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Old 10-14-2017, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Planning to buy Saturn Vue.......

Hello,

I am planning to buy a car/SUV that has less than 120K miles and for the year: 2007 and above (not more than 10 years old). Planned a budget of $4000 to $4500.

While searching came across two 2007 Saturn Vue V6:

1. Has 112,000 miles: $4200
2. Has 128,000 miles: $3500 (AWD and has roof rack)

Assuming these vehicles are in decent shape, is this price good?

Also my understanding is Saturn Vue made between 2005 and 2007 has Honda Engine and transmission.

Please share your experience with Saturn Vue and any suggestions on the future repairs and maintenance in general.....

Thanks!

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Old 10-14-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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Cherokee,
I had an 07 Base model Vue. 3.5 V6, 5spd auto and AWD. The green paint, tan leather interior, all the bells and whistles, including the chrome package, which I think really complimented the design, and tow hitch. I honestly loved that little SUV. Unfortunately I totaled it in 3 feet of water with about 113k on it.
The V6 and auto transmission in the Vue from 04-07 was all Honda... and rock solid reliable with good maintenance, done the Honda way.... especially on the transmission. The price, depending on where you are at is about right for the cars in question. Just make sure the timing belt, water pump and plugs were done at the 100k Mark, if not haggle them down on the price, then get it done. The transmission fluid needs to be done via a drain and fill every 30k approximately. This is easy to do. These cars do tend to eat wheel bearings and front end parts, but I had replaced all of that myself and had good luck with all my work holding up. Quality parts make a big difference.
If you can do your own maintenance, they are good little, under appreciated, SUVs that are more dependable and capable than most people realize.

John.

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08 Equinox Sport 3.6 6 spd auto, AWD, even more loaded. And the jury is still out on it.

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Old 10-14-2017, 03:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: Planning to buy Saturn Vue.......

If you are partial to looking at price and reliability-

We had a 2005 VUE that we had on a lease. We were upside down on our Lease and we were planning to buy our VUE off of the lease...

However- my wife wound up wrecking the VUE 3 years after we had it... and was lucky to walk away without any major injuries. Our son (who was 13 months old at the time) also was unharmed.

Read up here:
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...ut+VUE+wrecked

I would buy a 2005 VUE again in a heartbeat... as well as in a manual transmission.

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Old 10-15-2017, 08:14 PM   #4
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Default Re: Planning to buy Saturn Vue.......

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While searching came across two 2007 Saturn Vue V6:

1. Has 112,000 miles: $4200
2. Has 128,000 miles: $3500 (AWD and has roof rack)
First off, do you need AWD? It drops mileage to low 20's MPG vs. upper 20's for FWD. Not to mention adding parts that may need attention. Second, you need to add details on the condition and equipment on each. If it's beat up needing lots of work, it may not be worth $2,000. If it's a fully serviced Redline model, it might bring $8,000.

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Old 10-18-2017, 08:07 AM   #5
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Don't overlook the 4 cylinder Vues. The 4's are super reliable and easy to work on. I'm still driving my 2004 L with 180 k and my daughter has my wife's 2005 Vue with 120k. Both going strong. My neighbor has the vue I bought on Ebay 5 years ago and he's over 200k.

But speaking of buying a Vue. I literally just bought a 4 cyl 2007 vue. It was one owner with 70k miles. Paid 4k and couldn't be happier.

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Old 10-18-2017, 03:47 PM   #6
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Atkovi,
I don't necessarily agree with you on the mileage thing. My 07 would pull down 25+ on the highway all day long. I got 28 out of one tank coming across the country with my wife, adult daughter and 500 lbs of stuff in my car. The average for that trip was 25-26 mpg....and we were running fairly hard. I once got 30 out of a tank, running right at the speed limit, but with the rear drive shaft pulled. Tire size and type play a big role in MPG.

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My numbers are for combined city and highway driving. Sure, all highway will be much better. I remember once getting 34 mpg on my FWD with flat interstate and cruise at 65 mph.

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