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2002 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Chart based on 49 repairs.

2002 Saturn VUE repair cost distribution

Chart based on 18 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Saturn VUE

Engine not specified

Saturn VUE in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

146000 mi

US $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
Jun 2011 - Sep 2013
Jul 2011

81840 mi

$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. 
Oct 2011

83700 mi

$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. 
Jul 2012

90480 mi
Engine died suddenly and would not start back up again. No strange noises before stopping. Battery OK, starter motor OK 
Sep 2012

93000 mi

$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. 
Mar 2013

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. 
Sep 2013

99820 mi
Replaced the lights/Turn signal combination lever. 
Saturn VUE in Mississippi, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

149000 mi
Transmission started to give out. so I traded it. 
Saturn VUE in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - May 2014
Jul 2008

50000 mi

US $600
Body Control Module (BCM) failure and replacement 
Jun 2011

80000 mi

US $700
AC compressor oil leak , replaced ac comp. 
Jun 2012

91000 mi

US $300
Water pump leak. Replaced. Replaced timing belt 
Nov 2012

96000 mi

US $200
Passenger wheel bearing,hub assembly replaced 
Jan 2014

111000 mi

US $300
cam position sensor replaced 
Saturn VUE in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2010 - Aug 2015
Mar 2011

163680 mi

C $9
Broken bolt on passenger rear lower lateral link (inboard frame end). Frame bracket cracked. 
Feb 2012

175460 mi

C $25
Bearing failure in accessory drive - Replaced pulley on accessory drive belt tensioner. 
Feb 2013

186600 mi

C $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. 
Dec 2013

195920 mi
Fixed vacuum leak due to loose vacuum chamber. Issue caused DTCs P0171 and P0174 to set. Covered by TSB 02-06-01-016A. 
Jun 2014

203980 mi

C $60
Replace broken driver side rear coil spring. 
Sep 2014

207700 mi

C $30
Rocker panel corrosion behind both front wheels 
Oct 2014

208300 mi

C $5
Replaced alternator brushes Repaired driveshaft hanger bearing. 
Apr 2015

212340 mi

C $25
Replaced CPS 
Aug 2015

218860 mi

C $100
Replace water pump. 
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
Oct 2010 - Feb 2012
Nov 2010

170000 mi

US $3000
Failed clutch box in rear end, as well as pinion bearings needing to be replaced. Mechanic also replaced both rear wheel hub assemblies. 
Jan 2011

175300 mi

US $110
Flex pipe installed in 2009 failed, replaced. 
Feb 2011

177700 mi

US $100
Replace front stabilizer bar drops / hangers. 
Sep 2011

192000 mi

US $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! 
Feb 2012

196000 mi
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
Dec 2008 - Sep 2012
Dec 2008

108000 mi

US $279
Front right wheel bearing. 
Jun 2010

125000 mi

US $221
Crank Sensor - Vehicle would die randomly, and would usually restart immediately or after a few minutes. 
Jan 2011

137000 mi

US $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. 
May 2012

147000 mi

US $400
Oil leak valve cover gaskets and pan gasket. 
Saturn VUE in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

116000 mi
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
Mar 2012 - Jan 2013
Apr 2012

88300 mi

US $450
rear wheel bearing both sides replaced 
Saturn VUE in Saskatchewan, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

106640 mi
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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2002 Saturn VUE Repair Histories

40 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Saturn VUE. 18 of these members (45%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 49 repairs to 2002 Saturn VUEs--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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