When the first Saturn came out in the late 80s, it already had the competitive edge it is known for today. Head-on collision with other car manufacturers in developing ideas for new models was no problem, as Saturn had a reputation for high quality. Because of this, it was able to earn a loyal customer base that had followed its innovations for years now.
What differentiates Saturn models from all the other cars in the market today is the fact that they are the only vehicles which use polymer vertical body panels attached to a steel-space frame. This feature was first seen on the '91 S-Series model and has been employed eversince.
The same feature is also present on the Saturn VUE, the vehicle launched by Saturn as its answer to Honda's CRV. A compact sports utility vehicle, it is especially designed to be approachable, not intimidating like most of its counterparts. The entirety of the Saturn VUE's skin has polymer panels, but the hood, roof and liftgate are steel. While this is so, the inner parts provide the strength and rigidity that is required for improved ride and great handling, including improved safety performance.
The VUE is available with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system. The rear seat has a 70/30 fold-down design, and the front passenger seat can be folded down as well. In addition to these features are car accessories and parts that perform as well: Saturn VUE adapters, air filters, bugshields, bumper guards, car covers, cargo liners, electric window crank systems, floor mats, lug nuts, nerf bars and oil filters. For the Saturn VUE body parts, employed are A/C condensers, front bumpers, front fenders, hoods, hubcaps, front lights, mirrors, radiators and wheels.
The 2004 Saturn VUE incorporates new innovations in its already outstanding lineup of car parts for its Red Line trim package: V6 engine, sport-tuned suspension with lowered ride height, 18-inch wheels, monochromatic color scheme, revised front fascia and rocker panel extensions. All designed to attract the young and hip, these parts constitute what should definitely be called the car for the new generation'.
For a utility vehicle, the Saturn VUE doesn't come as bulky or as massive as those within the category. It is a vehicle which has the cargo-carrying capacity and heightened driving position of a family car in the guise of a compact. Utility vehicles are especially designed to give power car performance to those who engage in more dynamic type of activities. For the Saturn VUE, car parts do the task of keeping the car up with the demands of its owner. This is one quality of Saturn VUE which could make other utility vehicles simply move over.
How to Make Your Saturn Vue Shine like A Star
In 2002, GM introduced its homegrown entry in the small SUV market called the Saturn Vue, a sport utility vehicle, or SUV that endeared itself to the public because of its low price and high performance features. In an unfortunate turn of events later in the decade, the Saturn brand, including the Vue, was discontinued in 2009.
- Change the oil at least once a year.
Regular maintenance for your Saturn Vue will ensure fuel economy and ensure that the engine and other components will last an extended amount of time. This will prevent you from being haunted by unexpected auto repair expenses. Changing the Saturn Vue's oil and oil filter are required only once a year if scheduled maintenance is adhered to under normal driving conditions. However, if the change oil indicator isn't reset or you lose track of your previous oil changes, maintenance should be performed every 3,000 miles.
- Don't ignore any warning lights for too long.
Should you fail to act on a check oil light or any other instrument panel warning after a long period (ten months or more), you will need to perform a Level 2 Maintenance Check. This entails having a mechanic change the engine oil and filter, check for any leaks, check and change the fuel filter, rotate and check the tire pressure, inspect the brake system, and check the engine fluid, cooling system, steering, wiper blades, restraint system and transaxle fluid.
- A quick way to reset the "Change Oil" indicator.
If the oil has been changed and the Change Oil indicator remains lit, the indicator needs to be reset manually.
First, turn the ignition key to the ‘RUN' position, engine OFF. Second, press and release the gas pedal 3 times in 5 seconds or less until you see the indicator flash. This means the Change Oil indicator has been reset, and it is now safe to turn off the ignition. To verify if the reset process was successful, go ahead and restart the vehicle.
- Keeping mileage milestones in mind will help you remember maintenance duties.
Here are some numbers that are critical to your vehicle's overall health that you shouldn't forget. Your starter switch should be inspected once a year. Every 25,000 miles, the fuel system and exhaust should be inspected for damage or leaks, and automatic transaxle fluid should be replaced at 100,000 miles, along with spark plugs and timing belt (between 50,000 to 100,000 miles). Transaxle fluid for V6 engines should be changed every 25,000 miles.
- Possible reasons why your car won't start when it's cold out.
If your Saturn Vue fails to start in cold weather, first try cleaning the vehicle's battery terminals and cables. Reinstall the larger "positive" cable, then the smaller "negative" cable. Once this is done, ask your mechanic to do a battery and alternator check.
A sensor checks the coolant temperature and signals the vehicle's computer that a richer gas mixture is needed to start the engine in cold weather. Check if this sensor is functioning and the condition of the coolant. Coolant becomes acidic after three years and will prove destructive to the engine.
Lastly, have a mechanic replace your fuel filter - it may be congested by crud buildup, restricting the flow of fuel to the engine.
Saturn Vue: A Car of its Time
For 25 years, General Motors’ Saturn was known for being very ambitious. Perhaps too ambitious, critics said. However, it has proved during those times that it is, as its marketing line reads, “a different car company.” Independent from its parent company, the Saturn Corporation did its best to rival the success of Japanese brands in the United States. The Saturn Vue was one of those products that boosted the company into prominence. Although it was hailed as one of the company’s endearing products, the financial trouble GM had forced the parent company to halt Saturn production. Still, it is fondly remembered as a compact crossover SUV that dreamed a dream.
2002: Home-grown and Proud
The Saturn Vue was introduced in 2002 as its first compact crossover SUV, positioning itself as a contender among the likes of the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda Tribute. It was the first vehicle to use General Motors’ Theta Platform. The design used a four wheel independent suspension, which makes each wheel move vertically without affecting the other wheels. This made the Saturn Vue as provide a much more comfortable ride with improved handling. It drove smoother on uneven roads due to only the wheel affected each bump would move.
2004: The Red Line
A high-performance version of the Saturn Vue arrived in 2004 under the name, “Red Line.” This iteration had a sportier suspension tuning and a unique power steering calibration. Its The car itself was lowered 1 inch, had 18’ allow wheels, ground-effect bumpers, a chrome exhaust tip, and a leather and suede interior. This gave the Saturn Vue a visually stunning look, as well as a better street performance.
2007: The Green Line
The Saturn Vue went on a more environmental-friendly path when they the company released the “Green Line” Model in 2007. It is a “mild hybrid” system, using GM’s unique BAS Hybrid system. This is defined by having an electric motor connected to the crankshaft and a modified transmission. This is done to assist the vehicle when starting and accelerating. The system also stores braking energy, which helps with its goal of fuel economy. Throughout its run, the Saturn Vue Green Line showcases consistent 20 percent fuel savings.
In 2008, the second generation of the Saturn Vue was derived from badge engineering the Opel Antara, in order to accommodate cater to the American market. The “Red Line” and “Green Line” trims are kept. Unfortunately, General Motors went through a financial crisis and as a result, the Saturn line of cars were was stopped. Even so, it had a good run being one of the most affordable car companies in America, and the Saturn Vue is proof of that.