2002 Saturn Vue 4 cyl 5 speed reliable
By Jim on
2002 Saturn VUE Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
At the ripe old age of 65 and having been involved with auto repairs and sales most all of those years I must say that the 2002' Saturn Vue 4 cylinder 5-speed manual is a great bargain. I have owned too many vehicles to count. At 120k miles it uses no oil and in the last 20k that we have owned it, 1-exhaust hanger is the only repair. It has had full synthetic oil since it was born. 5-speed shifter is a bit notchy but adequate.
Gas mileage 22 city and 28 highway. Reliable. All seats fold down including the front passengers so I can load 8ft 2x4's and close the hatch! 4-cylinder engine with a real timing chain-not a belt.
Keep this engine but refine it and keep the 5-speed manual and also refine it and make it smoother shifting.