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2003 Saturn VUE Problems and Repair Histories

113 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Saturn VUE. 48 of these members (42.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 125 repairs to 2003 Saturn VUEs--an average of 1.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Saturn VUE problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Saturn VUE problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 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 2003 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

42% of the 2003 Saturn VUE repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 21% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 125 repairs.

2003 Saturn VUE repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Saturn VUE repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 11% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 17% between $1000 and $2499, and 6% more than $2500.

Chart based on 84 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 2003 Saturn VUE problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn VUE in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 93000    
99000 0 Car kept stalling, computer reported errors, car wouldn't start any more. 
134000 300 Thermostat sticking open 
145000 100 Vibration / Shaking in steering. Intermediate steering column was tightened. 
146000 280 Car misfiring badly. Coil Pack replaced 
147000 125 AC compressor leak 
172000  

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Saturn VUE in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Horn came on at night & burned itself out. Airbag & horn replaced under warranty. 
0 Anti-lock brake warning light activated. Wheel speed sensor replaced under warranty. 
0 Rear suspension campaign. Front swaybar links/bushings replaced. Rear wiper motor replaced. Intermediate steering shaft replaced. Replaced worn wires (SES light, transmission failed to shift properly). Covered by warranty. 
0 SES light, transmission failed to shift properly. Transmission EPROM reprogrammed. Hazard light on dash repaired. Covered by warranty 
0 Center console bezel replaced for peeling paint. Speedometer needle jumps - wheel speed sensor & instrument cluster replaced. SES light, transmission failed to shift properly - unable to diagnose. Covered by warranty. 
280 New brake pads. Front rotors machined. Peeling cloth on sunroof shade replaced under warranty. 
0 Noisy steering column replaced. Noisy airbag coil replaced. Swaybar links/bushings replaced. All covered by warranty. 
1646 Oil cooler leak repaired. Valve body gasket replaced. Oil pan leak repaired. 2 tires replaced w/ alignment. 
2064 SES light, transmission failed to shift properly. Leak found in windshield. Leak causing transmission not to shift properly. Windshield replaced. Wiring harness replaced. 2 tires replaced. 
988 Horn stuck on when locking vehicle w/ keyfob. Ignition cylinder/lock replaced. Horn replaced. Body Control Module replaced. Engine cooling fan resistor replaced. New BCM makes gas gauge read short 1/8 tank. 
60 Horn stuck on when locking vehicle w/ keyfob. Sound from radio/CD player intermittent. Horn replaced twice. Radio wiring harness repaired. 
104 Horn stuck on when locking vehicle w/ keyfob. BCM replaced 2nd time. Aribag replaced. Fuel senders replaced. Fuel gauge still reads short 1/8 tank 
56000 512 Rattle in suspension/steering wheel/gas pedal. Intermediate steering shaft replaced. Alignment & wheels balanced. 
57000 0 intermediate steering column (through firewall) replaced for 2nd time. Suspension still rattles at low speed on uneven pavement. Slight vibration exists at 65+ mph. 
66000 1500 Replaced upper steering column / power steering motor. Still rattles & vibrates somewhat less than before. 
68000 1106 Right from wheel bearing started howling on acceleration / deceleration. Bearing replaced.  Body control module failed. Interior lights stuck on, no power steering/doors/locks. Computer was replaced 
 
Saturn VUE in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 55000    
58000 700 Fuel tank leak. Replaced tank. 
81000 1900 Tires, alignment/balance, water cooler 
105700 400 key stopped working, they had to put in a new key mechanism 
113000 1200 needed a full a/c replace 
120000  
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 102000    
107000 10 Fog light bulb burned out on passenger side, replaced. 
110000 400 Front brakes. 
121000 30 vehicle would not start. towed to shop. found battery cables to have corrosion 
133000 300 Then also had rear windshield wiper motor replaced. 
142000 117 Headlight-bright lights stalk stopped working 
161000 400 Central cupport bearing came loose 
209000 1200 hole in condenser, freon leaked out. possibly caused by rock. dashboard light indicated problem with abs, abs sensor was replaced on rt rear wheel, also had to replace wheel bearing While wheel bearing was off, mechanic noted that part of stabilizer bar had broken 
 
Saturn VUE in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
250 Right Front Wheel Bearing. 
84000 250 Left Front Wheel Bearing. 
100000 800 Sway Bar Links, also engine timing belt, transmission tuneup, water pump, accessory drive belt,and spark plugs. 
102000 535 Plastic engine cooling fan broke off a large piece. Had to replace whole unit. Left Rear Wheel Bearing. 
104000 0 Replaced Sway Bar Links installed earlier in summer. Both were broken. Do not buy cheap after market parts for Saturns. Stick to AC Delco or original parts designed for vehicle. By the way, the second set of Sway Bar Links have also broke.  
107000 50 Dashboard Light "Service Engine Soon" came on. After having AutoZone check codes, determined I needed a new Fuel Cap. 
112000 274 Two Emission Sensors failed. Caused CHECK ENGINE SOON light to come on. Would not pass NY state inspection without this light being out. 
 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

Saturn VUE in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
3400 Transmission replacement 
2000 Engine Replacement 
179000 4800 Transmission replacement 
 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT AWD

Saturn VUE in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 46500    
47120 180 Catalytic converter shot and injectors clogged. Muffler also rusted out, but I went after market for that. 
47740 100 Replaced muffler. reported a knocking sound but it was not present for the techs, could have been from the faulty muffler. 
 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn VUE in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 44000    
44500 0 Fuel injectors replaced; valves adjusted/replaced; throttle control system repaired. No charge under dealer warranty. 
45000 0 Ignition, throttle body. 
49000 50 New thermostat, fixed coolant leak. 
55000 0 Two major water leaks. Cabin air filter housing became clogged and overflowed into car via AC vents. Sunroof drains become clogged and caused leak into interior. Both fixed by cleaning them out. Both easily clogged during leaf season! 
56000 0 I went in for an oil change. Dealer noted an oil leak in the AC compressor. Compressor was replaced under warranty. 
 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn VUE in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 78000    
78000 2500 Known VUE problem of the timing chain tensioner breaking - which it did - causing timing chain to shatter valves and metal through the pistons requiring new engine. 
 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4-door

4-cylinder CVT 2WD

Saturn VUE in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 28000    
28000 0 We have had issues with the VTI transmission where the car will stall in extreme cold conditions. We have gone back to the dear regarding a noise and pull at acceleration and they keep telling us that it is normal behavior for the VTI transmission. Last 
 

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