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Transmission Noise Problems of Saturn VUE - part 1

Saturn VUE owners have reported 35 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 1
Failure Date: 06/19/2017

So I bought this car from someone on craigslist and was told the car was in great shape and the history report mentioned a possible transmission issues but I was also told the transmission was replaced not too long ago by the owner who had the car before the guy I bought it from. Well after having the car for 2 days, the subframe cracked which was a $700 fix and took me months to come up with the money and my car was not driveable at the time. I got the Vue from the shop maybe 2 weeks ago and now the transmission is going. When I put the car in reverse it either doesn't move or gives me a lot of trouble moving. When I pop it into drive it either doesn't move, gives me trouble moving, goes into reverse, or will make a loud noise and jerk aggressively before driving. I took the car to get looked at and was told it had one of the original cvt Saturn transmissions and it will need replaced. The problem is the transmission is near impossible to find and cost most than the car is worth and more than I even paid for the car, according to the mechanics I took the car to. Apparently this is a common problem and even caused a lawsuit with Saturn and gm. Since the problem is with the type of engine Saturn used, I didn't know if I could get it replaced like most of the people in the lawsuit did. I am a broke and struggling college student and other than the transmission this car is in great condition. I am worried I will be driving ti one day and the car will stop working and I'll crash.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2008 Saturn VUE 2
Failure Date: 09/21/2015

When parking, whether on an incline or level ground my vehicle continues to roll forward. So a majority of the time I have to utilize my manual brake when placing my vehicle in park just to be on the safe side and to void any mishaps. Also, when in drive my vehicle makes a very strong noise that intensifies the longer I am driving. When I make turns or reverse it sounds like the transmission is struggling to perform. The best analogy I can give is when a person with asthma first begins to struggle with breathing and if they don't have their rescue inhaler that struggle immediately begins to kick up a notch. I reviewed the open recalls and found that there is one regarding the issues that I am experiencing with my vehicle (correct make/model) whoever, I am being told that recalls are VIN specific and that my VIN doesn't qualify. It was like I was being handled and the OH well tone regarding my concern that it can't be that issue because your VIN is not associated with the recall approach was quite unnerving.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2008 Saturn VUE 3
Failure Date: 06/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Saturn Vue xr. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph herd a grinding noise emerging from the engine section. The contact stopped at a parking lot. The vehicle was towed to the house. The next day the vehicle was towed to the dealer and the diagnosis was that the transmission module was damaged and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000. Bp.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 4
Failure Date: 04/10/2015

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While exiting a parking lot, the transmission made a bumping noise and failed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2008 Saturn VUE 5
Failure Date: 06/24/2014

This car was purchased on 4/4/2009 with 13,936 miles on it. As of the date of the incident, there are 71,694 miles on the car or 57,758 miles driven (average 11,550 per year). This car was well kept and had the appropriate maintenance done. The first thing that failed on the car was the keyless start. It failed less than seven months after purchase. Last winter, we noticed the electronic stability failed and no longer worked. On 6/24/2008; the transmission failed. We get the transmission fluids checked every oil change and everything seemed to be working fine. Two weeks ago, the car started making rubbing noises until now the transmission actually failed. Car transmissions should last at least 100k miles. With the history of Saturn Vues having transmission issues, this one has now failed us.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 6
Failure Date: 04/05/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving at numerous speeds, there was a loud noise as the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not accelerate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on four separate occasions where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired on all four occasions but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 126,000. Sg.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 7
Failure Date: 08/14/2012

Grinding/rubbing noise from transmission when in park or neutral.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 8
Failure Date: 07/08/2012

It dosent matter what time of day it is but when I turn on car there is a whinding noise that is very distinctive sound and seems to be getting louder in park and neutral. When I put car in drive it goes away put in park comes back. I also have rattling in left front driver side around tie road end area. When I turn to the right but not turning left at this time. I was told by some one the Saturn Vue 4cylinder have some real problems with transmission and that they are going out. ## VIN passed ##.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that at engine startup, a knocking noise was emitted from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 95,477 and the current mileage was 96,105.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 10
Failure Date: 03/25/2011

This is regarding my 2003 Saturn Vue. The vehicle has about 140k miles on it and the transmission was making noise at about exactly 95k, the transmission finally gave out without no indication, just coasted off the road until the car finally came to a stop. The car only idles I have no gears. After I called Saturn to report this, they indicated to take it to a Saturn dealership to have it diagnosed, I informed them that I could not drive the vehicle and they indicated that I could have it towed. I told them I wasn't going to incur the expense of towing for someone to inform me that the transmission is bad. At this point, still waiting for Saturn to call to let me know if there is anything they will do, I am not hopeful, she indicated to me that the warranty ran out at 100k or March of this year and it was may when I contacted them. With all the problems that everyone has with the transmissions you would think they would honor something. . .


 
car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Saturn VUE 11
Failure Date: 03/17/2011

My 2004 Saturn Vue is on it's second transmission. After 50,000 miles the transmission went out and I had to get a new one. The mechanics did not see any reason why the transmission would go out. Another 50,000 miles my car started making a noise almost like something was dragging on the ground. The mechanic did not see anything wrong and did not see a reason to inspect. About 20,000 miles later the noise got louder and my car would move but was not picking up speed as I press the gas. I had to park my car in a walmart parking lot and wait for a wrecker to come pick it up. The mechanic at the yard where the wrecker came from told me that the transmission went out and they could not see a reason why. My car is not under warranty anymore and I do not have 6000 dollars to get it repaired.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 12
Failure Date: 01/16/2011

I am appealing with all due respect for a complete remedy from general motors. In 2007 I purchased a 2003 from Saturn of marietta in marietta georgia. Initially I expressed the desire for another vehicle (a Honda SUV) but the sales people at the dealership were adamant about this particular and finally talked me into it. They told me it was better than a Honda SUV, etc. In March 2008 I moved to charlotte n. C. Because of a job opportunity. Then in the summer of 2009 the vehicle began making a very peculiar noise. I took it to two transmission shops who refused to work on it. At the time I did not understand why they refused this work. However, I was blessed when the second one told me that he had heard of some issue with these cars and recommended I take it to the Saturn of south boulevard. I did so. It took me the entire summer to scratch and save to get the transmission repaired. When I took it to the dealership they advised me that gm would take care of the bulk of the costs because of the extended warranty to second owners on the vehicle. That's all they told me. In August of 2009 I finally was able to save enough money to pick up the car which they repair the transmission to the tune of approximately $3400. 00. Fast forward to approximately on January 16, 2011 the car began making the same peculiar noises. Now this is only 27,000 miles and 18 months later. So I took it to 3 repair shops including steve moore Chevrolet on south boulevard (because they do all the work for Saturn now I was told). The issue has now recurred. Only two weeks ago I found out that the car was initially put on the street with the wrong transmission which is why it has issues. And I also found out that in 2009 someone should have told me about some $5000 reimbursement so I could have traded it in. Driving is dangerous because it can stop while driving on the highway.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 13
Failure Date: 11/04/2010

Tla contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving was approximately 5 mph, the vehicle began making a noise and it suddenly stopped moving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The dealer offered to give her a 50% discount on the repair costs. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 98,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving 15 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle suddenly shut off without warning; prior to the failure, the contact stated that the engine made a loud noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 93,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 92,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 15
Failure Date: 04/03/2010

I had a 2003 Saturn Vue with a vti transmission. In April 2007 the transmission failed while driving on the freeway, and I paid $4773 to repair it. On April 3, 2010, the Vue suddenly made a loud noise and stopped working on the railroad tracks. Luckily, I was able to get help pushing the vehicle off the tracks. The Saturn assistance center indicated that assistance might be available to repair the transmission because it had failed once before. I followed their direction towing the vehicle to Saturn of roseville to have them diagnose the problem. Saturn of roseville diagnosed an internal transmission failure. After talking to the service manager at Saturn of roseville, the assistance center said they could offer me no assistance because the service manager said it was a different part of the transmission that failed than the failure in 2007. I was verbally informed that the bill to repair the transmission would be well over $5000. Because the transmission failed twice, I did not want to spend a total of over $10,000 in total transmission repair costs because the transmission is known to be defective. Since gm did not repair the problem the first time and offered no assistance for a repeat repair, I donated the car to a charity.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 16
Failure Date: 03/10/2010

Must change tires every 10k, around 30k car started making grinding noise toward rear. Recall for suspension locks stopped working at 50k. Transmission started acting up at 60k. Changed thermostat at 65k. Now we drove it and one day the check engine light and reduced power light came on and the car stalled. Now it starts but won't go very fast , around 10-15 mph.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 17
Failure Date: 08/31/2009

I purchased my 2003 Saturn Vue in Aug of 2006, it had highmiles when I bought it started making noises and the car would not move in 2008 I had it towed to the transmission shop they told me it had a vti trans and they would have to replace it because the trans only last for 2yrs. Well now my trans was replace the car made the same sound this month and needs another transmission I cant afford to keep paying for Saturns mistake if you could please do a recall or to help with this financial hardship.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 18
Failure Date: 04/14/2009

This is a continuation of the complaint that I filed yesterday (# 10265132). I am the guy who lives in las vegas. I got my car back from Saturn last Thursday with a brand new transmission in it. When I started my car and was about to leave the dealership I heard a grinding noise that was never present before so I told Saturn to take it back and fix it again. They were not able to hear the sound and gave the car back to me the next day (Friday 04/10/09). I drove the car home (about 4 miles) and did not drive it until I went to work on Monday (04/13/09). Work is 15 miles away. When I left work I was sitting at a stop light with my car in drive and my foot on the brake only! without warning the car lunged forward like as if I were to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor. I was inches from hitting the car in front of me. I put the car into neutral and the engine temp went dead cold. Then I put it back into drive and the temp when back to where it was before. This happened once more before the light turned green. I got on the freeway and my car did not feel right (very sluggish). I had to push the gas pedal about 3/4 of the way to the floor for the car to move more than just a little. The engine noise was back even louder than before. I made it to the dealer but they were closed for the day so I left my car over night. The next day my wife dropped me off at the dealership. I needed to pull my car into the service bay so I started my car but just turning the key but not pressing on the gas pedal and the engine revved to over 3000 rpm. I put the car in reverse and the car did not move. I noticed that my daytime running lights were flashing. The more gas I gave the car the faster the daytime lights would flash on and off. The Saturn mechanic test drove my car and used some instrument plugged under the dash. He came back from the drive and told me that it was my transmission again! this is my 4th transmission in the last 1 1/2 year.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 19
Failure Date: 08/15/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. The contact stated the vehicle began to drag and lose power, making an unusual noise. The check engine warning light was also illuminated. The dealer replaced the transmission and the failure seemed to cease however, the unusual noise returned. The dealer replaced the throttle for the second repair and most currently, the vehicle became inoperable. The dealer would not provide any further assistance. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000 and the current mileage was approximately 108,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 20
Failure Date: 12/22/2007

My son had my 2003 Vue at the dealer for service engine soon light. Dealer advised it was a thermostat and they needed to order the part. My son was told it was okay to drive. The next day he went to go to a friends house and it made a grinding, whine noise. It then wouldn't go up a hill. Finally got it home ( less than a quarter mile) and it wouldn't go into reverse. Took it to a private transmission shop and they said the transmission had "blown apart". The car only had 59,000 miles on it. Had a used transmission installed for 2,500. 00. A new one would cost 5500 and rebuilt 3500. Piece of junk. . . Why doesn't some one make the dealer recall this junker?.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 21
Failure Date: 12/05/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving 50 mph and greater, the transmission makes strange noises, hesitates, jerks, vibrates, hops, slips, and slams into gear. The transmission slams into gear upon take off. The dealer has replaced the transmission four times on the following dates: 12/05/2007, 12/08/2007, 01/09/2008, and 02/11/2008. The tires were also balanced during the fourth repair, but this did not correct anything. One of the transmissions had to be replaced after the vehicle had only been driven 50 miles. The next time the transmission was replaced, the dealer had the vehicle for twenty one days. The dealer offered him a $1,000 certificate to trade the vehicle. Currently, the vehicle is experiencing the same failure and the transmission needs to be replaced a fifth time. The current mileage was 64,000 and failure mileage was 59,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 22
Failure Date: 11/10/2007

November Saturday 10th, 2007, my 2003 Saturn Vue made a grinding noise, I heard a pop then it stopped in the middle of an intersection. The engine was still running, but the car would not go forward or backward. I put the car in neutral and coasted down the hill to park it. I called Saturn and described the situation. They said it sounded like the transmission. I had it towed to Saturn of renton. November 13th the service department called and said that the problem was the transmission belt. I said ok, so put a new belt on. The service person said, well the "transmission is shattered". I said "how on earth did that happen?!" he told me that the transmission belts in the 2003 Saturn Vue's are metal, so when they break, they shatter the entire transmission. I said, so there is a flaw in the design of the transmission then. He said, "yes, I see a lot of these". He told me it would cost $5,500. 00 plus tax to fix it. I called the Saturn company customer service line. I opened a formal case and was assigned to an "advocate". That person called me on November 15th and said that because it is a flaw in the design of the transmission, they would honor the extended warranty, which only takes $1,000. 00 off of the repairs. I said that wasn't good enough, Saturn needed to pay the full cost to get it fixed. My "advocate" said that was all Saturn would do, and I had 30 days to decide if I would accept. Saturn will do nothing to correct this failure. They even insulted yesterday (Dec. 11th) when they said they would give me only $500. 00 on my Saturn Vue as the trade-in value! they said because of the $5,000. 00 transmission job that had to be done in order to resell it. I said "that transmission job was caused by something your company did, not me. . . So now Saturn is saying, in essence, 'we screwed you over once, and now we are going to screw you over again'. It isn't going to happen Saturn. . . I'd rather take it to a junk yard that give it back to you people!!!!!.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Saturn VUE 23
Failure Date: 04/18/2006

The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle began making a loud noise. On three occasions, the dealer stated that the vehicle did not make enough noise for them to make an unspecified repair. The contact has been able to drive the vehicle despite the noise. The dealer refused to diagnose the computer to determine the cause of the failure. The noise sounded as if a component underneath the vehicle was making contact with the ground. The dealer stated that they could not find any failures during the test drive, but they heard the noise. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 100,000. Updated 07/28/09 the consumer stated the noise was coming from inside the transmission. The front rotors were replaced. Updated 07/31/09.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 24
Failure Date: 06/01/2005

Failure of the vti transmission on the 2002 - 2005 Saturn Vue. I was notified by a fellow Vue owner that they are having serious transmission problems with this vehicle. I have had issues with my transmission since purchase and have documentation that I again brought it to my dealers attention at 55,000 miles. Upon research I find that the noise my car is now making is probably not the wheel bearings but the transmission.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 25
Failure Date: 05/20/2005

I purchased this 2003 Vue used from my Saturn dealer with 15,000 miles on it. Shortly after purchase, I noticed a growling sort of noise when I slowed down and when turning. I brought this into the dealer on a few occasions and was told "they couldn't hear the noise". Since then (in the past year) on occasion the car won't go into gear; I step on the gas pedal and it doesn't move. I stop the car, put the car in park; then put the car back in drive and it works. The same initial noise is still present and recently I was told by this same Saturn dealer that it is a transmission noise that "may have been helped with lower mileage" by installation of an upgraded software but most likely will not help much now (I have 113,000 miles on my car at this time). I feel if this transmission was deemed defective that it should be replaced by gm at their expense. I still have two more years to pay for this car and with reduced value I am upside down on this car. Please help and advise ~ thank you!.