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Old 03-14-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Reliability Concerns - fact or fiction

Hi Folks,

I have been reading threads from this site for several years and this is my first posting. I do not own a Saturn, but I have always wanted to own a Vue, so reading about your experiences has been kind of fun... in a weird way. I am now at the point where I can seriously consider purchasing a new vehicle, and I am still reluctant to purchase a Vue because of reliability concerns.

Compared with other smaller SUV's (Rav4 and Forester), do you believe that the Vue is a better buy? Not just in terms of dollars spent today, but in overall ownership and satisfaction, i.e. time in for repairs, build quality, materials, resale, etc...

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Old 03-14-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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I personally think that any new VUE will be just about as reliable as the competitors. Most of the VUE problem areas have been addressed for recent model years.

If you want a used one I think 2004+ (non-VTi) VUEs are very reliable.

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Old 03-14-2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Reliability Concerns - fact or fiction

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Hi Folks,

I have been reading threads from this site for several years and this is my first posting. I do not own a Saturn, but I have always wanted to own a Vue, so reading about your experiences has been kind of fun... in a weird way. I am now at the point where I can seriously consider purchasing a new vehicle, and I am still reluctant to purchase a Vue because of reliability concerns.

Compared with other smaller SUV's (Rav4 and Forester), do you believe that the Vue is a better buy? Not just in terms of dollars spent today, but in overall ownership and satisfaction, i.e. time in for repairs, build quality, materials, resale, etc...
I love my '04 V6. In 21K miles, the only issues besides regular service was a rear wheel bearing, strut mount and a faulty BCM, all replaced under warranty.

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Old 03-14-2006, 02:40 PM   #4
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Default Re: Reliability Concerns - fact or fiction

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Hi Folks,

I have been reading threads from this site for several years and this is my first posting. I do not own a Saturn, but I have always wanted to own a Vue, so reading about your experiences has been kind of fun... in a weird way. I am now at the point where I can seriously consider purchasing a new vehicle, and I am still reluctant to purchase a Vue because of reliability concerns.

Compared with other smaller SUV's (Rav4 and Forester), do you believe that the Vue is a better buy? Not just in terms of dollars spent today, but in overall ownership and satisfaction, i.e. time in for repairs, build quality, materials, resale, etc...
Just stay away from the VTi and you shouldn't have major issues. There are a few nagging quality issues, but nothing that's major IMO.

The imports own Saturn when it comes to build quality, materials, and resale. The 2006 VUE has a nicer interior, but before that (including my 03) you can tell they cheaped out on just about everything. Resale also sucks compared to a Honda or Yota, but that's why I bought mine used.

I'm very happy with my car, but I'm under no delusions of it being the best out there in its class.

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Old 03-14-2006, 02:46 PM   #5
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Other than the Vti drivetrain I feel the Vue is a better "buy"

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Old 03-14-2006, 05:19 PM   #6
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The '06 is a beautiful machine. I hadn't really considered one in past years because they never really impressed me that much. When I first saw the '06 last summer I fell in love.

I recommend the V6 if it's in your budget.

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:29 PM   #7
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Default Re: Reliability Concerns - fact or fiction

It really a simple matter of personal observation...when is the last time YOU saw one sitting on the side of the road or being towed behind a wrecker?

It also becomes a matter of what "reliability" means to you. The "annoying noise" and "squeak and rattle" crowd will have more "problems" with ANY vehicle made by ANY manufacturer than those with more realistic expectations will.

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:57 PM   #8
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the wife's '05 has been great.......bottom line, ANY vehicle could be a PITA, as I've seen issues with BMW's, Mercedes, you name it

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Old 03-14-2006, 09:06 PM   #9
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If you cant stand looking at the thing I dont care how reliable the thing is why would you want to own it. The Hyundai Santa fe has a great warranty and a good track record,but I would of rather paid and extra $1200.00 for my warranty than have to look at that Hyundai puss everyday.Same with Rav 4 and CRV.I know I would rip that silly spare tire off the rear door.Its just plain ugly.The VUE will not leave you stranded on some highway someplace,all the issues of older models have been for the most part addressed. IMO its the biggest, prettiest mini SUV out there.Its still plastic so in a few years you wont have to have it painted because of all the dents and chips that you have accumilated from follow drivers and their children at the shopping malls.Take the plung,you will be glad you did.

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Old 03-14-2006, 10:23 PM   #10
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2004 V6 AWD (Mine): 51,000 miles and happy. My only issues have been brakes. I am about to change my pads and rotors for the second time. I do tow and take it through mud quite a bit though. It is also my first automatic...so it may be just me. My Vue is treated like a truck.

2003 V6 AWD (Girlfriend): 71,000 miles and happy. Nothing but oil and filter changes. She is on her second set of tires. Everything else is original. Though her rear windshield whiper motor may be on its way out. Her Vue is treated like a car.

Both Vues squeak and moan ocasionaly. Nothing too bad though.

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Old 03-15-2006, 09:10 AM   #11
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The "annoying noise" and "squeak and rattle" crowd will have more "problems" with ANY vehicle made by ANY manufacturer than those with more realistic expectations will.
That's bull****. I love my VUE, but no other $20K new car squeaks, rattles & and clunks like my VUE.

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Old 03-15-2006, 09:26 AM   #12
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Hi Folks,

I have been reading threads from this site for several years and this is my first posting. I do not own a Saturn, but I have always wanted to own a Vue, so reading about your experiences has been kind of fun... in a weird way. I am now at the point where I can seriously consider purchasing a new vehicle, and I am still reluctant to purchase a Vue because of reliability concerns.

Compared with other smaller SUV's (Rav4 and Forester), do you believe that the Vue is a better buy? Not just in terms of dollars spent today, but in overall ownership and satisfaction, i.e. time in for repairs, build quality, materials, resale, etc...
My last car was a Subaru Forester. While the Vue has some advantages (larger interior, back windows go all the way down, better price, more features) the Subie had a tighter feel to it and I had less small annoying problems (sway bars, RDM, brakes, broken glove box, washer nozzles, VTi worries). So while I like my Vue, the little problems have been annoying.

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Old 03-15-2006, 12:42 PM   #13
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My last car was a Subaru Forester. While the Vue has some advantages (larger interior, back windows go all the way down, better price, more features) the Subie had a tighter feel to it and I had less small annoying problems (sway bars, RDM, brakes, broken glove box, washer nozzles, VTi worries). So while I like my Vue, the little problems have been annoying.
I agree. It is not that VUE is unreliable, it is annoying.

I would stay away from it. In 2008 when my lease is up I am getting either a Subaru Outback or a RAV4. I am tired of little irritating squeaks, rattles and vibrations. I am sure 2008 VUE will be impeccable but I feel like I need to teach GM a lesson.

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Old 03-15-2006, 01:59 PM   #14
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I love my '04 V6. In 21K miles, the only issues besides regular service was a rear wheel bearing, strut mount and a faulty BCM, all replaced under warranty.
That's a lot of problems. A faulty BCM is the equivalent of say, a warped cylinder head if you had owned the car back in the 70s.

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Old 03-15-2006, 02:15 PM   #15
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My first Vue which was an '03 AWD V6 had every "known" Vue problem under the sun and then some (wiper nozzles, noisy gear in steering column, warped rotors, faulty throttle body, etc.), but it did not discourage me from trading it in for an '06 AWD V6 last August.

Nearly 8 months and just over 11,000 miles, I haven't had one problem with my '06. I'll fess up that it creaks a bit now and then, but I'm not one to be bothered by that. I love the look and style of my Vue inside and out, the gas mileage may not be spectacular, but it's respectable, the handling is great, it has power, it's been very reliable, and I'm sure I could go on and on.

The only other SUV I would consider purchasing, had I not gotten a Vue, would have been the Volkswagen Touareg, however as it's more than twice the price of my Vue and certainly out of my current budget, I'm a proud Vue owner instead.

So, in short, buy a Vue now!

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We've had our 05' V6AWD Vue for 8 months and has a 'whopping' 6k miles and it runs tip top. I just loaded it with approx. 60 2x4's - 84" long. Put the seats down and a blanket over the seats. I couldn't close the gate because my seat was set to far back but it still drove great. I'm using the "U" in my SUV.

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My 2004 VUE, 5 speed 4 cyl with 12,000 miles is a very nice vehicle.
It is reliable, looks great, runs great and I am happy with it.

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Old 03-15-2006, 03:19 PM   #18
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I agree. It is not that VUE is unreliable, it is annoying.

I would stay away from it. In 2008 when my lease is up I am getting either a Subaru Outback or a RAV4. I am tired of little irritating squeaks, rattles and vibrations. I am sure 2008 VUE will be impeccable but I feel like I need to teach GM a lesson.
yeah, I'm sure they'll be hurt when you leave...
anyway, my '04 VUE doesn't rattle (unless you count all my wife's craft show stuff in the back), and after 22K miles, NO issues at all. the the b'stones still have good tread on 'em. I just changed the oil yesterday and after 4K since the last change (yes, I know, late but we were busy), it came out golden still. the doors close with a good solid euro 'thunk', it's fun to drive and good on gas. I do drive it hard at times, too. it's little ECOTEC is very familiar w/ it's redline. great little car, IMO.

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Old 03-15-2006, 04:36 PM   #19
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For the price the VUE is an adequate vehicle.
Having bought mine new but at a $4500 discount. I’m reasonably happy with it.

The postings on wheel bearing and rotor warping together with my own experience of passenger side front end clunks would probably influence me not to buy another. I don’t think a vehicle which has been in production for a few years should still have niggling problems. They should be fixed in the first year or two of production. As I usually only buy a new car every 10 years this probably won’t keep any GM executives up at night.

However my wife is in the market for a small SUV and is going for the V6 269HP RAV4 at less than $24,000 according to the web site, hopefully after waiting for the 2nd year of production for the new design.

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That's a lot of problems. A faulty BCM is the equivalent of say, a warped cylinder head if you had owned the car back in the 70s.
Nah, was really not an issue. The dome light along with the power locks would go off from time to time while driving. And what I mean from time to time was two or three times in total over six months.

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