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2003 Saturn VUE repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

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

Other (2%)

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2003 Saturn VUE transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (17%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (28%)

< $100 (39%)

Chart based on 18 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Saturn VUE

Engine not specified

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. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

181-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

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. 
44640 mi

C $700
Support bearing in Drive shaft wore out, not support for driveshaft, clunking while driving 
161000 mi

US $400
Central cupport bearing came loose 
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. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

34100 mi Transmission failure. Replaced under warranty. 
69000 mi

US $325
Transmission wires replaced. Fortunately we did not have to replace the entire transmission. 
67790 mi transmission warentee repair - $3480 
113500 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. 
72000 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. 
105000 mi

US $3400
Transmission replacement 
160000 mi

US $4800
3rd VTI Transmission Transmission replacement 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT AWD

98000 mi

US $1000
Brand new tramsmission (Covered). 
51000 mi My CVT trans went @ 51,000 it was repaired under the GM 75,000 miles extended warrenty. 
118000 mi

US $400
Check engine light came on and a humming noise was apparent when accelerating. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

54000 mi

US $310
Clutch hydraulic line leak. 

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2003 Saturn VUE 4-door

4-cylinder CVT 2WD

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 Transmission Problems

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