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By 5th Time the Charm
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2002 Saturn VUE AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

5 time Saturn owner looking for a truck. Found a loaded '02 VUE off of a 3 year lease with 24K miles. Everything was great until 50K. Then it was new tires, brakes, cam positioning sensor, front strut mounts and a gremlin in the electrical system. 72K saw new catalytic converter, front strut bushings (sounded like there was a metal on metal grind from the front end, must have been the mounts again) and brakes, again. All covered under warranty. 85K saw new shocks, struts, tires, center support bearing for rear drive, 3 wheel bearings and to top it off a bad ECM! Truck was great when it ran. Solid power, stable and comfortable. Make sure you have a warranty. When it expires, dump it.


Best Features

Styling, layout (not that bad), power, stability and traction w/awd


Worst Features

Actually designing a vehicle without planned failure. Too many times a tech saying "yeah that happens all the time".


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02 Saturn Vue
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By dqpryor
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2002 Saturn VUE AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Certainly had some first year bugs (windshield not set correctly, computer had glitches, etc.) but it's been a very functional vehicle. We got a lot of utility out of it.


Best Features

Use of space is outstanding. It's been pretty reliable.


Worst Features

Radio controls are difficult to understand. Seats are not contoured well for long drives.


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Don't buy one
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By kevin
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2002 Saturn VUE AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this car brand new, love the dealer hate the quality of the Vue. Here are just a few of the problems I've had over the years. Struts went bad at 500 miles, car had to be towed at 1000 miles would not start burrs in the fuel rail bad abs the breaks stink, both O2 sensors are bad, crank case sensor went bad, gas guage works when it feels like it same with turn signals. Engine control module went out when driving 70 mph lost all control of everything including power breaks and steering. My wife was locked in the car not once but twice (how is that possible)? Car lost all power while driving in Atlanta on way to Florida, went to dealer was charged $85 for bad connection happened again.


Best Features

Not killing me on the highway, happy when car doesn't break down. I don't have the heart to sell it to someone knowing what a pile of garbage it is.


Worst Features

New electrical system use Delphi not Yazaki


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Saturn Vue Lemon
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By Never again
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2002 Saturn VUE AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my used 2002 Saturn Vue AWD in 2007 from a Saturn dealer in Downers Grove. It had 53,000 miles on it. From the start it had problems--a loud whining noise which was the vacuum. Then the ABS light went on, along with a fluid leak under the engine The service engine soon light went on with loss of power. I took it to a Saturn dealer in Savoy. They put in a new water pump/wheel speed sensors/hub assembly. That took care of some problems. I took it in seven times to get the service engine soon light and hesitation/loss of power problem solved. It never was solved and my engine ended up ruined with metal shavings in it. I need a new engine-big bucks. I will never buy a Saturn again.


Worst Features

Better engines


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


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After owning a Grand Cherokee with over 200K (with no issues, we bought what we thought would be a great vehicle, but... We love the design and comfort. From the day we got it though, there have been a string of mechanical problems. From the service engine light on and off all of the time, to the transmission slipping. It cost nearly $1000 to replace the alternator b/c the part had to come from Saturn and the engine had to be moved just to get to it. Now it needs a wheel hub and a water pump. The suspension is very noisy as well. I wish GM had put the right drivetrain in it they would have had a winner!


Best Features

The overall design, and interior comfort is great. Ride height and door entry just right.


Worst Features

GM should have put the 3400 or 3800 V6 in it and not gone the European GM part bin for the drivetrain. Make it serviceable.


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