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2003 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

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

Other (2%)

Chart based on 166 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

Engine not specified

Saturn VUE in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

121000 mi

US $1400
Some electrical thing near left side of wheels. Also the hood mechanism had to be replaced. The hood could not be opened initially. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn VUE in New York, United States
May 2005 - Jun 2016
Feb 2005

40547 mi
Front Wheel Hub Assy 
Jul 2006

64589 mi

US $116
Rear Wheel Hub Assy 
Oct 2009

94000 mi

US $400
Replaced thermostat.  
Jul 2010

103700 mi

US $120
Replaced Left Front Wheel Hub Ass'y 
Apr 2012

108300 mi

US $67
Replaced Crankshaft Position Sensor (CKP) 
Aug 2013

110000 mi

US $1000
Front Brakes Locking - replaced Rotors, Pads, Calipers and LF Brake Hose Exhaust leak - replaced 2 Flex Connectors 
Jun 2014

113000 mi

US $75
Replaced Spark Plug Boots, Cam Cover and Throttle Body Gaskets. 
Aug 2014

113000 mi

US $400
Replaced RF Brake Line. Replaced A/C Compressor, Expansion Valve and Accum/Dryer. 
Nov 2014

114000 mi

US $700
Replaced 2 pre-Cats and Main Cat 
Aug 2015

115500 mi

US $13
Replaced RR Spring Isolator 
Saturn VUE in Nevada, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2014
Jan 2013

137000 mi

US $1000
driving at about 45mph car boged down and came to a stop towed it home discovered catalyit conv pluged replaced runs fine 
Feb 2014

150000 mi

US $800
Plugged catalytic converters 
Saturn VUE in Arizona, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2013
Jun 2012

117000 mi

US $100
Replace leaking radiator 
Saturn VUE in Alaska, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

87000 mi
Just got car, needed engine mod sensor. 
Saturn VUE in Ohio, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

35000 mi

US $10
Vacuum leak, Replaced Gas Cap. Fixed problem. 
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 
Saturn VUE in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2005 - Apr 2016
Oct 2005

21000 mi

US $110
replace front hub assembly on driver side 
Saturn VUE in Manitoba, Canada
- May 2006
May 2006

87420 mi
Purchased May 9, 2006. Almost immediately needed a new CVT. Wholesaler who sold vehicle covered cost of installing a used CVT with 40k on it. This one lasted 90 days. 
Saturn VUE in Illinois, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

46000 mi
GM recall to replace bad ignition tumbler and keys. The key can be removed in IGN or ACC position. If you remove it too quickly you cannot re-insert the key. You have to use a small screwdriver to get it back to the "lock" position.  
Saturn VUE in Arizona, United States
Jul 2013 - Oct 2014
Jan 2014

180000 mi

US $85
Mass air sensor failed causing p0606 p0172 p0171 p0175 p0174 p0638 p0700 OBD codes. Replaced MAS and now running great. 
Apr 2014

185300 mi

US $20
Had obd code for throttle body not responding, electrical female connector failed to throttle body. Replaced connector with aftermarket product and now works great! 
Oct 2014

192000 mi

US $6
Oil pressure sending unit leaking oil. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Saturn VUE in Nova Scotia, Canada
Mar 2010 - Sep 2013
May 2010

42160 mi

C $310
Had to order new gas tank straps as one had rusted off. (Replaced 2 tires.) 
Mar 2011

44640 mi

C $700
Support bearing in Drive shaft wore out, not support for driveshaft, clunking while driving 
Jul 2011

48360 mi

C $75
Replaced flex pipe in front exhaust 
Jan 2012

52080 mi

C $60
Intermittent starting problems Saturn would start cold, but after driving for 15-30 min, and letting car cool for 15 min would not start back up, will crank, but will not start until quickstart sprayed in air intake, then runs fine 
Mar 2012

52080 mi

C $25
Saturn will not start, codes for oxegen sensors, emmission pressure sensor, misfires in 3 cyl. All seems to be related to fuel delivery, but no mechanic seems to be able to pinpoint to part that is the problem. 
Sep 2012

52700 mi
Replaced fuel pressure sensor, fixed no start problem. I ran into a problem of it starting but only running for about 15 min, So I replaced the Crank Position sensor. Part was $129. 
Saturn VUE in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2012
Dec 2011

78000 mi

US $375
ABS right rear sensor within the hub was bad and was replaced. 
Feb 2012

79000 mi

US $1100
2 front reflex struts 2 mounting plates adjust right front spring F.E.A. (front end alignment) Upon replacing right front strut notice front spring not installed properly from factory. Corrected and front end had to be aligned 
Mar 2012

79000 mi

US $1837
1 front Y pipe and catalytic converter. 1 front pipe and catalytic converter. Exhaust noise detected one converter bad removed and second failed while removing the first. Vehicle has 3 converters overall. 
Saturn VUE in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2016
Jan 2014

132000 mi

US $339
Replaced Thermostat 
Jun 2014

137000 mi

US $26
Replaced approx 18oz of R134 refrigerant. 
Dec 2014

138000 mi
Registering OBD II code P1799 Trans ECM Module + low voltage at throttle body. Checked under hood fuse/relay panel, disconnected and cleaned battery terminals, cleared code-no recurrence so far. 
Feb 2015

139000 mi
As above in Dec 2014 OBD II codes indicated throttle body/transmission again. Removed TB electrical connector, checked connections/dielectric grease/reassembled. Info via Tech Bulletin from Saturn Forum. So far, all OK 
Feb 2016

149000 mi

US $1144
Replace left front wheel bearing replaced refrigeration compressor 
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 Minnesota, United States
Sep 2010 - Nov 2010
Nov 2010

298000 mi

US $545
Front brake hoses replaced. Also turned rotors. Valve and intake manifold gaskets replaced. Valve cover gaskets blew out within 200 Miles. Suspect PCV was clogged up. It was blowing oil all over the exhaust manifolds. Looked like James Bond from the back!! Traded with valve cover gaskets blown. Leaked about a quart onto the exhaust manifold during the 50-mile drive to the dealer, smoke city! 
Saturn VUE in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2009

93000 mi

US $200
ignition ground all the keys down - needed an entire new set. cleaned and lubed tumbler fixed the problems 
Dec 2009

105000 mi

US $25
Threw a code (was it P1025 or something) car not up to temp; replacing the $25 thermostat requires $2000 of labor to pull the engine apart, decided not to replace since car runs normally. 
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 Georgia, United States
Nov 2008 - Apr 2011
Feb 2009

60000 mi

US $450
Thermostat as indicated by check Engine light. Went off by itself while living in warm climate GA but had to be replaced upon move back to cold OH. 
Aug 2010

74000 mi

US $750
First replacement of front brake pads and rotors 
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. 
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 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

Saturn VUE in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Jan 2010
Jan 2010

77000 mi

US $90
The variable transmission squeals at take off and slips at about 70mph. This problem was supposedly fixed 2 years ago under warranty. Dealer does not take responsibility, and the cost is not worth it. 
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

69000 mi

US $325
Transmission wires replaced. Fortunately we did not have to replace the entire transmission. 
Saturn VUE in Ohio, United States
- Jul 2006
Jul 2006

38865 mi

US $161
replace ignition column switch 
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 
Saturn VUE in Ontario, Canada
- Apr 2006
Apr 2006

34100 mi
Transmission failure. Replaced under warranty. 
Saturn VUE in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2010 - Oct 2011
Jan 2011

58072 mi

US $554
Lube Oil Filter Transmission Fluid topped off Intake Manifold Gasket Fuel Injector O Ring top and bottom 
Oct 2011

63000 mi

US $280
Steering clock spring replaced. Oil change. 
Saturn VUE in Florida, United States
Apr 2011 - Oct 2015
Apr 2012

94000 mi

US $290
passenger right rear wheel bearing needed to be replaced 
Dec 2012

98000 mi

US $565
Replaced rear shocks and had to replace both rear tires because the wore too much on inside tread. 
Feb 2015

109700 mi

US $600
replaced all brakes, 2 new tires 
Saturn VUE in Ohio, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2012
Apr 2007

65926 mi

US $148
water pump - $441 ext warentee covered $182 transmission warentee repair - $3480 Replace Battery $ routine maintenance 
Jan 2008

US $303
Tensioner 
Mar 2009

82483 mi

US $379
Drive Belt & Tensioner replacement 
Apr 2011

113700 mi

US $223
Engine noisy - replaced plugs, oil lube filter. The transmission is noisy and should be flushed. This is a VTI transmition. Flushing the transmition may not fix the noise problem. The cost was $280. I decided not to have the flush. Too costly. 
Oct 2011

120000 mi

US $20
Engine made chattering noise. getting white smoke from exhaust pipe sometimes. Added 2 quarts of oil. Cannot find oil leak. I think the engine is burning oil. 
Apr 2012

126000 mi
Engine clattering, sometimes making white smoke when sold. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT AWD

Saturn VUE in New Jersey, United States
- May 2007
May 2007

51000 mi
My CVT trans went @ 51,000 it was repaired under the GM 75,000 miles extended warrenty. 
Saturn VUE in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2011 - Apr 2016
Jan 2013

90000 mi

US $83
Rattle on drivers side around strut area when going over rough roads or bumps, but not all the time. Noise more or less had a mind of it's own, worse at slower speeds, not high speed, very annoying. Tech tightened strut nuts. 
Nov 2013

95300 mi

US $920
Exhaust manifold developed leak on passenger side, two of the studs broke off at head. Removed broken studs with engine in car, replaced all studs with new and gasket, also replaced manifold with new one. Both front hubs, rotors and pads. 
Jan 2014

96000 mi

US $600
Had to replace front right hub, which was new, but defective, with another one, had four wheel alignment done, tire rotation, front right tire also balanced. 
Saturn VUE in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

118000 mi

US $400
Check engine light came on and a humming noise was apparent when accelerating. 
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. 
Saturn VUE in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2014
May 2009

98000 mi

US $1015
Bolt broke on rear driver side lower strut control arm, replaced myself. Brand new tramsmission (Covered). new fuel pump front linkage (3rd time) 
Apr 2011

120000 mi

US $3000
Engine replaced 
Aug 2014

186300 mi

US $200
Replaced Front Passenger caliper and brake lines 

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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. 
Saturn VUE in Colorado, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2015
Feb 2010

54000 mi

US $310
Clutch hydraulic line leak. 
Mar 2010

55000 mi

US $950
Replaced timing chain due to inadequate design of original oiler nozzle. TSB referenced the defect but GM did not deem it worthy of a recall, only that the oiler should be replaced along with the timing chain. 
Saturn VUE in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

85000 mi

US $300
DRL's failed. ABS failed along with traction control. Strut bushings failed, making constant squeeking noise.  
Feb 2010

94000 mi

US $200
Have to replace another wheel bearing, the third. 
Saturn VUE in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

83000 mi

US $150
Replaced rear wiper motor 
Saturn VUE in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2012 - Apr 2015
Aug 2012

125000 mi

US $550
Emissions test failed. Had to replace exhaust parts downstream of cat conv. 
Apr 2013

128000 mi

US $400
Rough idle at low temperature better as engine warmed up. Problem was the ignition coil but got there after replacing other cheaper parts. 
Jul 2013

131000 mi

US $80
Starter motor failed. Replaced with new one. 
Apr 2014

134300 mi

US $120
Battery cables needed replacement. Starter would not run. 
Apr 2015

138000 mi

US $150
Muffler replacement 
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
Sep 2007 - Apr 2015
Mar 2012

88000 mi

US $450
Timing belt 
Dec 2013

99000 mi

US $60
New front pads. 
Saturn VUE in Michigan, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

93000 mi

US $650
Water pump leaking, replaced 
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2015
Sep 2011

89000 mi

US $885
Body Control Module (BCM) failure required replacement 
Dec 2013

105000 mi

US $415
Ignition lockset failed and needed to be replaced 
Jun 2014

108000 mi

US $1300
Vac code for gas cap and seal 
Jun 2015

113000 mi

US $1400
Broken sway bar replaced 
Saturn VUE in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2012
Feb 2011

150300 mi

US $549
Brakes and rotors. 
Jun 2011

158000 mi

US $711
body control module fixed all kinds of odd problems from the dashboard display lights to car not running after starting with the door open. 
Mar 2012

164000 mi

US $1440
Brake flex line had rust in it which caused driver side brake to stay engaged. Dealer replaced the drums, rotors, etc. and the problem remained (and they THEN replaced the flex line). 
Saturn VUE in Minnesota, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2016
Apr 2009

49000 mi

US $250
Front tie rods replaced to eliminate groaning in steering assembly. 
Oct 2013

64000 mi

US $1200
Ignitions switch would not turn. 
Oct 2014

67700 mi

US $931
Leak in fuel line right below the fuel tank. Parts hard to find for Saturns no longer in business. Re-inspected ignition switch. 
Apr 2016

73300 mi
Left rear window motor did not function. Did not repair it at this time. Will do so next month. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Saturn VUE in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

107000 mi

US $600
Had to replace rear bushing driver side and front bushing pasenger side. 

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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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