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Old 12-28-2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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My ex just called me and says the VUE won't start. I'm assuming it's the battery since it's the original. I haven't peered under the hood on it since we went our separate ways a couple of years ago so I'd appreciate it if someone could remind me what tools I'll need. Is it just the usual 10mm bolt for the hold down and the terminals?

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Old 12-28-2010, 11:18 AM   #2
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Hey there,

My ex just called me and says the VUE won't start. I'm assuming it's the battery since it's the original. I haven't peered under the hood on it since we went our separate ways a couple of years ago so I'd appreciate it if someone could remind me what tools I'll need. Is it just the usual 10mm bolt for the hold down and the terminals?

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I have a 2005 Vue. The battery cable clamps are 8 MM and the rear battery clamp is a 13 MM. If like mine - you'll need a socket and 6 to 8 inch extension to comfortably reach the hold-down bolt.

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Old 12-28-2010, 02:21 PM   #3
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When I did mine, I used the longest extension I could find in my dad's toolbox. It was like 2' long and made the job much easier.

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Old 12-28-2010, 03:30 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone. 13mm socket + 8" extension and an 8mm gear wrench was the ticket.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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just swapped batteries on my 2005
real tight, not a lot of room to get the fingers under it
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:02 PM   #6
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Hey there,

My ex just called me and says the VUE won't start. I'm assuming it's the battery since it's the original. I haven't peered under the hood on it since we went our separate ways a couple of years ago so I'd appreciate it if someone could remind me what tools I'll need. Is it just the usual 10mm bolt for the hold down and the terminals?

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Glad you got things all worked out...just wondering why you have to work on your EX'S vehicle? Do you have joint custody of the Vue or something,lol!

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Old 12-29-2010, 10:09 PM   #7
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Glad you got things all worked out...just wondering why you have to work on your EX'S vehicle? Do you have joint custody of the Vue or something,lol!
I used to work on my first ex's car ... until she got the restraining order.

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Old 12-31-2010, 11:39 PM   #8
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Honda Vue??? Although it is a Honda engine and transaxle, the V6 was designed and developed by GM.

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Honda Vue??? Although it is a Honda engine and transaxle, the V6 was designed and developed by GM.
...What? That makes no sense, and is wrong.

The engine is almost a direct copy of the engine used in the MDX, Ridgeline, Pilot, and Odyssey. Only minor changes between them. I'd be surprised if you couldn't swap the engine from one of those right in to the V6 Vues.

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Old 01-01-2011, 11:20 AM   #10
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I really dislike top terminal batteries!! I don't see a space issue with using the nice clean side terms that never get corroded or messed up.

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Old 01-01-2011, 11:28 AM   #11
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Glad you got things all worked out...just wondering why you have to work on your EX'S vehicle? Do you have joint custody of the Vue or something,lol!


The money will end up coming out of my pocket one way or another so I'd rather see it get fixed right. After all, my kids are usually riding in the back. Once the kids are not living with her anymore, she can drive and maintain a Yugo for all I care.

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Old 01-01-2011, 11:36 AM   #12
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...What? That makes no sense, and is wrong.

The engine is almost a direct copy of the engine used in the MDX, Ridgeline, Pilot, and Odyssey. Only minor changes between them. I'd be surprised if you couldn't swap the engine from one of those right in to the V6 Vues.
Yep, from sometime in 2004 until the redesign in 2008, V6 VUEs used a HONDA 3.5L engine. That's the ONLY reason I was willing to buy it. The engine and transmission have been a joy. The only fly in the ointment has been the cheesy AWD system which is a GM system...so I can't blame that on Honda. Fortunately, the truck is now in an area where that isn't much of a concern in the winter anymore. Previously, we lived in a somewhat rural area and I found it to be pretty worthless given the mileage penalty during the rest of the year.

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Old 01-05-2011, 10:14 PM   #13
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Yep, from sometime in 2004 until the redesign in 2008, V6 VUEs used a HONDA 3.5L engine. That's the ONLY reason I was willing to buy it. The engine and transmission have been a joy. The only fly in the ointment has been the cheesy AWD system which is a GM system...so I can't blame that on Honda. Fortunately, the truck is now in an area where that isn't much of a concern in the winter anymore. Previously, we lived in a somewhat rural area and I found it to be pretty worthless given the mileage penalty during the rest of the year.

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Do some research, Honda contracted with GM to design a V6 for them, If I remember correctly, they were after the VVT set up, and that is the only reason they used it in the VUE. Part of the negotiation. I have the opposite opinion on the vehicle though - the engine and trans are the majority of the problem with them. Yea the engine holds up pretty well but is a pain to work on. The trans is weak!

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Do some research, Honda contracted with GM to design a V6 for them, If I remember correctly, they were after the VVT set up, and that is the only reason they used it in the VUE. Part of the negotiation. I have the opposite opinion on the vehicle though - the engine and trans are the majority of the problem with them. Yea the engine holds up pretty well but is a pain to work on. The trans is weak!
No, this is 100% TOTALLY wrong. It's mind bogglingly wrong. The engine is a straight up Honda J35, built by Honda and sent to GM to install in the Vues. They traded these engines for Isuzu diesel engines.

I've found the engine easy to work on (considering that they stuffed a foreign engine into a small engine bay) and the transmission is really not that weak. The Honda part is MUCH better than the GM parts (crappy suspension, cheap interior, crappy wheel bearings, brakes, BCMs, pathetic seats, poorly designed RDm that they "fixed" to be ineffective... the list goes on).

I wouldn't have bought the Vue if it had a GM powertrain either. I won't own another GM product again, nor will any of my family.

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If they had an LS in the Vue, I'd have considered it. But then again, I doubt th Vue could hold up to an LS. And GM only was able to bolt a 4 speed up to its transverse LS4.

Though honestly, I don't think the LS engines are nay better than the other V8s out there. And the N*s weren't that great at all. And a GM V8 sure as heck wouldn't outweigh the downsides of owning another GM.

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No, this is 100% TOTALLY wrong. It's mind bogglingly wrong. The engine is a straight up Honda J35, built by Honda and sent to GM to install in the Vues. They traded these engines for Isuzu diesel engines.

I've found the engine easy to work on (considering that they stuffed a foreign engine into a small engine bay) and the transmission is really not that weak. The Honda part is MUCH better than the GM parts (crappy suspension, cheap interior, crappy wheel bearings, brakes, BCMs, pathetic seats, poorly designed RDm that they "fixed" to be ineffective... the list goes on).
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Me neither. I picked up an old S-series coup for my commuter mule, but I will NEVER buy another new GM car. If I ever buy another American car, it will probably be a Ford.

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To me the grass is still green on this side of the fence.
Meh, for that kinda money I'm going to get a used Maserati Gran Turismo, or a Jaguar XKR. Maybe once the epic depreciation hits and these are 30k with few miles on them. Otherwise, there's better options out there. Used ML63s, X5Ms, etc. offer a bit more space and the same blistering performance, but in their cases they're mind blowingly fast for an SUV. And have AWD, and enough ground clearance to not be stranded in a rainstorm or large puddle.

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Be a savvy consumer - so search the Ford forums for feed-back.

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