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Transmission Noise Problems of Saturn VUE

Saturn VUE owners have reported 30 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2008 Saturn VUE 1
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.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 2
Failure Date: 08/14/2012

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

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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!.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 21
Failure Date: 10/07/2004

When consumer stop for red light, then step on accelerator, car hesitates then lurches forward abruptly. While driving 65 mph the consumer heard a humming noise and the vehicle suddenly decreased in speed to around 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who reprogrammed the software. Three weeks after the vehicle was purchased the transmission had to be replaced. Now the replacement transmission is having problems.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 22
Failure Date: 07/27/2004

I have had several problems with my 2003 Vue. First, the vti transmission seems to hesitate and or slip when accelerating. This has happened on several occasions at different speeds, it comes and goes. It also seems louder that it should be with clicking noises, especially when cold. I took the car to the dealer to make sure everything was ok, I was told there was nothing wrong. Second, the horn is very hard to use, my wife does not like to drive it because she does mostly city driving and needs a horn. It's not broken, just very difficult to use and I think a potential hazard. Finally there are many other sqeaks and rattles that drive me crazy. The headliner around the sunroof on the drivers side rattles a lot. Also the rear trunk/liftgate squeeks and after closer examination I saw that the inside plastic was coming apart from the rear trunk/liftgate. I pushed it back together, but I think it loosens everytime I close the trunk/liftgate. Nothing has been done to the vehicle concerning these problems.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 23
Failure Date: 07/01/2004

Problems with transmission on 2003 Saturn Vue. The consumer was backing out of the driveway onto he main road and the vehicle died in the street. Two days later the consumer found that the vehicle needed a transmission. Six weeks later the consumer heard a loud noise coming from the front end. There were no warning lights when the transmission died.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 24
Failure Date: 04/04/2004

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact heard a whining noise coming from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they performed a diagnostic and detected a transmission failure. The dealer previously replaced the transmission one year prior to the failure. The contact and dealer were waiting for the warranty company to determine if the vehicle would possibly be honored under the service warranty coverage before the transmission repair was performed at the expense of the owner. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 25
Failure Date: 03/19/2004

The continuously variable transmission of a 2003 Saturn Vue vti started to make screaming noises, when accelerating up a ramp onto a highway. The vehicle could only enter the highway at a reduced speed.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 26
Failure Date: 03/09/2004

While driving 25 mph consumer heard a loud grinding noise coming from the transmission. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 27
Failure Date: 12/22/2003

I detected a roar/rubbing sound in the engine or drive train when the car was in park or neutral. I called Saturn of greenville (nc) and was told to bring the care in to be checked. I did this and was told that the care sounded normal, to continue driving the car, and to bring it back if it got worse. The roaring/rubbing noise continued to become worse. I again took the care in for evaluation by the service manager of Saturn of greenville on 12/26/03. This time, at my suggestion, the technician accompanied me on a test drive and was able to hear the noise. The service manager also heard the noise. I informed the service manager that I planned to take a trip to florida the next day and did not feel comfortable driving my car. He told me that he did not believe that the noise was serious nor was the car dangerous to drive, and that no further damage would be done to my car if I drove it to florida. I asked that he put this in writing and if I could speak to the owner. The owner agreed to provide me with another car and to fix mine. I was told that there was a problem with a belt in the transmission rubbing against the trans-case, which was what was causing the noise. I received my car back on 1/10/04.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 28
Failure Date: 11/21/2003

2003 Saturn Vue 4 cyl vti has transmission problems. Transmission has been repaired twice, continues to make rumbling noise along with apparent loss of performance. Saturn admits that the problem appears to be a defect in the model, but cannot repair.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 29
Failure Date: 05/12/2003

The contact owns a 2003 Saturn Vue. While driving 40 mph there was a noise present in the engine. The contact was able to drive into the emergency lane and towed the vehicle to the dealer. The contact didn't notice any warning lights prior to the failure. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and inspected where it was determined that the transmission failed. The transmission was replaced at no cost to the owner. The transmission was replaced on four occasions. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The contact is aware of the risk since the transmission failure could cause a crash. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 90,085.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 30
Failure Date: 08/07/2002

2003 Vue awd vti 4-cyl  transmission failed at 10,229 miles, dealership repaired. Transmission makes metallic rubbing noise whenever car is driven for more than 10 minuets. Only happens once car is warm. Dealership looked at it and said they added special fluids which took care of problem for 8,000 miles. Noise is back.