Saturn VUE - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Saturn VUE owners have reported a total of 2,969 problems for their cars built in the 9 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Saturn VUE. The 2003 Saturn VUE cars have the most problems reported (842 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Saturn VUE

Model Year Number of Problems
  2010 VUE
9
  2009 VUE
129
  2008 VUE
468
  2007 VUE
374
  2006 VUE
393
  2005 VUE
205
  2004 VUE
339
  2003 VUE
842
  2002 VUE
210

  Common problems of Saturn VUE

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Saturn VUE cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (589 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (575 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Saturn VUE

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
589
  Electrical System
575
  Air Bag
296
  Engine And Engine Cooling
264
  Steering
238
  Equipment
233
  Suspension
121
  Service Brakes
89
  Structure
82
  Vehicle Speed Control
68
   
  Visibility
65
  Exterior Lighting
50
  Other Fuel System
50
  Latches/locks/linkage
47
  Gasoline Fuel System
38
  Electronic Stability Control
33
  Seat Belt
28
  Seats
27
  Unknown Or Other
26
  Wheel
22
  Tire
19
  Air Brake
3
  Traction Control System
3
  Child Seat
1
  Interior Lighting
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Saturn VUE of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across VUE model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Saturn VUE model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across VUE Model Years

VUE
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2010 92,9079    
0.34
  2009 12939,34310    
0.33
  2008 468108,53711    
0.39
  2007 37476,11112    
0.41
  2006 39395,11613    
0.32
  2005 20565,10514    
0.22
  2004 33992,35915    
0.24
  2003 842109,45416    
0.48
  2002 21035,31917    
0.35

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Saturn VUE is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2009 VUE
2
  2008 VUE
44
  2007 VUE
37
  2006 VUE
17
  2005 VUE
19
  2004 VUE
41
  2003 VUE
120
  2002 VUE
22


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