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Old 08-20-2018, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default Is my Vue (2004 manual) toast? Ack!

Hey folks, long-time lurker here.

My Saturn Vue (2004, manual) with just shy of 160k was making a strange noise at speed -- brought it in for an assessment -- and the results were sad (and expensive).

GM dealership stated the following:
* Transaxle assembly needs replacing (?!)
* Left front hub bearing needs replacing (...)
* Right intermediate shaft needs replacing (ugh.)

I'm not a mechanic, nor do I really know what the hell is going on under the hood. I *DO* know that I love my Saturn, and I'd like this little fella to last longer than what is likely realistic.

What should I do? Gather a second opinion? Costs put the repairs at around $4k, which forces my hand to say goodbye really... but could there be another option?

I'm open to any thoughts / suggestions / feedback. Again, not a car guy... just love my Saturn. Thanks,

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Old 08-20-2018, 04:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is my Vue (2004 manual) toast? Ack!

Do you have a local (non-dealership) mechanic? I'd let them look at it and give you a price before you made any decisions. Seems strange that all 3 of those just happen to be bad at the same time.

The dealer wanted to rip my transmission apart cause it was tough to shift - I was there for a complimentary oil change and figured I'd inquire while I was there...I'm glad I decided to get another opinion as my regular (non-dealer) mechanic who I've been going to for years said the real fix was replacing the shifter cables...just my example - saved me a ton of $ and fixed the problem.

Get a 2nd opinion from a trusted mechanic.

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Old 08-20-2018, 04:18 PM   #3
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You need a second opinion..

You probably need front bearings, very common. I recommend doing both sides.. ($35 each plus labor) Can be a real %^&*&^% to replace.

You probably need the right side drive shaft intermediate bearing, again, very common ($10 plus labor).

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Originally had 2.2L and Auto trans.

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Old 08-21-2018, 02:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: Is my Vue (2004 manual) toast? Ack!

I would stay away from car dealership shops. They will charge a premium per hour labor rate. Try to find an independent mechanic where you can order the parts online and they will agree to install the parts for you, essentially you'll be paying only for their labor.

When buying parts from dealerships, the dealership is making a profit on the parts as well. You can find parts relatively cheaper from online parts vendors. I get all my parts from rockauto.

With that said, I would recommend you try to get your feet wet and do the work yourself. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube showing you how to do x job. As long as you have the willingness to learn and are open to buying quality tools for the job, you will save a lot of money in the long run.

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Old 09-10-2018, 06:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Is my Vue (2004 manual) toast? Ack!

Sorry for the delayed response -- have been travelling for work. I appreciate the feedback and encouragement for a 2nd opinion -- I've scheduled a consult with someone who's been recommended to me in the area to see what they say.

I'll keep you posted if it's wildly different than the initial estimate (I hope so)! Cheers,

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