Now, I feel trapped both ways. GM knew this would be a problem but didn't care about the aftermath that would affect the consumer. Who is going to bail me out??????? I have no faith in the GM business practices as a consumer. They do not stand behind their product or the consumer!!!!
2002 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 155,000 mi,
Oil leaking on exhaust and on garage floor. Had Valve covers fixed 12,000 miles ago and over the winter it started leaking again and go progressively worse
2003 Saturn Vue - 3.0L V6 182,500 mi,
Burning smell and smoke from under the hood. Water getting into the oil