I've owned the '02 Vue for 1 year. In that time, replaced / repaired: 1. Throttle Body, 2. Entire engine wiring harness, 3. SES light on every other month for something, 4. Leaks into cabin from sunroof. Total outlay: about $3,000. This repair work occurred during 46-56,000 mile period. The car has good performance overall. But the repairs just keep me from enjoying it. Now, weird noises coming from the drive train - dull roar. Like many in this column, I bought it for perceived value for the price. I wouldn't buy another Vue again. Recommend looking at the Ford Escape 4wd or a Jeep before looking at this vehicle.
Engine power and awd.
Grab handles, more sound insulation, higher quality handles (door & interior), upgraded suspension - sway bars and damping, better console, more storage cubbies up front, higher quality seat fabric / carpet, better transmission shift points (2nd to 3rd gear way too high rpms).