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Old 04-05-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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Well after my old Saturn that we bought used in 2000 (a 1995 SL1) was getting way too small to have two carseats in my husband broke down and bought me a 2005 Vue for our 5th anniversary. It is pretty much the standard automatic with the side curtain airbags (it was the only one on the lot with side airbags so that is why we bought it). The only thing I have noticed is that it is kind of sluggish. Because of the fact that I drove a little car before maybe I am just imagining it? It really doesn't need to be too peppy because I drive around two little ones under two years old (could not even imagine driving a minivan). Maybe I am just too used to being in a car. I really do love my Vue and my husband is even thinking that he may want one of his own (he has a Camry).
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:45 PM   #2
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I'm guessing you have the 4 cylinder automatic. Real nice powertrain choice. When I drove a 4 cylinder 5 speed manual, I didn't think it to be sluggish at all. Possibly yours might feel a bit 'draggy' because it is an automatic, and some might say the vue is too big for that engine.

I'm sure if you gunned it you'd be pleasantly surprised :-P

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Old 04-05-2005, 09:28 PM   #3
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Congratulations on the Vue! I hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed my '04. New cars have to break in just like new shoes. Give it few months and a few thousand miles for all the parts to loosen up, and you should get better performance and better gas mileage.

If you're concerned that something is wrong, there are a few tests you can do without even picking up a tool. While driving, cautiously relax your grip on the steering wheel to see if it pulls to either side. Since most roads slope slightly to the passenger side for water drainage the car should slowly pull toward the side of the road. If it pulls sharply, then you may have low tire pressure, bad alignment, or a mechanical problem. You can also try coasting. If the Vue slows suddenly when you let off the gas from highway speeds you may have something binding. After a drive, get out and cautiously hold your hand on each of the four wheels. The two front wheels should be slightly warmer than the backs, but none should be extremely hot. If they are, you may have dragging brakes or a bad bearing, especially if one wheel is dramatically different than the others. These tests won't pinpoint a problem, but they're always a good starting point.

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Thank you both. I really am happy with my Vue.
I did try the tests and there is defiantely nothing wrong. I was in a friend's suv and I really think that maybe I need to get used to driving a larger vehicle. It certainly has some kick when you need to pass... discovered that today.
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Thank you both. I really am happy with my Vue.
I did try the tests and there is defiantely nothing wrong. I was in a friend's suv and I really think that maybe I need to get used to driving a larger vehicle. It certainly has some kick when you need to pass... discovered that today.
Thanks again!

Congratulations! I hope for your sake that you got one of the properly-built VUE's that sometimes rolls off the line.

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