2004 Saturn Vue Consumer Reviews

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2004 Saturn Vue
3.9
Average based on 39 reviews
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VUE IS A LEMON

by from CHICAGO on December 28, 2009

BEWARE! DO NOT BUY ANY VUES WITH THE CVT TRANS! FAULTY DESIGH! BASICALLY UNREPAIRABLE AS REPLACEMENT UNITS HAVE THE SAME DESIGN FAULT I HAVE GONE THRU 4 TRANSMISSIONS IN 105K MILES
BEWARE! DO NOT BUY ANY VUES WITH THE CVT TRANS! FAULTY DESIGH! BASICALLY UNREPAIRABLE AS REPLACEMENT UNITS HAVE THE SAME DESIGN FAULT I HAVE GONE THRU 4 TRANSMISSIONS IN 105K MILES
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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BEST CAR EVER

by from Ohio on June 15, 2011

My Dad's car and I love it, out of all the cars in the family this one is my favorite and the one I drive the best!
My Dad's car and I love it, out of all the cars in the family this one is my favorite and the one I drive the best!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Warning: High Transmission Failure Rate

by from marysville, wa on November 29, 2013

I loved this suv! I bought a V-6 AWD. Has decent fuel economy. Great passenger and cargo space. Great power passing and coming home daily up a steep hill. HOWEVER I found numerous reports of torque ...
I loved this suv! I bought a V-6 AWD. Has decent fuel economy. Great passenger and cargo space. Great power passing and coming home daily up a steep hill. HOWEVER I found numerous reports of torque converter / transmission problems. Even repeated transmission replacements with a high cost for replacement. My transmission is now failing at 94,000 miles and I only had the car for 6 months. Disappointed.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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After 1 year...

by from Fruitport, MI on November 24, 2009

After 1 year, I have driven my 2004 saturn vue a lot. Several 10 hour drives and several 8 hour drives - so much so I doubled my milage over this past year (30K up to 60K). Rants - I apparently pushe...
After 1 year, I have driven my 2004 saturn vue a lot. Several 10 hour drives and several 8 hour drives - so much so I doubled my milage over this past year (30K up to 60K). Rants - I apparently pushed my hazard button too hard because i pushed it right into my dashboard. That happened recently and am working on getting it fixed. - I just got new tires and realigned because I thought it was pulling. After 30K miles though...i guess it was due Raves: - we love it! like i said, my vue took many road trips this past year and so naps happened. My boyfriend (6') and I (5') didn't have many problems getting comfortable. - I fit 3 adults in the backseat comfortably. - the grocery storage in the very back has come in handy. I even have enough space when the storage is in-use for the rest of my belongings behind it Overall, I love it and recommend it to anyone
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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stay away from 4 cyl & awd

by from Boston, MA. on July 14, 2009

My wife and I purchased a 2004 from our local saturn dealer in Sept 2007. In the last 2 months, we have had 3 transmissions replaced. It has spent more time at the dealership than on the road. We have...
My wife and I purchased a 2004 from our local saturn dealer in Sept 2007. In the last 2 months, we have had 3 transmissions replaced. It has spent more time at the dealership than on the road. We have tried to trade it in. Not even the dealership we purchased the vue from want it back. Nobody wants the vehicle. Don't purchase this vehicle. My wife and daughter don't trust this vehicle. They don't want to get in it anymore.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Great car, but a bit noisy

by from Virginia Beach, Va on July 20, 2009

I purchased my Saturn Vue in 2004. It has been extremely reliable, but I am beginning to have trouble with the transmission slipping and my gas cap is constantly sticking (I have 116,000 miles on the ...
I purchased my Saturn Vue in 2004. It has been extremely reliable, but I am beginning to have trouble with the transmission slipping and my gas cap is constantly sticking (I have 116,000 miles on the vehicle thus far). The most major complaint I have is that it is a bit loud in the interior (due to the tire noise). It is tolerable, but I do have to turn up the radio and volume on my cell phone to hear. Otherwise, it is a roomy, comfortable ride.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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It has been there for me

by from chicago on May 2, 2013

This car has done everything I needed it for. I have moved a couple times and there was enough room for me. It has given me no trouble in the 2 years I've it except now the transmission is going. I di...
This car has done everything I needed it for. I have moved a couple times and there was enough room for me. It has given me no trouble in the 2 years I've it except now the transmission is going. I didn't know that according to a mechanic friend of mine that this transmission will be between 4 to 5 thousand dollars to fix. I costs more than I have left on my loan. I hurts me to get rid of it. The transmission is a closed one. Built in Brazil. I got this used so I wasn't told about this problem. Please research if you are looking at this car
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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#2 of the cars I have owned

by from Port Huron, MI on February 23, 2010

I bought the Vue used with 29,000 on it. 2 years later I had a little over 122,000. It went to California 4 times. It was getting a little over 28 mpg on the e-way. It was a v-6 and it had great respo...
I bought the Vue used with 29,000 on it. 2 years later I had a little over 122,000. It went to California 4 times. It was getting a little over 28 mpg on the e-way. It was a v-6 and it had great response. I put on a different mass air system K&N and it was getting at 80mph then approx. 29.5mpg. I hit 30 on the desert just out side Vegas at night. Overall I would rate the SUV 4.5.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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55,000 Miles and Good To Go

by from Indianapolis, IN on November 5, 2008

No car gets 5 stars. Bought Vue V6 Auto new in 2004. 4 years later, no maintenance issues except for 2 recalls - strut tower and gas cap. Driven in town, through ice and snow, long road trips, haule...
No car gets 5 stars. Bought Vue V6 Auto new in 2004. 4 years later, no maintenance issues except for 2 recalls - strut tower and gas cap. Driven in town, through ice and snow, long road trips, hauled boxing and baseball gear in the back, stuffed it with a large armoire, a huge television, and fit my pitching cage in with no problem. Average 22 MPG combined city and highway. I have nothing special on the car and that said, the stereo is average. Everything else works as I expect it. The tires are 17" and that means a specialty size and specialty price - about $500-$600 for new replacements. Starts and runs great with lots of power and good stability. AWD is fantastic in snow. Just a solid vehicle for the time I have owned it. Warranty even covers lockout protection, something I have had the occasion to use. May go to something with better MPG and smaller in the next few weeks, but would not steer you away from getting this year and model as a used car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Good Workhorse

by from Dallas, TX on July 26, 2010

Just pay attention to the reviews. Stay away from the CVT transmission. Ive had ours for 2yrs. Real solid workhorse. Moved in the darn thing. Been on several trips. Its our daily driver. No mechanica...
Just pay attention to the reviews. Stay away from the CVT transmission. Ive had ours for 2yrs. Real solid workhorse. Moved in the darn thing. Been on several trips. Its our daily driver. No mechanical issues although ours may need new brakes and shocks soon. I thought this was better compared to the Ford Escape, Honda Element, and Chevy versions...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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