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Old 08-08-2008, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default 2003 saturn vue VTI transmission

Recently purhcased a 2003 saturn vue (from local saturn dealer) with only 28K miles, one previous owner. Car was in immaculate condition, back seat was never even sat in. Not knowing too much about saturns, I talked with the service manager and asked some questions about timing belts, etc. Not once was this issue with the VTI transmissions ever brought up. They even agreed to do a 30K complete service on the vehicle as part of the deal only to find out later that Saturn recommends a complete flush of the transmission with an additive at 30K for this transmission. That part of the service didn't happen. Car now has 31K miles on it and already have had to replace the battery, a solenoid switch in the steering column and yet another switch that had something to do with the brake lights ($475). In doing some research about these problems, I discovered all of the looming problems with the VTI transmission and the pending class action lawsuit. I feel really taken and now I don't know what to do because it is not a matter of if it is just when I can expect major problems to the tune of $6,000. I can either buy an extended warrantly on the transmission (around $1,700) or just sell the vehicle. That may be my best plan of action. Either way I'll never buy another Saturn!

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Old 08-08-2008, 01:05 PM   #2
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The highest failure rates for the VTi are in the AWD version. Less so in the FWD. There are some that will try to put the fear of God into you over the transmission but not all of them will fail, so the "it's not if, but when" arguement is more emotional than factual. In reality, no one but Saturn knows what the failure rate is. Most rational estimates put it at around 20 percent or so for the AWD version. I know this isn't exactly calming, but if you're not having a trans problem now, you're worrying about milk that has not even spilled.

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Old 08-08-2008, 01:15 PM   #3
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That is true...no problems yet and it is a FWD. Just reacting on alot of stuff that I've been told and read about. I've actually talked to the dealership about this and am hopeful that there will be some sort of compromise if there happens to be an impending problem. With my luck, I will be in that 20%!

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:26 PM   #4
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I know this isn't exactly calming, but if you're not having a trans problem now, you're worrying about milk that has not even spilled.
Tell that to the long list of folks who have reported failures here. At least you can sell the car without dumping another 5+K into it if the VTI hasn't yet failed. There is no way I'd advise someone to hang onto one of these things. It is an accident just waiting to happen. Sell it while you can, chalk it up to experience, and do more research next time.

I also got boned by Saturn's crappy AWD system for the same reason. I was lazy and didn't do any research before I bought it. Now, 2 years after the purchase it is worth less than half what I paid for it. Go Saturn....meh. Never again.

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Old 08-25-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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i have a 2003 saturn Vue FWD VTi trasnmission i think its going on sure i have 95000 miles on it and at stup lights it slams into the gear or from reverse to drive it will do it to is this a sign of it going

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Old 08-26-2009, 08:48 AM   #6
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Default Re: 2003 saturn vue VTI transmission

I could not live with a car that MIGHT have an issue that's SO very expensive to fix.

Won't a failure wipe out all the market value of the car? Why put $6K into a car whose
value is less than $6K?

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Old 08-26-2009, 09:13 AM   #7
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It is a shame that such a chronic problem is not addressed by Saturn and fixed properly. Overall the vehicle is a good car but the transimission makes it unreliable and no fix. Kills the value of the car. Other OEM would have fixed the transmission but Saturn is " a different car company"

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