Thinking about buying a VUE...and comments?

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by skittish, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. skittish

    skittish Guest

    My husband and I are thinking about buying a VUE... not sure whether we
    will go for a brand new one or try to find a previously owned one. We
    already have a 2000 LS sedan and are pretty happy with it. Any comments out
    there? Good or bad welcome.
    skittish, Apr 12, 2004
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    misterfact Guest

    We purchased a brand new 04 Saturn vue. Quickly our new car experience
    went sour.

    One week after we made the purchase, we noticed the back cargo light
    casing was just hanging off and not attached. So we made a call to
    take it in and have that fixed. While waiting for our repair
    appointment to have the cargo light attached, the CD player ate and
    refused to give back my CD and I also noticed a rattle in the dash
    board AND the far right dash board lights had quit. So, when we
    finally took it in for it?s first set of repairs (with in 7 days after
    it?s purchase), the stereo had to be replaced, the cargo light
    attached, and the rattle in the dash board was diagnosed as a ?BENT
    STEERING COLUMN? AND the lights started working so they could not
    diagnose the light problem. So they had to order the new stereo and
    the steering column. Now the dash board lights from the 70MPH and all
    the way over to the left do not work. We had them look at this problem
    and they supposedly ordered a part for this over 3 weeks ago and have
    not called us to schedule this repair.

    Then several days ago we received their letter stating Saturn Vue?s
    may experience transmission problems.

    AND ? Not once have they offered us a car to drive while the vue was
    in the shop. It is a 60 mile round trip to they?re location.

    misterfact, Apr 12, 2004
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    M. Butkus Guest

    Get the V6 and a 2004. The 02 - 03 have weak steering. There are $3500 in
    deals and a $1000 QVC discount ticket (if someone has one). Have to get the
    sport package.
    So far so good with mine at 7K.
    M. Butkus, Apr 13, 2004
  4. Is that the Honda V6 or the regular one (like in the L Series) ?
    Jonnie Santos, Apr 13, 2004
  5. skittish

    M. Butkus Guest

    You do have a 30 day 1500 mile exchange with Saturn...
    M. Butkus, Apr 14, 2004
  6. skittish

    M. Butkus Guest

    Vue 2004 Honda V6 250 HP and Honda trans. Just check the exhaust pipe.
    That's a big pipe for a 3.5 engine.

    LOTS of power and very decent gas mileage. Careful with the foot, can
    decrease mileage from fast starts. I get 270 mile per 3/4 tank in
    hwy/city.. big factor... REGULAR GAS.

    Only bad points... roof rack is $200.. non adjustable and makes wind noise.
    First gear shift is 3200 RPM... quite an overkill.
    I just got my QVC $1000 discount ticket from QVC
    M. Butkus, Apr 14, 2004
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    Matt Hayden Guest

    Have a 2004 with just over 6k miles on it. Wonderful car, works very
    nicely. Get the V6 (it's the Honda engine) and the comfort package
    (the leather) and you'll be spoiled rotten -- it's got power to spare
    and the leather seats are just comfy. I've been taking mine over the
    Sierra pretty regularly (from sea level to Washoe County, 4000 feet or
    so, over route 80) and there haven't been any engine issues with the
    altitude change (which my last car didn't much like...). The AWD
    works in snow OK, too -- it's not a jeep but it figures out when the
    wheels are losing traction and kicks in the AWD.

    So - I like mine.

    Matt Hayden, Apr 14, 2004
  8. Cool, thanks... my have to go look at one (just curious of course). I'm
    not an SUV type, but I swear getting in and out of the small SUV's is really
    comfortable (and easy).
    Jonnie Santos, Apr 14, 2004
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    Mr. A Guest

    How did you come across the QVC discount? I've done a search on the web but
    can't find any details. Thanks in advance!
    Mr. A, Apr 21, 2004
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    M. Santiago Guest

    My dealer asked my wife if she was a QVC member. She said yes, and he
    told us about the deal. We called the number he gave us, gave them our
    names and member IDs, and they said the coupon would be in the mail
    the next day. That was 3 days ago, and we're still waiting. In the
    meantime, our dealer has a $1000 check from us as a retainer until we
    can bring in the coupon.

    If you're interested in the VUE, I highly recommend getting one before
    the 24th. Here's the perks I got (not all may apply to you):
    -$1000 GM loyalty (traded in my leased Chevy Impala under the
    Pull-Ahead promotion)
    -$1000 Truckfest
    -$500 NY Autoshow discount
    -$1000 QVC membership discount

    Also got another -$500 because the VUE I picked out had ~4000 miles on
    it (a demo).
    M. Santiago, Apr 22, 2004
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    Mr. A Guest

    Well, I dropped by the dealer yesterday to look at the vue. I picked one up
    for a 24 hour test drive. Nice car, peppy ride, but wicked blind spots.

    The dealer is discounting this particular vue $5000: $1,000 GM truck rebate,
    $2,500 saturn rebate, $1,500 "direct dealer rebate". I didn't ask about the
    qvc rebate, but definitely will if I decide to buy. One thing that bugs me
    is the dealer has installed extra profit items. They've added pin stripes,
    those smoked plastic sun shades on the windows and "special" cladding. I
    didn't think doing this was the "saturn way." This all adds $450 to the
    price, plus $290 for the doc fee.

    I'm curious about why I would need to buy before the 24th. The salesman made
    it sound like the incentives were good until the end of may.
    Mr. A, Apr 24, 2004
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