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2003 Saturn VUE SUV

 
 

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Saturn VUE Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 143 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Saturn VUE

  • A well-thought-out and capable mini sport-ute, the Vue enters a crowded field of equally competent rivals.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Large doors ease entry/exit, extensive choice of drivetrains, spacious cabin, excellent crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Bland interior, low-grade plastics, noisy four-cylinder, vague steering.

  • What's New for 2003

    New last year, the Vue gets only minor changes for 2003. V6 models are now available with front-wheel drive, while a new options package…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (92 total reviews)

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

Glad to drive a standard!

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn VUE Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

My Saturn (which we purchased used) has been great...until recently. We put a lot of miles on the poor thing and use it for all that it's worth and it still starts up! If you're looking for a car to get you from point A to point B with no particular thrills or any real "excitement," then I would absolutely recommend only this model. However, I highly recommend you DON'T tow anything heavy with this car...it just can't handle it! However, I have no real complaints (didn't replace the clutch until recently and have only started to see some problems with the car). She has almost 168,000 miles and she's still going (fairly) strong. Go VUE!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good for the money. would

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn VUE Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my 2003 Saturn Vue 4 cylinder with a 5 speed manual transmission. I read on this site that the CVT were garbage but the manuals were worth the money. I love my car. I drive back and forth about 120 miles per day working about 1.5 hours away from my home. I bought the car with 70,000 miles on it. I just passed 105,000 miles and it is still running strong! The car is fun to drive. The only improvements I would have is that create stain free carpets and a quieter ride. The car is a little noisy on the highway. Saturn Customer service could be a little better because when calling for a particular part, I was given the run around. All in all, a great buy for the quality and price.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not too shabby, buy the

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn VUE Fwd 4dr SUV (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

It is a great basic car to get you to point a to b and hopefully back to point a. NO frills no thrills it's great on gas I can get about 320 miles mostly city driving some hwy. It is not too comfy and doesn't handle the best. If you can forgo some points, it is a great daily driver. Just make sure you get the 5 speed the cvt stinks and will break. The engine is noisy and has no power just know you will not merge too fast, just use your head and pre-plan entry exit off hwy. It has held up nicely so far. had to replace ball joints, sway bar links and motor mounts with wear and tear any car will need this stuff. The 5 speed shifts nice it is made by Getrag, same as BMW supplier



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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Full 2003 Saturn VUE Review

What's New for 2003

New last year, the Vue gets only minor changes for 2003. V6 models are now available with front-wheel drive, while a new options package bundles together heated leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A new optional audio system includes a subwoofer, 180-watt amplifier and six door-mounted speakers.

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