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Dead Soldier
By boyinblue on 03/16/15 07:49 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Bought a Saturn 2002 VUE (V6) with about 100K on it for under $10K from a local dealership. The original owner put every bell and whistle on it. No issues for the first 2 years and then the parade of issues started. I understand the SUV had 100K on it but what started happening should not necessarily be expected The engine is horrible. It is my understanding that Saturn opted for a SAAB motor. I believe they has those engines until 2005. Nothing but issues. Leaking oil, burning oil, had gaskets replaced. Recently the 6th cylinder quit. We have sunk about $3500 to keep this car on the road. We should have dumped it within the first 3 years after purchase.
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Will hit 200K Next month
By uppity on 01/01/15 18:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This has been a wonderful car. I've kept it well maintained so repairs have been minimal. Only things needing repair have been something related to the front end and a sensor of some kind. Repairs were so long ago I don't really remember. Have replaced brakes, battery and tires but I consider those part of maintenance. Still on the original exhaust system and clutch. Only redid the brakes once. I.can only hope my next car is this reliable.
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Add my repair bills and I could have bought a Land Rover
By threeninety on 08/08/13 10:53 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We bought this car new, since day one it's been a horrible money pit. Saturn found a way to get out of fixing anything under warrantee, I'm glad the brand is gone, GM shame on you. Sunroof has always leaked (I constantly am dealing with the drains), interior has always been moldy as a result. Fixed the transmission twice, in fact fixed just about everything twice. Car has stranded my wife and toddlers on several occasions. Worst car I have ever had, regret even buying any Saturn or modern day GM product. I'll never own a Honda or import, so I'll try Dodge and Ford. Whomever was on the staff designing this POS should go back to school, or design scooters.
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5 of 9 people found this review helpful
Worst Car Ever
By 2002vue1229 on 08/16/12 16:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV AWD 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl CVT)


Review

One month after purchasing this car the engine light and wrench light came on. The DRLs will turn off and on randomly, the horn will come on randomly and wont shut off. Now the vehicle wont start. I shut it off at home and the next day it wouldnt start. This happened once before and I had to reset the security system and it worked, now nothing will work. I dont know what to do with this junk. Dont buy this car!!!
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Given us Great Service
By tizmeusee on 01/02/12 09:10 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Owned it since new (June 02). It really has been quite reliable. Had a few accidents and it still handled great after the repairs. Honestly, you can't tell. Apart from normal wearables (tires, oil changes, tune ups, etc.), it has had a few expensive repairs over the years. Several faulty sensors had to be replaced to the tune of $500 a pop and the belt that MUST be done at 100K miles. Gas mileage was about 22 mpg in mixed city/hwy. We took a number of very long trips in it (family of four) and were quite comfortable.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Horrible!
By mres08 on 12/26/10 14:10 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Worst car ever. After owning for 1 1/2 years, I have to get rid of it. Have is the key word. It died on the highway. Nobody can tell me specifically what's wrong with it because there's about 8 different things wrong with it. The engine is about to go. There are brake problems, engine problems, thermostat problems, etc. I regret getting this car-- it's had problems since day one. No wonder Saturn's out of business. The reliability of their cars are seemingly terrible.
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Love the VUE
By David on 08/22/10 16:00 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Had it now for 8 years and the only problems I had was the Body Control Module and the Stabilizer links. The dealership wanted $750.00 Canadian total to replace the module. However I ordered the part in the US and saved $350.00!
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I hate this car!
By disappointed on 04/19/10 17:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Worst car I have ever owned! I bought this car in 06 and have had problems ever since! Within a week of getting it, it went the shop for a mouth and a half. and I have had problems ever since. Wish I could trade it in instead of putting more money in it but cant afford either one right now. I really dislike this car!
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Love It!!!!
By Kelley on 01/14/10 13:39 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I LOVE My Saturn! It has been very dependable & handles excellent! Other than Oil Changes, I had to replace the crank position sensor which was about $85 (A very popular problem in these vehicles) and Im about to change the sway bar links here pretty soon. (also another common problem in VUEs) I take great care of my VUE. Oil Changed every 3,000 with Mobil 5,000, Wax's, Mid-Grade Gas, I get about 24MPG, I love it and expect it to last another 75,000 or more!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Mine has been a "Good One"
By Karen on 12/19/09 15:36 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Saturn VUE SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

When I first purchased the Vue, I was driving over 100 miles a day to and from work. I wanted something cheap and dependable. That was 6 years and over 100k miles ago. Besides the normal oil changes, tires, brakes and other normal maintenance, I have had to spend nothing for repairs. It's been a very good car and I hope it continues to be.
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