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2002 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

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

Other (0%)

Chart based on 60 repairs.
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2002 Saturn VUE repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (50%)

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Chart based on 52 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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 FWD

Saturn VUE in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2013 - Feb 2015
Dec 2013

150000 mi

US $989
Rear coil blew. 6 cylinders running on 3. 

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2002 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

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

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

177000 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 
Saturn VUE in Colorado, United States
Dec 2014 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

151000 mi
Had just started to have transmission problems. 
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 New Jersey, United States
- Jun 2007
Jun 2007

57000 mi

US $150
Crank position sensor went bad. Car would shut off while driving and never threw a code. 
Saturn VUE in Illinois, United States
- Dec 2008
Dec 2008

97100 mi

US $3200
At 97,100 miles, the timing chain tensioner went causing a total failure of the engine. Saturn estimated a junkyard replacement engine (67K miles) at $3200+. Vehicle was junked. Although not recorded, I spent $2800 in repairs in 2008. What a crappy car. 
Saturn VUE in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Jun 2011 - Sep 2013
Jul 2011

81840 mi

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

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

89880 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

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 Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
May 2014

100300 mi

US $800
It was a problem with the ignition and the key not talking to each other. 
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. 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 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

95800 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 - Jun 2018
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

186500 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

208200 mi

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

213140 mi

C $25
Replaced CPS 
Aug 2015

219660 mi

C $100
Replace water pump. 
Sep 2015

223200 mi

C $60
Replaced front sway bar links. 
May 2016

226660 mi
Driver side power window inoperative. Repaired broken wire (spliced in new wire piece) in rubber flex boot by door hinges. 
Feb 2017

232500 mi
Bad bearing in water pump. Pump covered by warranty. 
May 2017

234360 mi

C $10
Silicone sealed leaking valve covers Replaced muffler 
Jul 2017

235600 mi

C $250
Replace alternator. 
Oct 2017

240560 mi

C $230
Replace valve stem seals (covered by TSB 04-06-01-010). Scheduled maintenance: Replace spark plugs, timing belt (including tensioner and idlers). 
Jun 2018

244900 mi

C $60
Add refrigerant 

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2002 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn VUE in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

194000 mi

US $450
Replaced all four wheel bearings with new bearings guaranteed for 10 years. Replaced sway bar links Replaced front struts and rear shocks 
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. 
Saturn VUE in Illinois, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

131000 mi

US $250
Wheel Bearing 
Saturn VUE in Ohio, United States
Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

398000 mi

US $69
Rear wheel hub replaced drivers side. 
Saturn VUE in Michigan, United States
Mar 2012 - Jan 2013
Apr 2012

87700 mi

US $450
rear wheel bearing both sides replaced 
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. 
Saturn VUE in California, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2015
Dec 2014

198000 mi

US $75
Routine maintenance, replaced rear shocks. They were not completely worn out but replacing them noticeably improved the ride. 197k on the originals, if I'm not mistaken.​ I just wish replacing the front struts was as easy a job! 
Saturn VUE in Texas, United States
Jun 2012 - May 2014
Aug 2012

120700 mi
The brake light, service light, and abs light come on randomly. This happens when the outside temperature is above 100 degrees. Of course, when the vehicle is taken in, it will not repeat the symptoms. Mechanically the brakes are good. 

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