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Old 12-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

This is the second time in about a year that my front sway bar snapped just to the outside of the bracket. The links are fine. This happpened when i rolled over a curb or went off onto the gravel road shoulder.

There is no sign of impact or corrsion. I have 61k on the car.

GM is out of stock for the bar and not saying when they will have more.

From other postings around the net i suspect there are issues with either material or design. I tried Addco and sent them a picture of the bar, but the tech guy thinks they can't make a replacement.

I am concerned about just trying to find a part from a yard.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-06-2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

First I've heard of it.

Can you host the pic somewhere and share it with the forum?

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Old 12-07-2011, 09:05 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

This has happened to me twice now. At first i suspected that it was corrosion, as this happened to me when I slowly rolled off a curb onto the street but there was no sign of rust or corrosion etc. At first I purchased the sway bar from my local chevy dealership, but the second time I ordered it on ebay. That would probably be your best bet too.

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Old 12-07-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

Attached are pics of my broken front swaybar for my 2007 vue... The good news (fingers crossed), is that I have a green light from Addco in North Carolina to send them the pieces so they can see if they can bend this shape.

The contact person is John Wright 800.338.7015 . If you have the same problem and suspect faulty parts you should think about getting in on this project!

Shouldn't some of the GM bailout money be paying for this?


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Old 12-07-2011, 02:08 PM   #5
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First I've heard of it.

Can you host the pic somewhere and share it with the forum?
Pics posted below.....

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Old 12-07-2011, 02:11 PM   #6
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Can you share what led you to believe there was an issue to even make you look? Noise, feel?

Makes me want to crawl under my Vue with 125k to take a look!

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Old 12-07-2011, 02:24 PM   #7
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Both of my breakage incidents happened after minor events: 1. U turning on a two lane paved country road with the outside wheel crossing over the gravel shoulder. 2. Right wheel dropped off curb when leaving parking lot. Loud pop both times with dangling end then hitting wheel.. You will know when this happens.

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Old 12-07-2011, 03:20 PM   #8
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Both of my breakage incidents happened after minor events: 1. U turning on a two lane paved country road with the outside wheel crossing over the gravel shoulder. 2. Right wheel dropped off curb when leaving parking lot. Loud pop both times with dangling end then hitting wheel.. You will know when this happens.
Thanks.I've offroaded with this before, so i wouldn't of even heard anything. I checked mine out and it's fine Thanks for making me aware of something like this though, mine still has an unknown creak in the front end.Happened day after I sprayed the POR15 undercoating. Stuff dries hard as a rock, may of sprayed over bushings or something.

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:40 PM   #9
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...That's exactly where mine broke also , right after the frame mount, turning right out of a parking lot with a dip and then snap . My bar was still like new with no rust. Cost was around 100 bucks for the bar from GM, and I had them put it in [ I have AWD] ,otherwise it would have gone in easy doing it myself. Last winter it was done, DC

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:36 PM   #10
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...That's exactly where mine broke also , right after the frame mount, turning right out of a parking lot with a dip and then snap . My bar was still like new with no rust. Cost was around 100 bucks for the bar from GM, and I had them put it in [ I have AWD] ,otherwise it would have gone in easy doing it myself. Last winter it was done, DC
Broken stab-bar just isn't right ... curious if you had original end-links? I might start shopping for a wimpy version of those things ... don't want to be changing no sway-bar.

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Old 12-15-2011, 07:11 PM   #11
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...Yup , original endlinks , actually put them back in when done installing the bar last year, DC

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Old 12-21-2011, 08:21 PM   #12
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Mine just broke last week as well. I turned right on a paved road that had a very slight dip, and it snapped. I even called nationwide Saturn Customer Service to get more info on the part not being manufactured at this time. They gave me the date of Dec 28 that they might have some word on the GM review of the part - and this info actually came from one of the dealers I contacted that Saturn followed up with. I ended up having to get a salvage yard part that I know will end up breaking, in hopes that they will get the problem corrected after this review. Let me know what Addco says about yours - I might just send my old one in before the salvage part breaks. I found the part through a local salvage yard that did a nationwide search for me, as there were none available in my state.

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:20 PM   #13
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Count another snapped sway bar...happened to me last night.

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #14
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Default Re: 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

I sent my sway bar pieces into ADDC0. They said their bending machine couldn't make the tight bends needed for this part.

I've sort of forgotten about the whole thing and frankly haven't noticed anything in the handling that makes me even think about it.

Forgetting is sure a lot easier than repairing....

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:54 PM   #15
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My first thought about GM not having them in stock, is to wonder if this is so common of a break that they can't keep up with the demand.

Someone with this problem needs to report this to the NHTSA.

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Are all the broken sway bars from 2007 VUE's?

Probably a manufacturing problem...

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Default Re: 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

2007 Saturn Vue 85K miles. Front sway bar broke on me two days ago turning out of a parking lot with hardly any dip whatsoever.

Anyone had any luck trying to find these? I'm sure the mechanic will try to stick me, so I'm hoping I can find the parts online somewhere. Also, any idea of how long it should take to replace the bar?

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and now I want to go check my sway bar....

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Default Re: 2007 saturn vue 3.5 L broken front sway bar

Mechanic quoted me $850. I asked what made up the price and he said the sway bar was going to be $375.00 the rest would be labor. Does that sound high?

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