2005 Saturn VUE User Reviews

2005 Saturn VUE Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 12 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"storage" 6 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"rattle" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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2005 Saturn VUE V6 AWD Review
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Great power, could beat nearly anything from Mustangs to the Porsche Cayenne, had the Honda 3.5L V6, yes Honda! Great fuel economy, between 26-32 MPG HWY, 23 MPG combined. Smooth and responsive steering with electronic steering system.

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Extremely cheap, low build quality on nearly every part of the vehicle except engine.
Bad rear-ends differentials,
Dirt cheap interior, everything you touch falls apart
Noisy ride
Looks pretty goofy.

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Large Flying Piece Of Tupperware — I purchased this vehicle, believing it would have been a reliable vehicle, while achieving great fuel economy. Well, I am glad that Saturn has stopped manufacturing vehicles! My VUE was only nice for the first month of ownership, always did have great power, 250 horses from the stock V-6, so glad it was a Honda motor, not a GM motor! It always got great fuel economy, 30+MPG highway! The transmission was defective since I first bought it, the torque converter always had issues, finally after a few years of ownership, GM recalled the junker, and had it fixed. The rear differential failed at 92,000 miles, the drivers heated seat failed after 2 months of ownership, the leather seats seemed fake, like they were plastic. The front seats were too short for your butt and legs, and the rear seats were very hard, and cheap feeling. Parts of the dash would flake off just by rubbing your fingers across it, every part of the interior rattled especially when in the winter. The 6 disc CD Changer was awesome, until it broke when it was only 2 years old. The Sun/Moon-roof was cool, yet always leaked when it would rain, unless you flicked the switch a few times because it never closed completely. The AWD system was a complete joke! It would always be front wheel drive, until it would detect it was spinning out, sometimes taking up to 10 seconds before slamming the rear wheels into action, causing the vehicle to swerve, and it was a very noisy system. It did get me through snow about 5" deep on a mountain pass, it was scary, however it got me through it. I really strongly urge you to stay away from any GM product, after owning this piece of junk, never again will I purchase a GM EVER! I will stick to Chrysler, and Ford for american vehicles. I still have a '97 Dodge Dakota V-8 with 231,000 miles, and had a 2000 Grand Cherokee that lasted 316,000miles they both will go through anything, and where ever I want them to go, and has never ever broke down, nor has either needed any major work. The Dakota just loves its gas, but I would much rather spend money on fuel, and know I am going to get to my destination, than not have to spend much money, and be constantly worried about if it is going to fall apart. I would strongly suggest the Ford Edge if you are looking for a cross-over vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lee writes:
2005 Saturn VUE Base Review
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Great handling.  Excellent sound system.  Great cargo space.   Seats were EASY to "fold flat". Interior is stylish and functional with all imortant controls within EASY reach of the driver's seat!

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Suspension is very tight.  

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I Love This Suv! — The first time I drove this SUV I was in love with it. Mine is a 5 speed manual transmission and it shifts beautifully. This replaced a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 door that died at 72000 Miles.

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wca writes:
2005 Saturn VUE V6 AWD Review
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4

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awd, fuel efficient, heated seats, plenty of power

Cons

can only fit 5 people

wca
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Impressed — good overall suv, cannot beat it for the money, has the features similar to those of more value, fuel efficient, the awd system isn't something you want to rock climb with but its suitable for rainy/wintery weather, sounds good, feels good

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Paul writes:
2005 Saturn VUE V6 AWD Review
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Roomy
Powerful
Smooth

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None

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Dependable And Roomy — This is actually the first NEW car I've ever purchased, and it is by far my favorite... maybe for that reason. Being a rather large (read fat) man, I have few choices for vehicles to fit into. This fits with room to spare. Smooth and powerful to drive, yet doesn't suck down the gas as quickly as expected. With gas prices as they are, maybe the hybrid version would have been a better value, if it had been available in '05. I hear that the '06 version is even better, but I'll stick with this one.

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Aaron writes:
2005 Saturn VUE Base Review
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Inexpensive, Reliable Drivetrain, Adequate Power, Guages look cool

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Interior feels cheap, rattles. Electronic power steering too sensitive at speed.

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Gets The Job Done — This is a FWD with the Eco-Tech 4 Cylinder Engine. While it won't burn up the road, the engine has adequate power for everyday driving. Gas mileage is good for a vehicle its size at 23mpg in town and 28mpg on the highway. Interior is spacious, and the fold down rear seats are nice. Interior trim feels cheap and has occasional rattle issues. Stock Bridgestone tires were terrible in the rain, hydroplaned all the time. Have since replaced with Toyo Eclipse tires which are a HUGE improvement. The electronic power steering is nice in parking lots, but is too sensitive at speed. Overall its been a reliable and comfortable vehicle, it doesn't excel at anything but doesn't really suck at anything either.

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rayjr14 writes:
2005 Saturn VUE Base Review
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I had originally leased the VUE but liked it so much I kept it for ten years. Still going strong when I sold it.

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Back wiper motor.

rayjr14
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Great, Composit Body Panels Still Looked New After 10 Years. — Easy for car seat use, being a do-it-yourselfer I carried a lot when all seats went flat. Very comfortable and peppy. I always had a sports car and a truck, I liked this SUV much better than the trucks that I had.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Greyson writes:
2005 Saturn VUE V6 AWD Review
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I love this car.  It handles great, it loves to get up and go, and it fits everyone inside comfortably.

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With all the great things about it, something has to be sacrificed, that was gas mileage.

Greyson
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I Love It! — The SUV handled great, hugged the road really well for an SUV. I loved feeling the power of the V6 when I would pass someone, and I never had to worry about excelerating up hill and losing power. No blind spots that I ever noticed. Good braking, safe family car, and just fun to drive.

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mart75 writes:
2005 Saturn VUE V6 Review
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More power than I ever thought possible in a gas-sipping family car
All the "extras" in an affordable package

Cons

Gets tight with three small children (multiple carseats)

mart75
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"total Package" For Middle Class Family — Liked everything - fuel economy, zip, reliability, affordability, everything. Silver is a great color for any vehicle, too - very "sleek" and doesn't show dirt. Unfortunately, needed to upgrade to vehicle with third row to accommodate a growing family. We are selling reluctantly. Really. LOVED this vehicle in every way.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Artgn writes:
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Gas saver, great handling and very spacious inside.

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It has great power, but i wish it was faster

Artgn
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Saturn Vue - Great Comfort And Amazing Gas Savings! — This car is very durable, affordable to maintain and to operate. They seem to last forever, we don’t spend a lot of time or money to upkeep the car, yet it always looks good and performs great. Very reliable, comfortable and rides very smooth. We lobve it!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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David writes:
2005 Saturn VUE V6 Review
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Nice features for the price - tight ride!

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None so far...

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Great Family/utility/all-around Functional Vehicle — We were impressed by the features for the price - having a five member famiy limits our vehicle options to larger vehicles for comfort and carrying capacity, and the Saturn VUE is a nice hybrid of passenger and cargo space without sacrificing comfort and fuel economy... love the leather seats and sunroof too!

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2009 Saturn VUE Reviews

I Think The Experience Was Great By scorpion66

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2008 Saturn VUE Reviews

Pleasant Smaller Suv By robh693

We bought this vehicle with 38,000 miles. Ride is somewhat buoyant and acceleration with the 2.4 Ecotec is just adequate. Fuel mileage is good: 22 around town, 26 highway. Noise inside the cabin can... Read More

Looks Good But The Longer You Own It The More Problems. By Kevin

As soon as the warranty runs out then the car will stop working. Be prepared to spend a extra 4500 on your car sticker price to replace the transmission. Maybe there is a reason the company went out ... Read More

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2007 Saturn VUE Reviews

Exceeds Our Needs. By Gary

We tow it behind a 37 foot motorhome and have been very pleased with its capabilities. It has the power and space required to meet our needs. The hybrid function works very well and I am impressed wi... Read More

Amazing Car By dtrina

I love this car. The sound system is good. The fuel economy is great and it has a lot of power to it. It is really nice looking and very nice on the inside. Big enough for a family of five. Read More

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2006 Saturn VUE Reviews

Best Tow-behind Vehicle If You Can Find One. By MarcyJA1

Looked all over for this car before purchasing used. Only THREE in the entire country were available at the time (in black, sunroof, leather seats). Flew to Florida to purchase sight unseen and drov... Read More

All Around Great Little Suv By BlondeRocket42

My Vue is a Red Line edition...different wheels, suede seats...V6 fwd. We've taken it cross-country numerous times...it handled us plus all of our treasures. We got side-swiped at Mount Rushmore in 2... Read More

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2004 Saturn VUE Reviews

Nice Car By dcjeepers007

Overall really quick and responsive. Has plenty of room. nice sun roof ! Nice SUV ... First Saturn surprised at quality over all. Really a lot of car . Really surprised at the condition being so ... Read More

Great Car That Puts The Utility In Suv! By ncdiscountcars

The functionality of the AWD V6 Saturn Vue is nothing short of amazing. It gives the versatility of an AWD utility vehicle without the over-the-top size that makes you feel as though you are driving a... Read More

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