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2003 Saturn VUE Repair Histories

112 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Saturn VUE. 48 of these members (42.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 152 repairs to 2003 Saturn VUEs--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 152 repairs.

2003 Saturn VUE repair cost distribution

Chart based on 89 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
99000 mi   Car kept stalling, computer reported errors, car wouldn't start any more. 
134000 US $300 Thermostat sticking open 
145000   Vibration / Shaking in steering. Intermediate steering column was tightened. 
146000   Car misfiring badly. Coil Pack replaced 
147000   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
7992 mi   Horn came on at night & burned itself out. Airbag & horn replaced under warranty. 
12023   Anti-lock brake warning light activated. Wheel speed sensor replaced under warranty. 
27095   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. 
28202   SES light, transmission failed to shift properly. Transmission EPROM reprogrammed. Hazard light on dash repaired. Covered by warranty 
30490   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. 
34501 US $280 New brake pads. Front rotors machined. Peeling cloth on sunroof shade replaced under warranty. 
35154   Noisy steering column replaced. Noisy airbag coil replaced. Swaybar links/bushings replaced. All covered by warranty. 
38360   Oil cooler leak repaired. Valve body gasket replaced. Oil pan leak repaired. 2 tires replaced w/ alignment. 
41582   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. 
49802   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. 
49946   Horn stuck on when locking vehicle w/ keyfob. Sound from radio/CD player intermittent. Horn replaced twice. Radio wiring harness repaired. 
50444   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 
55899   Rattle in suspension/steering wheel/gas pedal. Intermediate steering shaft replaced. Alignment & wheels balanced. 
57000   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   Replaced upper steering column / power steering motor. Still rattles & vibrates somewhat less than before. 
68000   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
58000 mi US $700 Fuel tank leak. Replaced tank. 
81000   Tires, alignment/balance, water cooler 
105700   key stopped working, they had to put in a new key mechanism 
113000   needed a full a/c replace 
Saturn VUE in Indiana, United States
May 2008 - Aug 2013
107000 mi US $10 Fog light bulb burned out on passenger side, replaced. 
110000   Front brakes. 
121000   vehicle would not start. towed to shop. found battery cables to have corrosion 
133000   Then also had rear windshield wiper motor replaced. 
142000   Headlight-bright lights stalk stopped working 
161000   Central cupport bearing came loose 
209000   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
76000 mi US $250 Right Front Wheel Bearing. 
72000   Left Front Wheel Bearing. 
100000   Sway Bar Links, also engine timing belt, transmission tuneup, water pump, accessory drive belt,and spark plugs. 
102000   Plastic engine cooling fan broke off a large piece. Had to replace whole unit. Left Rear Wheel Bearing. 
104000   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   Dashboard Light "Service Engine Soon" came on. After having AutoZone check codes, determined I needed a new Fuel Cap. 
112000   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
105000 mi US $3400 Transmission replacement 
90000   Engine Replacement 
160000   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
47120 mi C $180 Catalytic converter shot and injectors clogged. Muffler also rusted out, but I went after market for that. 
47740   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
45000 mi   Fuel injectors replaced; valves adjusted/replaced; throttle control system repaired. No charge under dealer warranty. 
45000   Ignition, throttle body. 
49000 US $50 New thermostat, fixed coolant leak. 
55000   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   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
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
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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