2008 Saturn VUE User Reviews

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    2008 Saturn VUE XR V6 AWD Review
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    For The Most Part I Will Give It A Thumbs Up, But For My Next Car I Am Looking To Change Some Of My — Cons: Accelleration is impressive for the weight of the vehicle, maintenance is pretty standard, the tranny goes out, but GM covers it to 120k now. For the most part this is a good vehicle for someone with a short commute that wants the added vehicle height for seeing over snowbanks, other cars. For the most part the AWD system will get you where you want when dealing with snow, and off roading where you don't have to do major hill climbs. Has a lot of features at a low price, like AWD, vehicle stability assist, fog lights, dimming rear view mirror, heated seats. Decent cargo room for items that are tall and you wouldn't be able to fit in the trunk of a car. Supposibly it has good safety and with the weight I would think it would crush the other car you get in an accident with. Looks are great I feel, still holds up around 2015 vehicles. Pros: Car weighs a lot and I think this hurts it both in the handling and gas mileage. Gas mileage is poor, was getting 20.5 mpg average with 75% highway when purchased in 2012, but recently have been getting worse. I will check it again today and maybe update mpg here. Again handling there is quite a lot of body roll when cornering, similar vehicles in 2015 will blow this vehicle away in the corners. In the winter every once in a while you will lose your stability track, traction control, ABS, and possibly AWD(can't really tell), haven't figured out why yet, to reset it, just turn the vehicle off open and close the drivers door and wait for vehicle interior lights to shutoff before restarting the vehicle. So an annoyance. Transmission 3-5-R waveplate goes out, but now GM is covering that for 120k or 10 years whichever comes first. For the size of this vehicle the cargo room is low, and you really feel that when going on a camping trip or other trip. Also rear seat room is small only really comfortable for small kids. Front room feels small too and seat bottoms are short, so you feel like too much of your legs stick off. The front seats don't bother me much but its worth noting for others. The rear bumper there is no protector over the top of it to keep it from getting knicked or scratched when cargo is removed or put in the vehicle, and it is a curved surface so there is really no add on you can put on there. On the front bumber is this black drop down air dam piece to help get the vehicle more MPG, only issue is, if you go offroading, it is going to get banged up and even on some high curbs this part will bottom out on when parking, bad design in my eye and how much MPG do you really save from this? I'm guessing minimal. The hitch that comes on my vehicle is a Class 2, with the trailering package. With a car with so much power, you would think they would have done a class 3 offering. Yet the chassis and the tranny wouldn't be able to handle the upper weights of a class 3. So, I think they put a class 2 just to make sure no idiot would dammage their vehicle. If you do opt to replace the class 2 with a class 3 hitch be aware that the tongue weight can still only handle 450 lbs based on the vehicle chassis and pull weight of 3500 lbs. Therefore I can only see one reason to really upgrade the hitch on this vehicle and that would be in order to be able to buy one of those bike racks with a hitch on it that allows you to pull a very small trailer at the same time. When temperatures fall below 45F, I notice my front shocks start squaking, I have looked up there and found that there is a plastic shock guard that appears to fall off probably when temps. are high in the summer and that is what I think is making most of the noise. If you pull it back down over the shock the noise is much less. I may cable tie it this fall, but I'm guessing if the noise bothers you you will want to at least pull that down every year in the late fall. I feel a lot of vehicle flex in the rear and there is some noise that goes along with things moving back there, doesn't seem to be too big of a deal for me, just that they could have made an overall stiffer chassis I think. Vehicle depreciation, I guess its domestic, what more can I say. AWD system, this system is a reactive system, where the vehicle runs in FWD mode until there is slippage up front at any tire and then a magnetic clutch applies some power to the rear end. I will tell you with experience you do not want to go offroading following your friends subaru to anywere he goes, because getting back is going to be much harder for you especially on the hill climbs. I've even had some trouble just going up my snow covered driveway with this system when the snow gets deeper. Yet, even though this system is inferior to Subarus it is much better than just a FWD vehicle.

    Pros: Acceleration is impressive for the weight of the vehicle,
    Maintenance is pretty standard,
    Tranny covered for 120k/10yr. now.
    Nice looking
    SUV
    Visability
    Vehicle Stability Assist

    Cons: AWD inadequate
    Car weight
    MPG not very good
    Handling not so good
    Issue losing traction control, ABS, stabilitrack
    Transmission 3-5-R waveplate will go out (Again GM covering it)
    Cargo room low
    small front seats
    little rear passenger room
    No rear bumper cargo protector
    Front bumber piece comes low to ground
    Tongue weight for towing should be more
    Rear of chassis too flexible
    Front shocks squeak at temps. below 45F
    Vehicle depreciation

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    2008 Saturn VUE Review
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    185

    Reliable Vehicle — its great, mine is fully loaded and the amemnities are great, heated seats , sunroof, all power, the cargo in the back is great, has a pull up handle that folds our three baskets you can use to seperate your groceries, quite useful if you don't want your items all over the back of your car...you never know!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: great car, traveled far and wide in it and never had a problem up to 96,000 miles and its still a great car

    Cons: the brakes constantly squeal , always have, even after changing

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    2008 Saturn VUE XE Review
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    I have not taken possession of the Saturn yet. It received some minor damage on the car lot and is in repair. I did however test drive the vehicle and enjoyed it so much I purchased it. Of course it is not as sporty as the Kia but it is a good, solid car. A six cylinder would have probably been a better choice for me. Still, Im quite happy with my purchase. The interior is roomy and comfortable. The value is definitely there. The handling is good but definitely an suv. My dog went on the test drive and he gave it two paws up.
    Power Ranked 2016 Kia Forte EX better.
    "Less weight. More aerodynamic. "
    Back Seats Ranked 2016 Kia Forte EX better.
    "The comfort and the way the seats conform to your bum."

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2009 Saturn VUE Reviews

    Fine By Maxcurse

    This car drives well and has very good pick up for a four cylinder. Economy is just so so! We had a problem with the a/c and now there is a coolant leak; however, there have not been any other proble... Read More

    I Think The Experience Was Great By scorpion66

    I disliked the seating in the car was very uncomfortable to ride in for long periods of timeThe cargo space is too small to haul anything, the gas mileage in the 3.5 v6 too much for the car and there... Read More

    2007 Saturn VUE Reviews

    Vue Red Line By dtrackman

    Long term reliability. Spacious rear seat for a mid size SUV. Red Line version has great handling, hugging curves without throwing you around. The gas mileage is adequate. Great pickup and go on... Read More

    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

    2006 Saturn VUE Reviews

    Saturn Vue Family Transportation. By Julie

    This has been a good family transportation for years. It has begun to show it age. It will not tow even with a v6 and automatic transmission. Would really like to get it back to normal running conditi... Read More

    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

    2005 Saturn VUE Reviews

    2005 Saturn Vue By amaranth

    This was the first car I bought myself, and I have never regretted it. Bought it used with about 30k miles, it's up to about 150k now and while I have had to put some money into it on routine repairs,... Read More

    Great, Composit Body Panels Still Looked New After 10 Years. By rayjr14

    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 truck... Read More

    2004 Saturn VUE Reviews

    My 2004 Saturn Vue Is Awesome!! By mermichele1

    Overall, there's really nothing I don't like about my 2004 Saturn Vue. I especially like how my car has quick pick up from a stopped position at a red light to a green light. No hesition. If someone a... Read More

    A Good Little Commuter To Work By Grim618

    A good little suv for in town riding maybe a little dirt rode riding but any off reading is out of the question better off walking or u wish u did after bouncing around in the cab for a while Read More

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