A cheap American car made of cheap plastics. Makes a ton of noise when you drive it. No finess to the suspension at all. The gear box is jerky. But none the less it is a reliable car and it is all because of the 2.2 cylinder V4 HONDA engine in the car. That's right. These GM cars came stock from the Tennessee factory with HONDA engines. A little misleading on GM's part. The car also gets good gas mileage because it is light but because it is so light you get tossed around like a sail in the wind if you are on the highway. The seats also fold down so you get a lot of cargo room if you ever need it.
I have owned this vue for 7 years and put a 110000 miles on it, it has 165 k now. It runs ok, but I spend a lot of money to keep it on the road. Transmission, 5 speed manual replaced once with a used one 1000, slave cylinder , clutch and shifting linkage replaced once $1000, ac $550, different suspension parts 1000 + and it's still not right, interior falls apart, electrical issues with instrument cluster. Paint just falls off this car on the plastic body panals. Breaks are crap, calipers freeze up ruining rotors. Road noise, leaks from moonroof, and forget about keeping the seats or carpet clean water will stain them. Comfort ? Put a pillow behind your back on long drives or you will be hurting. I wanna get rid of it but it runs still ok, timing chain makes noise on start up but it has been like that for 4 years or so. Parts are cheap to buy but they are cheap quality and don't last. The best thing about this vue is the cargo room and mpg, 21 to 27. I always bought us made cars ford's dodge and lots of gm. Saturn, Pontiacs and chevys and this one cost me the most to own. The resale value sucs, and after putting all that $ in tu it it's not worth to sell it just yet. It was cheap to buy but no pleasure drivin it at all.
mom bought this car two years old with 26000 miles on it. it now has 105000 on it and still runs great. since she has given it to me and the only thing i ever have to do with it is put gas in it, and it really does pretty well around town on gas (26ish) since we have owned it she has had to put breaks on it and new tires. thats it :) overall a great car, good job saturn
Bought used over a year ago. Wanted something that got decent gas milage, could haul my big teenage kids and had a manual trans. Vue was about the only thing I could find that fit all three.
Gets mid 20's for gas mileage in city / mixed driving. Had 118K when I bought it and at 143K now. Only repairs were new struts in the front right after purchase and two new tires. Overall very happy with the value and what it does for me.
Gripes? has new various rattles seemingly every time I get in, interior quality only average, and interior design is very lacking for storage.
Space inside for seating / hauling larger items, ease of ingress / egress.
Enjoy the sun-roof!
Although thankfully hasn't needed repair work, seems very accessable and well laid out to work on.
Relatively fun to drive for size.
rattles here, there and everywhere / interior noise overall.
Interior fit & finish and storage (admittidly, the 2006 and later models addressed this, I was just too cheap to spring for one).
I purchased this car 4 months ago used and now am experiencing issues with it. It was shaking back and fourth.... stop and go traffic was horrifying because I was afraid the rpms were going to drop and the car would shut off. Also the car had extremely poor pick up and when I would come to a stop the car would occasionally not go when I put my foot on the gas and then it would take off and sound like someone hit me from behind. Don't purchase this car better yet just get a bike...
I personally liked the inside look more then anything. Other than that I originally liked that it runed considering my last car experienced A LOT of transmission issues...
Don't buy a CVT automatic Saturn VUE :( or a Chrysler Sebring