My wife has a 2005 Saturn Vue.
The Vue has about 40K miles on it. Recently she noticed a noise when she is driving it. Thinking it may be the new tires on it, she hasn't paid that much attention to it. Not good. While having it in this week for regular maintenance, my mechanic (who I have dealt with for years so I trust him) noticed the noise also while road testing it. His first thought was a wheel bearing was going bad. No such luck. Upon further investigation it appears the rear end has a major problem in it.
He first checked to see if we were still under warranty. It expired in February. He has been able to find a salvage part to replace this one with, which we have authorized him to do.
He has also found out in this that the Vue's have a widespread history of both rear end and transmission problems. They have Honda Pilot transmissions and rear ends in them. Has anyone else out there heard of these problems? My mechanic advises getting it fixed and then getting rid of it.
Of course now my wife is ready to start looking.