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2006 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (15%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (15%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 206 repairs.

2006 Saturn VUE engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (21%)

Chart based on 24 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

86000 mi Never really had a problem with it. Some random emissions codes were popping, but reset made it go away. 
35960 mi Engine pinging and knocking (dealer heard nothing of course and did not attempt any repair). 
61000 mi The key keeps getting stuck in the ACC position which would not allow the car to be turned on our even completely off-the battery kept having to be disconnected. Something in the "gear box" area causing the fault. Temp fix is to jam shifter into park. 
121000 mi

US $1900
Replaced two oxygen sensors 
151000 mi

US $700
Motor mounts-replaced Timing belt tensioner failed 
97000 mi

US $600
the watertight seal for the cars computer had failed and caused corrosion on terminals and ultimately fried the computer. GM doesn't make this part any more so it had to be obtained from a junk yard and they kept sending the wrong part. 
73000 mi

US $300
Egr valve replacement. Also oil change. 
101000 mi

US $650
Replace oil pan. 
134000 mi Bad cat con. Estimate was between $1200 amd $3000. So I traded the Vue in on a Chevy Captiva. 
47740 mi Lingering check engine light after startup. Mechanic reported 4 misfire codes. Problem was present when vehicle was picked up. 
51460 mi Cross over gasket was leaking coolant and was replaced under extended warranty. 
70680 mi

C $180
Flange pipe required reattachment. 
48840 mi

C $67
A bolt sheared off the exhaust due to rust and stress. Went to the dealership and they said that's what happened. There was some extra noise when the engine was started and accelerating. Took it to a muffler shop instead to fix. Cheaper.  
31000 mi Ignition cylinder taken apart and lubricated due to the cylinder binding(Hard to start vehicle). EVAP Canister replaced due to small leak. 

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2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

81000 mi

US $100
Replaced oil flow control sensor.  
67000 mi

US $100
replace upper and lower hoses 
71000 mi

US $400
Replace radiator 
75000 mi

US $60
02 sensor failure. error code p0148 
74000 mi

US $70
Error p0148. Need to replace 02 sensor 

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2006 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

107260 mi

C $600
Replace some fuses, reprogram computer, replace ignition key sensor. 
83700 mi

C $280
Catalytic converter rattles, apparently worn out from the inside. Replace was recommended. 
60020 mi

C $40
Engine warning light came on. Diagnostic indicated minor EVAP leak likely. Can only be repaired by GM. Checking warranty. 
88200 mi

C $1000
Wary of the 'low oil' light coming after my last experience, I waited too long to have a mechanic look at, so engine was damaged and had to be replaced entirely. 
93620 mi

C $200
Rattling sound from engine. Small welding job required. 
94240 mi

C $900
Keys had difficulty turning ignition. Would jam sometimes. Key could be removed while car running. 
104780 mi

C $200
The engine gave out after it was replaced last year. The mechanic says there was extensive damage and failure in the engine beginning with the timing belt, pistons etc. The car has been junked. Good bye plastic car. 

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2006 Saturn VUE Engine Problems

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