By Chris on
2002 Saturn VUE AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
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!
The overall design, and interior comfort is great. Ride height and door entry just right.
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.