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I have an 03 saturn vue, 2wd with auto trans. When driving, usually at less than 2 miles the engine shuts down at about 500 rpm like when stopping for a red light. Have to disconnect battery to reset computer, have found that turning key on to let fuel pump start before restarting seems to work. According to Saturn handbook it is equipped with a "passlock" system which shuts off the fuel pump if "it doesn't recognize the key being used?! Yesterday the car stopped while driving, but restarted. About 10 miles later it stalled and restarted, but finally had to disconnect the battery (probably reset computer) and it ran ok till this morning. This time I tried the directions for disable security system without disconnecting battery and it seemed to work, but it "seemed to work" yesterday but didn't really, after stalling a few minutes later. I notice that following the directions to disable the security system the chime is supposed to sound once when mode is selected, but it doesn't.(pg. 83, features and controls,Vue 2003 handbook).

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  • jerry_m_8501 Nov 15, 2009

    We hav it narrowed to "sensor" problem, but could be high oil pressure, ignition connected with alarm system and/or passlock sensor, and now idle. The idle while a good suggestion is always the same whether running or when it shuts down and maybe is actually 750 not the 500 mentioned in the report.

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Sounds like a throttle sensor fault do to the fact that the saturn vue doesnt idle at 500 normally its uaually between 600-800. i suggest getting it hooked to a diagnostic machine to find wat the codes are cause im sure it will be several.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

Testimonial: "not too sure, since the idle speed is always constant, it may in fact be 750, anyway the shutdown occurrs at random times without relation to the idle"

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