Saturn VUE - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Saturn VUE owners have reported a total of 2,992 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 (846 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2010 VUE
9
  2009 VUE
135
  2008 VUE
473
  2007 VUE
377
  2006 VUE
394
  2005 VUE
206
  2004 VUE
342
  2003 VUE
846
  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 (592 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (580 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Saturn VUE

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
592
  Electrical System
580
  Air Bag
297
  Engine And Engine Cooling
264
  Steering
243
  Equipment
237
  Suspension
121
  Service Brakes
90
  Structure
82
  Vehicle Speed Control
70
   
  Visibility
65
  Other Fuel System
50
  Exterior Lighting
50
  Latches/locks/linkage
47
  Gasoline Fuel System
38
  Electronic Stability Control
35
  Seat Belt
28
  Seats
27
  Unknown Or Other
26
  Wheel
22
  Tire
19
  Traction Control System
3
  Air Brake
3
  Interior Lighting
1
  Parking Brake
1
  Child Seat
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 13539,34310    
0.34
  2008 473108,53711    
0.40
  2007 37776,11112    
0.41
  2006 39495,11613    
0.32
  2005 20665,10514    
0.23
  2004 34292,35915    
0.25
  2003 846109,45416    
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
3
  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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