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2002 Saturn VUE Problems and Repair Histories

39 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Saturn VUE. 15 of these members (38.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 38 repairs to 2002 Saturn VUEs--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Saturn VUE problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Saturn VUE problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 Saturn VUE problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2002 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

39% of the 2002 Saturn VUE repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 21% to the suspension, and 21% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems.

Chart based on 38 repairs.

2002 Saturn VUE repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Saturn VUE repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 53% cost between $100 and $499, 27% between $500 and $999, 7% between $1000 and $2499, and 13% more than $2500.

Chart based on 15 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2002 Saturn VUE problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Saturn VUE

Engine not specified

Saturn VUE in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 142000    
146000 1000 the head gasket went and we got rid of the car. We were very upset in that we had put over $3,000 into the car in less than 2 years. 
 

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2002 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Saturn VUE in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 80600    
81840 200 Turn lights work intermittently or not at all. Have to push the hazard light switch while the signal turn lever is depressed to get them to work. Sometimes this work-around does not work. 
83700 49 Sometimes the battery appears as dead, no pilots lights, no radio, nothing. The problem was some type of corrosion in the BCM connectors. Cleaned it and the problem disappeared. Suddenly, without warning, the low beam headlights stopped working. Light bulbs are fine. Position lights and high beam do work. Apparently the switch lever is OK. The mechanic thinks it is the BCM acting up. Decided not to replace it yet. 
90480 0 Engine died suddenly and would not start back up again. No strange noises before stopping. Battery OK, starter motor OK 
93000 150 Fuel gauge died after cleansing the fuel tank and fuel pump. Could not fix it or replace it for lack of spare parts. I am planning of selling the car. Update: later went away on its own. 
98580 0 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. 
99820 0 Replaced the lights/Turn signal combination lever. 
Saturn VUE in Mississippi, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 140000    
149000 0 Transmission started to give out. so I traded it. 
Saturn VUE in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
600 Body Control Module (BCM) failure and replacement 
80000 700 AC compressor oil leak , replaced ac comp. 
91000 300 Water pump leak. Replaced. Replaced timing belt 
96000 200 Passenger wheel bearing,hub assembly replaced 
181000 300 cam position sensor replaced 
Saturn VUE in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 159960    
163680 9 Broken bolt on passenger rear lower lateral link (inboard frame end). Frame bracket cracked. 
175460 25 Bearing failure in accessory drive - Replaced pulley on accessory drive belt tensioner. 
186600 3 DRL resistor failed due to wheel splash. Dealer wanted $86 for the part. Used non-automotive power resistor ($3) and relocated it under-hood. 
195920 0 Fixed vacuum leak due to loose vacuum chamber. Issue caused DTCs P0171 and P0174 to set. Covered by TSB 02-06-01-016A. 
198400  
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 170000    
170000 3000 Failed clutch box in rear end, as well as pinion bearings needing to be replaced. Mechanic also replaced both rear wheel hub assemblies. 
175300 110 Flex pipe installed in 2009 failed, replaced. 
177700 100 Replace front stabilizer bar drops / hangers. 
192000 100 Wheel hub assembly replacement (front) Second time this year. Stay away from Auto Zone Duralast parts for this fix. They don't DURA LAST! 
196000 0 Clogged manifold catalytic converter, $1500 Fourth time the front wheel hub assemblies have gone bad in 1 1/2 years, $250 Need to replace rear drums / shoes, $250 
Saturn VUE in Oklahoma, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
279 Front right wheel bearing. 
221 Crank Sensor - Vehicle would die randomly, and would usually restart immediately or after a few minutes. 
136300 517 Valve cover gaskets leaking oil. A TSB was also done on the PC Valve where freezing in the line can preventing the PCV to operate causing oil to be blown out. Since it started leaking more when it got cold, that was likely the issue. 
147000 400 Oil leak valve cover gaskets and pan gasket. 
150000  
Saturn VUE in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 114000    
116000 0 Needed major transmission work, but I didn't have the repairs done, I sold it "as is" instead. 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

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn VUE in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 87000    
88300 450 rear wheel bearing both sides replaced 
98000  
Saturn VUE in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 96720    
106640 0 Broken clutch interlock switch (clutch safety switch). A/C delco replacement part was $9.99 and repair time was 20 seconds once I found the problem. 

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