What Are Some Problems With the Saturn Vue?


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As of 2015, problems with the Saturn Vue include transmission failures in the 2002 through 2005 models, possible loss of ability to steer in 2009 models, and possible leaking power steering fluid in 2008 and 2009 Vue and Vue Hybrid models. The General Motors-manufactured VTi continuously variable transmission had a higher-than-normal failure rate, and replacements cost vehicle owners thousands of dollars each. In 2008, the automaker settled a class-action lawsuit with more than 90,000 Vue and Ion owners.

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General Motors manufactured the Saturn Vue, a small sport utility vehicle, from the 2002 through 2009 model years. The company discontinued manufacturing its VTi transmission in 2005.

In September 2008, GM recalled approximately 42,500 of its 2008 and 2009 Saturn Vues and Vue Hybrid vehicles. It was possible that a nut securing the power steering line to the power steering pump was loose in the vehicles. The condition could allow power steering fluid to leak onto hot vehicle parts and start a fire in the engine compartment.

In December 2008, GM recalled about 2,150 Saturn Vues with possible faulty steering knuckle assemblies. The tie rod ball stud could separate from or crack the housing of the tie rod and cause it to pull away from the steering knuckle. The separation could cause the driver to lose the ability to steer, and result in an accident.

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