2004 Saturn VUE Saturn VUE 2004

We are 108,000+ car owners sharing real-world car information.

Join Us

2004 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (28%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (6%)

Select a problem area

Show all problems

Need advice about specific Saturn VUE problems?

Chart based on 210 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2004 Saturn VUE.

2004 Saturn VUE suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (52%)

< $100 (21%)

Chart based on 56 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

150000 mi

US $750
Struts and shocks were replaced due to normal wear. 
88000 mi

US $100
stabilizer clips 
119000 mi

US $60
I had to replace the wheel hub on the front passenger side. Needed to replace the Tie-rod end links 
178000 mi

US $475
Replaced tires and I bought quick struts, monroe. 
179000 mi rear control arm broke from frame. Further investigation with welder to see if welding could repair it resulted in the discovery that the frame had rusted out so much so that there was no way to repair it. Seems it is a unibody and once it rusts out there 
25000 mi

US $450
Sway bar end links replaced to reduce front end noise. Also replaced gas cap (warranty repair). 
79421 mi

US $88
replaced front and rear swaybar links. easy d.i.u. job . no more clunking noise from front end replaced front and rear swaybar links. easy d.i.y. job . no more clunking noise from front end 
46000 mi Some vibration and other noises (squeaking etc) noted. Some bushings were replaced. 
90100 mi Rear shock absorbers required replacement. 
44020 mi Front drivers side wheel bearings started to "hum" and needed replacment. 
46500 mi

C $220
Front, right stablizer link seized. 
145000 mi Sway bar bushings replaced.  
174000 mi

US $35
Replaced bushings for sway bar. 
188000 mi

US $250
Replaced sway bar bushings, front strut assemblies 
197000 mi

US $6000
Replaced both front wheel bearing assemblies. Had headlight lenses polished also. 
217000 mi

US $490
Replaced right front wheel bearing 
218000 mi

US $300
Replaced broken stabilizer bar. Hit pothole,cracked on drivers side. Probably already worn beforehand, as replacing it eliminated a clunk. 
228000 mi

US $250
Drivers side front wheel bearing replaced. 
255100 mi

US $140
Replaced drivers side front wheel bearing 
263000 mi

US $200
Replaced passenger side wheel bearing 

Return to top

2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

228000 mi

US $280
Lower ball joint replaced. 
120000 mi

US $700
Driver front wheel bearing assembly 
129000 mi

US $1700
Control arms and bushings. 
88534 mi

US $180
103000 mi

US $450
front pass side wheel bearing 
133000 mi

US $1100
Replaced wheel bearing,  
144000 mi Also in need of future steering rack replacement. 
43000 mi

US $450
Replace front wheel bearing. 
144700 mi

C $55
front wheel bearing 
168300 mi

C $300
front wheel bearing 
55800 mi

C $130
Sway bar bushings replaced to reduce front end noise. Clunking sound over bumps remedied. Squeek when steering turned still present. Lube front shock rubber bushings suggested for next repair. 
78740 mi

C $300
Squeaking noise when turning or going over bumps. Right front suspension link was replaced. Front brakes were worn so pads and rotors changed at same time. 
118100 mi

C $597
right front bearing replaced, rear torsion bar rubber mounts replaced  
56000 mi

US $100
Front struts were replaced due to creaking noise when driving over bumps in the road. 
44640 mi

C $200
Top plate. 
95480 mi

C $800
steering pulling to left, noisy when turning or on rough road 
40000 mi

US $529
Loud grinding noise from front wheel area, mostly on right front. Dealer replaced both front wheel bearings. 
152520 mi

C $500
Strut bushings 
73000 mi

US $398
After brake replacement in February 09, noticed buzzing noise from front right side of the vehicle. Brought in for service at the shop that replaced the brakes. Was told the front right wheel bearing was worn and need to be replaced.  
84000 mi

US $500
problem finally identified. Left Front wheel bearing replaced. Problem solved. 
85300 mi noticed check oil light. Brought into shop for scheduled maintenance. Had tires rotated balanced and an alignment. car pulling to the left. after alignment car pulled to the left even more. Sensor reset but check oil light still appears. brought back to shop to check alignment. was told everything checks out to spec. vehicle still blatantly pulls to the left. Have to hold steering wheel to avoid drifting. Can make left lane changes by simply letting go of the wheel. 
91000 mi

US $380
Right rear wheel bearing/hub replaced. 
71000 mi

US $760
Front end squeaking when under heavy braking and handling was sloppy. Replaced struts and mounts, which greatly improve the handling. Also fixed some of the noise. 
89000 mi

US $300
Rear wheel bearing humming 
134000 mi replaced front struts /mounts, contorl arm bushings, + alignment 

Return to top

2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT AWD

147000 mi

US $200
Left rear wheel bearing required replacement 
156000 mi

US $400
2 broken rear coil springs.also replaced rear shocks 

Return to top

2004 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

68000 mi

US $1500
front wheel bearing. 
190000 mi

US $166
Replace shocks and struts (KBC) 
151000 mi

US $800
Wheel bearing replaced. 
163000 mi

US $775
One front wheel bearing under warranty from Sept. replacement and two rear wheel bearings. 
37000 mi Check for rattle in front end-tighten sway bar bushings & lube caliper pins 
156300 mi

US $1000
New front struts,tie rods,sway bar bushings,lateral arm bushings, trailing arm bushings,control arm bushings,stabilizer arms.rear shocks. 
177000 mi

US $415
Both lower knuckle joints. 
37000 mi Dealer tightened loose front swaybar bushings 

Return to top

See TrueDelta's information for all SUVs
See TrueDelta's information for all Saturn models.

2004 Saturn VUE Suspension Problems

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2004 Saturn VUE problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.