Reduced power/ Saturn vue


#1

Found a 03 vue with 3.0 V6 which has non-cvt trans. Seller says it won’t “drive”. Runs ok. Seller is only able to text now. Is at work. He thinks it is a throttle body issue which is common on these vues. The PCM is sensitive to drivability issues and the 4cyl/cvt vues were notorious for this limp mode. My question is, if trans does fail or a trans sensor detects issue, does the PCM display a reduced power light as a result? I can see vue tonight but want a little info prior to visit


#2

This is not a good used vehicle to buy. Save your money.


#3

Too many red flags right off the bat for me. I always buy used cars and I would avoid this one if it was my decision to make.


#4

Run. Fast. This has all the signs of a serious mistake.
Even new these were not stellar examples of reliability. 11 years old, used, and not in running order… DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!


#5

Had an 03 Vue, will not go near another. The V-6 and transmission in yours was supposed to be a Honda engine so maybe there’s hope but there are other problems. Mine used to try to sneak off the road so if you drink, don’t drive a Vue. Couldn’t stop the darn thing quickly enough to really be safe. Windshield goes way back and lets in too much light.


#6

! The 03 V6 is an Opel motor. The 04 had the Honda 3.5 motor. The 3.0 used a trans produced by Toyota. And it is very reliable. The 3.0 does have throttle body issues but it is easy to fix. The fact that the vue had 3 different motors made by 3 different companies leads to much confusion.