Saturn VUE owners have reported 81 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Saturn VUE based on all problems reported for the VUE.
The key can come out when the car is running. This is the same problem they have a recall on for 2002-2004 Saturn veus. This has been happening since 2015 when I bought the car. Also I have reported in the past that the ignition turns off while driving which can be fatal in traffic. I have had my ignition switch hard wired to a switch on the dash.
See all problems of the 2007 Saturn VUE.
Each time this occurred the vehicle was stationary/being parked, on 6-10 different occasions in the past 2 years, the key has gotten locked tight in the ignition switch. This caused the battery to run down and die on more than a few occasions. Once the key was frozen in place, after the engine was off, the key would not move in any direction and the steering was locked tight unable to move at all, the gear shift column was unable to be put in park. Other times the key would just be stuck in the ignition switch and could not be removed, regardless of effort to remove it, also not allowing the vehicle to be place into the gear of park. This problem has cause us to abandon the vehicle more than once, this is dangerous & should be addressed. I see other recalls on other Saturn models but not the Vue 2007, which does have a defect in this area and needs to be recalled. For the record the car key and the remote are the only things on my key chain, so the weight of the key chain is not the problem. This happened twice in the last 3 weeks.
I went to a gm dealership in June of 2016 to have the ignition switch replaced due to the recall. It's been exactly a year and have started having severe issues with my new ignition switch such as, the steering will locks and I try to turn the key and the ignition switch locks to the point that I can not get it unlocked. I was stranded at a shopping center due to this problem I attempted to get the ignition switch to unlock for over a half an hour and was unsuccessful. Also my key which was brand new last June has had all of the silver metal coating scraped off of it by my ignition switch. I now have been having to start my car before entering the vehicle so the steering wheel does not lock otherwise it's almost impossible to get it unlocked. Car was parked and off when this happens.
See all problems of the 2003 Saturn VUE.
I was stranded several times by the ignition switch refusing to turn or engage to start the engine. I checked recall notices and noticed that other years, like the 2004, had received recall notices to have the ignition lock cylinder replaced. I never received a recall and I would like to know if I missed a recall notification. I had to pay $332. 30 (including labor) in July, 2016 to have the ignition lock cylinder replaced, including having the lock cylinder rekeyed to my original keys. My mechanic told me he had just had another person in the previous week with the exact same issue. Is there any recourse for me?.
See all problems of the 2006 Saturn VUE.
Ignition switch assy; dealer charged me for flashing ignition system, vehicle still willnot start.
See all problems of the 2004 Saturn VUE.
Had the recalled Saturn ignition switch replaced. Now my car stalls out and dies when driving down the road, has happened on highway and residential, and doesn't restart for at least 2 min. After turning everything off. Then it happens again within 10 mins. After restarting. Has happened to me 4 times on 2 separate occasions. Once on hwy going 55 then residential going 25.
I had several problems with my ignition switch since buying this vehicle as new, so the switch was replaced on Dec 2008 at the dealership, which I paid for. I brought this vehicle to a gm dealer per the recall in 2015 and was told all is good, so I could claim reimbursement for the 2008 repair. To date, after filling in the required forms and submitting them to a local gm dealer, and corresponding with gm corporate, they refuse to reimburse me for the repair because they did not keep any Saturn maintenance records when the division was shuttered, even though corporate was the office that notified me of the exact date of the ignition switch repair so I could submit my credit card statement as proof. The last contact from corporate was 15 Dec 2015 with no response from several messages left with their case manager, paula (866-790-5700, ext. 5913223).
See all problems of the 2002 Saturn VUE.
I just bought this car for my daughter and the key will fall out of ignition switch when running down the road. I removed everything but the key so it doesn't happen. Previous owner said they checked with dealer to see if it was covered under the switch recall and they said no it was not.
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Vue. While driving at an unknown speed, the key ejected from the ignition switch independently and the engine continued to run. The contact was able to shut off the vehicle and restart it; however, the failure persisted and recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000.
See all problems of the 2005 Saturn VUE.
Stiff ignition switch right from day 1 when car was new,key does not fall out but jams,also front strut sqeek and creek,sounds like a 100 year old wagon,suppose there was a recall for strut tower bushing,I was charged $410 for the repair in 2005,if anything made it worse,I hardly drove this car it has 81000 km,approx 48000 miles,curious the hatch lock has always been stiff as well and the key gets stuck,sounds to me like a lock problem from the start,did gm outsource the locks like Toyota did with the gas pedals?.
Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key failed to turn in the ignition switch and numerous attempts had to be made before the vehicle would turn on. The failure recurred continuously. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 14v490000 (electrical system). However, the dealer refused to repair the vehicle because they were unable to locate a problem. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000. Pam.
I have a 2004 Saturn Vue. The key can be pulled out of the ignition switch while the car is on and in motion with the car in drive. Gm is stating that the car is not under recall because the VIN isn't on the list and the car was built at a different plant. It is the same exact issue as what the recall is for. Why won't they fix it?.
Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph the key released from the ignition switch. The vehicle was able to restart. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and had not been diagnosed. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. Sw.
After initial start, the car key can be removed from the ignition switch and the motor continues to run. To switch off the motor, the key must be reinserted as usual. There is no resistance in removing the key while the motor is running.
While driving about 25 mph, the ignition switch turned off and the engine stalled. There was only one other key on the key ring at the time I was driving. I was able to stop the SUV and restart it to continue. This is same ignition safety defect as in the other Saturns I have read about. I lost steering and braking capabilities.
Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. The contact stated he inserted the key into the ignition switch but the ignition switch did not turn over. The contact did not receive a safety recall notification however he noticed there was a NHTSA campaign number 14v490000(electrical system)when he looked up the VIN. The contact communicated with dealer and the recommendation to have ignition switch replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated the failure does not fall within the recall notification. The approximate the failure mileage was 13,000. Lb.
Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving at varies speed, the vehicle key fell out of the ignition switch and there was smoke coming from the ignition switch. The problem occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the independent mechanic and the mechanic diagnosed there was a failure of the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. Lb.
While driving @ 60mph on i75 in toledo OH in the middle lane of highway vehicle shut down. I was able to drift over to curbside. Vehicle refused to restart I drained battery attempting to restart. My airbag sensor light has been on in my vehicle for approximately 3 months. When I turn key to start my vehicle I have no connection until I release key then it kicks in and starts. On occasion when depressing lever on gear shifter I hear a ticking sound in ignition switch. All mywarning lights in dash come on and some remin on until next start example: abs brake traction control seatbelt check engine. Etc.
See all problems of the 2008 Saturn VUE.
I visited the dealer on that date because my car has faulty ignition switch (sometimes key don't turn and the key can go out easily in any position) and I hear the news for the recall for this vehicle with date 8/7/2014. The dealer was unable to find the recall in gm web page, exactly happen to me every time I check for this recall at gm web page. I'm worry an accident with the faulty ignition switch will occur at any time. I have the printed copy from the dealer at that time.
My husband drove the car to florida . During the trip he noticed the lights out on the dashboard. He stopped for gas and went to turn it off . When he gabbed the key he noticed the lights on the radio came back on. A few hours later he noticed the lights out again. Pulled into a gas station and carefully looked at the ignition switch and found the switch to be in between positions. This did not happen during his two week stay. But it happened on the way home.
The ignition switch keeps failing and it is very costly. When I stop and turn the ignition off it won't restart without several attempts. It also sticks and the key is hard to remove. I have three times replaced the ignition switch and this costly process in not holding up. To date. I know that it is not part of the ignition switch recalls but it is a recall issue. Many mechanics tell me they know this issue but no one seems to have addressed it. I hope that I am not on the highway when it causes a disaster for me and others.
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that intermittently the vehicle would not shift out of park and failed to start. While driving the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle and was towed to a repair facility. The mechanic stated that the ignition switch and the entire steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 08/14/2014.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key needed to be jiggled several times prior to starting the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified. The private mechanic diagnosed the failure as failed ignition switch. There were no repairs completed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage 113,005.
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition and could not be removed. Contact also stated that the key would not turn in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and was advised that the cylinder was locking. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,522.
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the key came out of the ignition and the engine continued to operate. Also, the contact indicated that after inserting the key into the ignition switch she was unable to turn the key to start the engine. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 150,000.
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