It includes monochromatic treatment with ground effects, a unique front fascia with air intakes and a stainless steel grille, a redesigned rear fascia with a three-inch chrome exhaust tip, dark-tinted rear door glass, and a special Red Line badge on the liftgate. These changes make the handling much crisper, with tighter control over body motions and lean. We are continually improving the quality of our text archives. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. The electric power steering, which used to feel loose and wooden, with an alarming tendency to wander, is better on all models.
It's predominantly a city car in San Francisco, it's small enough to park just about anywhere, and the 6 cylinder engine can still get me across traffic like a jack rabbit. Steering column makes a funny sound at times. I learned later that Saturn engineers were working to change the calibration for gear shifts, which occur at higher engine speeds than they would like. The Vue is still offered with a 4-cylinder engine, too: G. OnStar is now standard as well as cruise control and automatic headlights.
It now has better on-center feel and reacts faster to the driver's commands. Its unibody platform is shared with the Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and the European Opel Antara. After research, discovered that the fuel pump does not like ethanol, which is in high percentages of Canadian gasoline. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557236237105 ; listingsSearchManager. Saturn is giving the Vue sport ute a shot of testosterone and it's turning to Honda Motor Company for the injection.
Saturn also announced that in 2005 it will sell a hybrid Vue that delivers nearly 40 mpg. It handles extremely well, is great looking, everything is laid out really well in the interior exception: window buttons should be on the doors, not on center console. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. The four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive version comes only with the C. Advertisement Since the Honda powertrain is offered on the regular Vue, the real benefit of the Red Line package is its performance-tuned suspension. In addition to the Red Line, other Vue models soldier on.
Enhanced utility comes from increased towing capacity up 1000 pounds to 3500 , thanks to a 3. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. The vehicle is lowered about an inch, the 17-inch wheels and tires are replaced with 18-inchers, and stiffer springs are installed. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. The Red Line package addresses many of my complaints about the original Vue. The designers did some visual trickery, too, adding trim below the side rocker panels so that the vehicle looks lower than it actually is. The Vue is still no looker, but the body package does help.
That explains why the Saturn's horsepower figures are different from the Hondas'. Most significant, the giant automaker went shopping for a new V-6 and a new transmission, which it found not in the corporate parts closet, but on the shelves of a competitor, the Honda Motor Company -- a bit of irony that Car and Driver magazine summed up in a headline: ''G. Please if your submission gets removed or marked as spam. Your headlight fluid probably does not need to be changed. Model year 2004 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2010 Most recent year of ownership 2011 Engine and transmission 3. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. It was a very economically sound investment that has served me well over the years.
But the transmission on the test model sometimes upshifted with an odd stutter and pause before the engine speed dropped. Yes Review Date: 28th May, 2010 Faults: Sometimes the windshield wiper fluid clogs. A large electric motor is connected to the accessory drive via a belt, with a special automatic transmission fitted. Towing capacity is now 3,500 pounds, up from 2,500. Vue Red Lines are available with either front- or all-wheel drive, painted either Black, Silver, or Lime.
. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. Found out Shell has the lowest amount of ethanol, and switched to Shell, and have had no problems since. WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Yes Review Date: 10th February, 2010.
Honda has provided the Vue a far more powerful engine than it offers in its own entry in the compact utility segment. If that's the case, a more palatable alternative might be a regular Vue with the V-6. While the Red Line equipment makes it much easier to like the Vue, the rather high price may prompt some fiscal self-examination among prospective buyers. InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. Included with the Red Line package are stiffer and shorter by 26 mm springs to reduce body roll and lower the center of gravity for improved handling.
Sport steering improves on-center feel, the lack of which was a disappointment in last year's Vue V-6. The Red Line's steering is better yet, with tighter on-center feel and even faster response. Ratings have risen to 250 horsepower and 242 pounds-feet of torque, from 181 and 195 pounds-feet. Next to arrive is the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, another small utility wagon that is to reach dealerships next month. Some people at General Motors must have felt the same way, for they quickly set to work on a number of improvements that have begun to show up on the 2004 Vue. For the Vue, it delivers 250 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 242 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm, and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.