Thinking about 2003 VUE V6 automatic

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by Ham Radio U.S.A., Jan 17, 2006.

  1. Looking at a 03 VUE with 17,000 miles any comments...positive or
    negative, any recalls ??
    Input appreciated
    Bruce in West Central Florida
    Ham Radio U.S.A., Jan 17, 2006
  2. Ham Radio U.S.A.

    blah blah Guest

    IMO Negative,
    V6 = timing BELT.
    V6 = buried water pump.
    V6 = extra labor cost.
    V6 = Less than stellar gas mileage.

    The 4 cylinder Ecotec is more than enough of an engine for Florida.

    Alldata will show you TSB and Recall titles, details you pay for.
    blah blah, Jan 17, 2006
  3. Ham Radio U.S.A.

    marx404 Guest

    2002 - 2003 VUEs used a variation of the Caddilac Catera V6 engine 183hp,
    which is a variation of what Saturn also used in the L300 series. It uses a
    teflon reinforced timing belt, supposedly with a life of 100K miles (or
    more). Unfortunately, although this is actually a good engine, it lacked in
    the same horsepower and was was noisier than the latter V6 which can be
    found in the 2004 and up V6 VUE. The newer engine, which is a Honda SOHC
    variation of the Pilot engine built especially for the VUE is 250hp, ULEV
    compliant, better on gas mileage 20mpg city and 28mpg hwy and exceptionally
    A superior engine in comparison.

    The ecotec 2.2 liter in the VUE 4 cyl is also great and very reliable and
    will give you plenty of hp, especially if in use in flat land as in FL.
    Manual trans will yield better performance with the Sport II suspension.
    2006 4cyl auto models have done away with the old VTI belt transmissions
    (2005 and older) and gone to a variation of a newer hydromatic type auto
    trans, which is more reliable, faster and quieter.

    Hope that helps, I know it's alot.
    marx404, Jan 18, 2006
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