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Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (21%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (7%)

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Saturn VUE brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (53%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 124 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

257-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

33000 mi ABS/Traction/Stabilitrak error lights would appear intermittently. Car still under warranty (by one day). Dealer replaced wheel hub/sensor assembly. 

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2009 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

257-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

32000 mi

US $277
Code C2033 replaced right front WSS sensor 

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2009 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

222-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

67000 mi

US $100
The engine light comes on at random and constantly tells me to service traction control and stability control. Cannot be fixed so far. 
117700 mi

US $194
Failed wheel sensor. 

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2009 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

97300 mi

US $650
Replaced master cylinder and vacuum booster. Brakes were locking up making car nearly impossible to drive. Went into shop three times and I will pick it up tomorrow hopefully fixed. They used a third party booster twice and are trying OEM. 

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2008 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

257-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

98000 mi

US $200
Wheel speed sensor was bad shut down ABS, TC and Stability control. A bad wire was found and fixed. 
50000 mi Stability control, ABS 
51000 mi

US $44
Traction control, stablizer. This started in Dec 2010, freezing rain. Car lost power. Taken to dealer many times kept trying to reset lights, new dealer ordered and replace parts. Extended warranty used. 
75000 mi

US $200
Had the rotors shaved due to pulsation occurring while breaking at specific speeds. 
13084 mi brake light stayed on again. drained battery. Towed to dealership TECH NOTES: ckd brake switch to verify proper adj brake switch good. swapped stop lamp relay & lights went off. BRAKE SYSTEM/TRACTION CONTROL RELAY REPLACED. (also happened@ 7,000 mi 

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2008 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

257-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

47000 mi

US $600
Front wheel speed sensor failed, replaced under warranty. Rear wheel ESP/ABS sensor replaced under warranty(second time). 
25000 mi Warning Lights on: Traction control, Stability control, ABS. Also, AWD light flashing. Dealer found left rear sensor wire rubbed bare, going to ground.  

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2008 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

257-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

59700 mi ABS/TC LIGHTS ON 
41700 mi

US $500
4 wheel brake job with new front rotors 
80600 mi

C $2600
Brake pads, rotors, tires, alignment, door handle, battery. 
52700 mi

C $2500
Pads and rotors needed replacing as they couldnt remove the rotors without damaging them. Cost of $575.00 
43000 mi replaced rear driver side abs sensor removed code. 2 days later abs traction lights come back on no code this time. also rumbling in front wheels, front and rear brake pads replaced at 41000 mile, rear rotors replaced, rear right rotors. bad cable at rear on abs system found corroded.removed bad area of cable and patched with new wire. rechecked for code all cleared 

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2008 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

257-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

49600 mi

C $40
Brakes pads will have to be changed in the back and the rotors turned at the next visit.(parts are received and paid $100) 
50840 mi

C $750
Squeeky noise on the road from brakes, even if not breaking. 

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2008 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

222-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

37500 mi Abs, traction control light on, whirring noise from steering.... abs sensor and ecm bad. Transmissiuon control module was bad. rack and pinion bad 
27900 mi ABS Wheel Sensor on Left Rear Wheel corrodes causing ABS, Traction Control and AWD. 3rd time this same sensor has failed. Failure occurs every winter since car was purchased in 2008. 

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2008 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

44000 mi

US $110
Owner felt brakes low but still in working order. Shop offered fuel injection service for better gas mileage. Agreed to service. 
68000 mi

US $210
ABS/stability traction lights on while driving. Rear speed sensor harness replaced 
88000 mi

US $307
Resurface rotors, new brake pads 
13000 mi ABS, brake, traction control warning lights all came on and a wheel/tire locked up.  
8000 mi ABS sensor corroded contacts because of improper rubber covering installation. Repaired under warranty 
53000 mi

US $385
Front brakes had to be replaced 
57700 mi

US $359
Back brakes had to be replaced 
80600 mi

C $650
Replaced brake master cylinder and booster 
110000 mi

US $800
Pads replaced, rotors turned 
130000 mi

US $275
Driver's side rear brake pad was sticking 
140700 mi Repeat of previous problem. New brake pads sticking after 6 months. 
48000 mi

US $240
Bad speed sensor in left rear wheel was causing traction control and abs light to come on. 

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2007 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

248-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

45260 mi

C $200
Rear brakes changed with 30% remaining 
35000 mi

US $200
Turned rotors and replaced pads, cleaned rear brakes. 
31600 mi

C $1000
both ABS sensors failed on front. Whole kit with bearings had to be changed cause saturn likes to put bearings and sensors in the same device. Everything is breaking down I don't know next. 
14000 mi Brakes squeal when wet.  

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2007 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

248-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

124000 mi

US $1350
break pads replaced and rotors replace. front right rotor wouldn't turn. 
127000 mi parking brake would not hold the car while under power. had to repair to pass MA state inspection. 
113000 mi

US $700
ABS light on, code C0035 for left front wheel speed sensor. replaced wheel bearing and harness due to intermittent high resistance. Also found left brake pad worn out (why not the right??) so needed to resurface both front rotors. 
87000 mi Brakes and steering locked when applying brakes. ABS light flashed and radio went on and off. Dealer couldn't replicate or find any relevant TSBs. 
34720 mi A "pinging" noise was heard when cornering right above 60kmh. The noise was traced back to a misaligned drivers front brake shield that was catching on the rotor a/o caliper. This might be related to the same wheel having had a new bearing installed prior 
40300 mi

C $75
Brake warning light intermittently coming on. Dealer could find no faults in the braking system. Brake pads/rotors sound. Suggested parking brake was left partially engaged??Says fluid level is fine. "Drive it and see if it comes back on again" 
24000 mi

US $89
brakes, front today. heard rubbing noise and the shoes were real close. 

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2007 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 4-speed automatic FWD

89000 mi

US $236
Caliper stuck on one wheel. Replaced. 
90000 mi Brake caliper sticking. Repaired other side (first caliper replaced in June) and replaced hoses and fluid. Problem has now been corrected. Probably the hoses all along- mechanic not sure if calipers needed to be replaced. 
104000 mi

US $350
Front left Speed sensor. Could not remove - had to replace entire wheel bearing assembly. 

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2007 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

92380 mi Brakes replaced drums, the new ones were warped out of the box. Replaced with Raybestos drums. 
115940 mi

C $268
Seized caliper, changed caliper and brake hose (AC Delco parts). 

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2007 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

44700 mi

US $200
replaced front brakes and rotors 
60000 mi Bolt fell out of front brake caliper causing it to scrape on the inside of the wheel.  
112000 mi

US $100
Front brake pads and rotors were replaced. Normal wear item. Rear brakes need replacing too but haven't done it yet. 
134540 mi

C $620
Repalce brake pads, rotors front and back , plus regular oil change. 
87000 mi

US $70
front brake pads were changed out due to wear wanted to check the rear drums and shoes since I felt like it wasn't stopping as it should and I heard noise from the rear brakes. However when attempting to remove the brake drums, I found it impossible to get them off. Worked it for hours 

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2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

57660 mi

C $300
brake rotor and drum rust. Hub runout inspection. Rotor machined to rid noise. Rotor and drum cleaned, drum adjusted, caliper serviced and lubed. stopping better firmer pedal 
44000 mi

US $118
Wear indicator on pads indicated it was time to replace. Replaced pads and rotors at the same time on both front wheels. 
46000 mi

US $420
Slight squeal in brakes when almost at a complete stop. Brake wear items replaced. 
48000 mi

US $700
50,000 mile preventative maintenance, oil change, front brake job replacement. 
38000 mi

US $200
Front rotors were pulsing during braking. 
50000 mi

US $250
Warped rotors, replaced pads with new rotors. Old ones lasted over 3 years. 
77300 mi

US $32
work done myself: replaced drivers rear ABS sensor. also checked/lubricated both rear brakes. 
108000 mi

US $38
Front brakes 
81000 mi

US $450
Replaced rear break cylinder 
15000 mi Antilock sensor bad 
67000 mi

US $475
Front, left and right Rotors turned and replaced brake pads, $100. 
65000 mi

US $500
New rotors and pads 
20460 mi Front brakes are poorly designed, too small for size of vehicle. Wear prematurely due to bad design. 
21080 mi Brake discs replaced due to premature warping, second occurance. 
32860 mi ABS wiring harness required replacement, wires were falling apart. 
37200 mi

C $300
Front brakes replaced. Rotors warped prematurely and were refaced under warranty. 
72000 mi

US $36
Brake pads changed at 70544 miles and could have gone another 5000 miles. 
114080 mi

C $140
One piston seized on front driver side caliper. 
121700 mi

US $650
Brake hose collapsed,fried rotor and pads, had to rebuild system 
96000 mi

US $280
front brake pads and rotors 
78000 mi

US $500
Rear Passenger ABS sensor went bad. Sensor and hub replaced. 

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2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

98000 mi

US $35
Replaced front break pads and warped rotors. 
81220 mi

C $700
Pulsating in the front brakes replaced rotors and pads 
20000 mi

US $88
Poor braking performance. Shuddering when braking. 
122700 mi

US $265
Bad magnet on drivers side front. Hub replaced. Also bad right rear abs sensor replaced. 
157000 mi

US $765
Seized front calipers. Also replaced brake hoses. New rotors and pads on front.  

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2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

95480 mi

C $400
Brake pads, rotor etc 

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2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

38200 mi

US $250
Severe "pulsating" of steering wheel, when braking. 
51000 mi

US $150
warped front rotors, worn front brake pads 

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2005 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

35960 mi

C $425
Front brakes. 
35000 mi

US $550
Brake work needed. 
44000 mi Antilock system activating with normal braking below 10 mph. This was during cold weather. BCM code indicated front left sensor. Code cleared. Shop could not duplicate problem and problem has not recurred.  
47000 mi

US $130
worn out front brakes. New pads & rotors cut. 
110000 mi

US $40
replace parking brake cable 
117300 mi

US $130
replace front brake calipers 
46000 mi

US $380
Bad front brake rotors and pads. Turned rotors and replaced pads. Also had to have A/C serviced due to "normal" leakage. 
109000 mi

US $150
Low brake pedal and noise when braking. Turned drums and replaced shoes. 

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2005 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

167000 mi

US $460
I replaced the front rotors and pads and rear drums and shoes. 
89000 mi

US $433
Front end was making squeaking noise. Thought it was suspension, dealer determined it was brake and fixed all problems 

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2005 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

66000 mi

US $220
Brakes: pads, rotors, or drums, repair 
89300 mi

US $700
Both drums fused. Removed rear only and replaced drum, lines, rotors. 
128000 mi

US $700
Bad rotors, pads, and calipers. Also advised to replace rear brake drum but did not. 

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2005 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

46000 mi Front pads and rotors. 
213000 mi

US $275
Brakes and roters replayed, still need indipendant shaft replaced. 
268000 mi

US $350
Front brakes replaced 
48980 mi

C $480
Rear brake cylinder had to be changed 
52700 mi

C $400
Front brake pads and disk had to be change 

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2004 Saturn VUE

Engine not specified

99000 mi

US $250
Had to replace another abs sensor in the rear hub. 

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2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

115000 mi

US $200
Pads were worn, one rotor needed turning, replaced as pair 
134000 mi

US $100
Brakes were causing check engine light, got alignment and brakes front.  
145000 mi

US $750
Rotors warped, and replaced pads on all wheels. alignment.  
127680 mi

C $137
ABS sensor and/or ABS ring in RF wheel hub giving fluctuating voltage. Will try cleaning same to correct the problem. If that doesn't work, owner will install new hub/bearing assy. 
145000 mi Front rotors and pads. 
238000 mi

US $300
Replaced rotors, pads, calipers, rear drums, rear linings, rear wheel cylinders 
238000 mi

US $300
Replaced front brake hoses, drivers side hose intermittently blocked causing brake pads to stick..Enough to smoke (nearly caught fire once) 
250000 mi

US $100
Replaced pads,front rotors 
154000 mi

US $400
Front brake pads and rotors were replaced. Rear brake drums and shoes were inspected and found to be okay. 
169000 mi

US $110
Replaced frontt rotors and brake pads. 
138000 mi

US $95
Brake hoses to front calipers were corroded 

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2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

62000 mi

US $450
Front brake pads & rotors. Rear brake pads.  
75000 mi

US $850
Brake pads, rotors and new tires. 
40000 mi

US $529
While repairing bad front wheel bearings, Mechanic noted the front left brake rotor was bad, and the outer brake pad was damaged. Suggested replacement of front brake rotors and pads. Also adjusted rear brakes, and flushed/replaced old brake fluid. 
63300 mi brake fade 
35000 mi

US $208
Went in for oil change. Mechanic noticed front brakes badly worn and needed replacement. 
103640 mi

C $536
Growling noise at low speed braking from ABS solenoids due to left rear sensor acting up. Removed sensor, ground oxidation from mounting surface, reinstalled sensor. No more noise ! 
121360 mi

C $495
Bad steering wheel shake on braking. Front disk was badly warped. Caliper was not seized but would not release completely causing disk to heat. Flexible brakeline on right was replaced along with pads & rotors. Works fine now. 
87420 mi ABS kicked in at low speed stops on bare dry road conditions. Problem persisted for one week and then stopped. Sounds similar to problem with speed sensor reported in SaturnFans forum. 
71000 mi

US $160
Ended up bringing back and having the front rotors replaced as they were severely warped. That took care of the rest of the squeaking. 
120000 mi

US $180
replaced warped rotors and pads 
133000 mi

US $1100
Caliper failed, had to replace it and brake hose and all front pads. 
82460 mi

C $300
replaced drums, shoes and cylinders 
44640 mi

C $200
Rear abs sensor. 
48980 mi

C $325
Front pads and rotor. Completely gone.. 
124620 mi

C $185
front right brake caliper rear right wheel bearing 
66000 mi

US $175
Routine maintenance. Was told brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced. I chose not to have the work done at that time. 
72000 mi Acted on recommended repairs: brakes were replaced. 
90000 mi

US $259
fluttering noise from rear of vehicle that turns to constant hum at speed. Shop thought rear brake drums were the cause and noticed rot and replaced rear brakes. noise remains. will take to dealer for evaluation.  
94700 mi

US $150
ABS light being triggered by wheel hub bearing. Reset light. 

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2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

132000 mi

US $120
replaced worn brake pade, turned rotors 

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2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

103300 mi

US $600
Replaced both front calipers and hydraulic hoses. 
151000 mi

US $800
Pads and rotors replaced 
184000 mi

US $600
ABS and Traction control light were both on. Needed speed sensors in both rear wheels.  

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

110000 mi

US $1000
Front Brakes Locking - replaced Rotors, Pads, Calipers and LF Brake Hose 
113000 mi

US $400
Replaced RF Brake Line. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

12023 mi Anti-lock brake warning light activated. Wheel speed sensor replaced under warranty. 
74000 mi

US $750
First replacement of front brake pads and rotors 
110000 mi

US $400
Front brakes. 
209000 mi

US $1200
dashboard light indicated problem with abs, abs sensor was replaced on rt rear wheel, also had to replace wheel bearing 
78000 mi

US $375
ABS right rear sensor within the hub was bad and was replaced. 
298000 mi

US $545
Front brake hoses replaced. Also turned rotors. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

109700 mi

US $600
replaced all brakes, 2 new tires 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT AWD

186300 mi

US $200
Replaced Front Passenger caliper and brake lines 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

85000 mi

US $300
ABS failed along with traction control. 
150300 mi

US $549
Brakes and rotors. 
164000 mi

US $1440
Brake flex line had rust in it which caused driver side brake to stay engaged. Dealer replaced the drums, rotors, etc. and the problem remained (and they THEN replaced the flex line). 
99000 mi

US $60
New front pads. 

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2002 Saturn VUE

Engine not specified

117000 mi There was a warning light on for the coolant level and another on for the ABS. 

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2002 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

98580 mi One or more of the ABS sensors malfunctioning. Made ABS computer sense that a wheel is about to lock, activating the pump to redistribute pressure. Pedal vibrates and braking feels weak. Corrected by easing off the pedal. Went away on own. 
197000 mi Need to replace rear drums / shoes, $250 

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2002 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

150000 mi

US $550
Replace rotors 
121000 mi The brake light, service light, and abs light come on randomly. This happens when the outside temperature is above 100 degrees. Of course, when the vehicle is taken in, it will not repeat the symptoms. Mechanically the brakes are good. 

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