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2003 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 163 repairs.

2003 Saturn VUE repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 94 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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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn VUE in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2008 - Apr 2014
Jun 2008

99000 mi
Car kept stalling, computer reported errors, car wouldn't start any more. 
Jun 2010

134000 mi

US $300
Thermostat sticking open 
Apr 2011

145000 mi

US $100
Vibration / Shaking in steering. Intermediate steering column was tightened. 
May 2011

146000 mi

US $280
Car misfiring badly. Coil Pack replaced 
Jul 2011

147000 mi

US $125
AC compressor leak 
Apr 2014

164000 mi
AC compressor leak 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Saturn VUE in Maryland, United States
Oct 2003 - Mar 2010
Oct 2003

7992 mi
Horn came on at night & burned itself out. Airbag & horn replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2004

12023 mi
Anti-lock brake warning light activated. Wheel speed sensor replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2005

27095 mi
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. 
May 2005

28202 mi
SES light, transmission failed to shift properly. Transmission EPROM reprogrammed. Hazard light on dash repaired. Covered by warranty 
Jul 2005

30490 mi
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. 
Oct 2005

34501 mi

US $280
New brake pads. Front rotors machined. Peeling cloth on sunroof shade replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2005

35154 mi
Noisy steering column replaced. Noisy airbag coil replaced. Swaybar links/bushings replaced. All covered by warranty. 
Feb 2006

38360 mi

US $1646
Oil cooler leak repaired. Valve body gasket replaced. Oil pan leak repaired. 2 tires replaced w/ alignment. 
Jun 2006

41582 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2007

49802 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2007

49946 mi

US $60
Horn stuck on when locking vehicle w/ keyfob. Sound from radio/CD player intermittent. Horn replaced twice. Radio wiring harness repaired. 
May 2007

50444 mi

US $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 
Nov 2007

55899 mi

US $512
Rattle in suspension/steering wheel/gas pedal. Intermediate steering shaft replaced. Alignment & wheels balanced. 
Dec 2007

57000 mi
intermediate steering column (through firewall) replaced for 2nd time. Suspension still rattles at low speed on uneven pavement. Slight vibration exists at 65+ mph. 
Oct 2008

66000 mi

US $1500
Replaced upper steering column / power steering motor. Still rattles & vibrates somewhat less than before. 
Dec 2008

68000 mi

US $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
May 2008 - Sep 2013
Jun 2008

58000 mi

US $700
Fuel tank leak. Replaced tank. 
Jun 2010

81000 mi

US $1900
Tires, alignment/balance, water cooler 
Aug 2012

105700 mi

US $400
key stopped working, they had to put in a new key mechanism 
Mar 2013

113000 mi

US $1200
needed a full a/c replace 
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
May 2008 - Aug 2013
Sep 2008

107000 mi

US $10
Fog light bulb burned out on passenger side, replaced. 
Oct 2008

110000 mi

US $400
Front brakes. 
May 2009

121000 mi

US $30
vehicle would not start. towed to shop. found battery cables to have corrosion 
Jan 2010

133000 mi

US $300
Then also had rear windshield wiper motor replaced. 
May 2010

142000 mi

US $117
Headlight-bright lights stalk stopped working 
May 2011

161000 mi

US $400
Central cupport bearing came loose 
May 2013

209000 mi

US $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
Oct 2007 - Mar 2009
May 2007

76000 mi

US $250
Right Front Wheel Bearing. 
Dec 2007

72000 mi

US $250
Left Front Wheel Bearing. 
Jun 2008

100000 mi

US $800
Sway Bar Links, also engine timing belt, transmission tuneup, water pump, accessory drive belt,and spark plugs. 
Jul 2008

102000 mi

US $535
Plastic engine cooling fan broke off a large piece. Had to replace whole unit. Left Rear Wheel Bearing. 
Sep 2008

104000 mi
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.  
Nov 2008

107000 mi

US $50
Dashboard Light "Service Engine Soon" came on. After having AutoZone check codes, determined I needed a new Fuel Cap. 
Dec 2008

112000 mi

US $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
May 2006 - Mar 2010
Jul 2006

105000 mi

US $3400
Transmission replacement 
Dec 2006

90000 mi

US $2000
Engine Replacement 
Jun 2008

160000 mi

US $4800
Transmission replacement 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT AWD

Saturn VUE in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2008 - Apr 2009
Mar 2008

47120 mi

C $180
Catalytic converter shot and injectors clogged. Muffler also rusted out, but I went after market for that. 
Jun 2008

47740 mi

C $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
Mar 2008 - Feb 2013
Apr 2008

45000 mi
Fuel injectors replaced; valves adjusted/replaced; throttle control system repaired. No charge under dealer warranty. 
May 2008

45000 mi
Ignition, throttle body. 
Dec 2008

49000 mi

US $50
New thermostat, fixed coolant leak. 
Apr 2011

55000 mi
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! 
May 2011

56000 mi
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
Dec 2007 - Jun 2008
Jan 2008

78000 mi

US $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
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Dec 2007

28000 mi
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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2003 Saturn VUE Repair Histories

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