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Just a general discussion :p

I traded in a '05 Ford Freestyle Limited AWD with 117k
 

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A 2000 Ford Excursion XLT V10 4X4 w/96K........................it was awesome, but a pig on fuel :'(
It's funny, I need the room again and I'm tossing the idea around again of getting another one for an extra vehcle, you can get a nice one pretty cheap.
 

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A 2000 Ford Excursion XLT V10 4X4 w/96K........................it was awesome, but a pig on fuel :'(
It's funny, I need the room again and I'm tossing the idea around again of getting another one for an extra vehcle, you can get a nice one pretty cheap.

So would you get rid of the VUE or just add to what you already have?
 

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So would you get rid of the VUE or just add to what you already have?
I would just add to my growing fleet ;D
 

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1999 Honda Odyssey with 203K. Miss the space, but love my Outlook. We needed something better suited to towing our camper. The Ody did OK, in fact I towed with it through the mountains of WV 2 years ago at about 185K with no issues, but always felt like it was working hard. We have the hope of moving to a newer, larger pop up at some point and there was no way with the van.

Also, those Ody's have a history of transmission issues, not good when towing. Ours had two transmission replacements, one under the certified warranty at 40K and the other that Honda picked up the cost of at 125K as a good will gesture. Just before we sold it, we had a leak and some slippage when towing so we decided it was time for it to go. Still got $2400 on trade form the Saturn dealer, though. :thumb:

Other than the transmission issues, it was a bullet proof vehicle with few problems over the 164K that we had it. I hope our Outlook does as well!
 

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1999 Honda Odyssey with 203K. Miss the space, but love my Outlook. We needed something better suited to towing our camper. The Ody did OK, in fact I towed with it through the mountains of WV 2 years ago at about 185K with no issues, but always felt like it was working hard. We have the hope of moving to a newer, larger pop up at some point and there was no way with the van.

Also, those Ody's have a history of transmission issues, not good when towing. Ours had two transmission replacements, one under the certified warranty at 40K and the other that Honda picked up the cost of at 125K as a good will gesture. Just before we sold it, we had a leak and some slippage when towing so we decided it was time for it to go. Still got $2400 on trade form the Saturn dealer, though. :thumb:

Other than the transmission issues, it was a bullet proof vehicle with few problems over the 164K that we had it. I hope our Outlook does as well!
Ya, the transmissions in the Honda's really need the fluid changed every 20K to keep it healthy. I know alot of the owners manuals say change at 100K but that is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. I bought my '05 VUE w/ the Honda drivetrain, 3.5L, Auto with 62K on it and the fluid was brown so the 1st thing I did was do a drain and refill, then I drove it for 100 miles and did it again. The Honda 3.5L V6 is bullet proof for sure.
 

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2003 Eddie Baurer Expedition--I thought the Outlook would get better gas mileage; we were getting 12.5 with the Ford, 14.2 with the Outlook--I was expecting a bigger improvement. The Expedition had 66k miles, and we were out of time on the warranty. The Expy was fully loaded, and with an a/c failure under warranty, I was concerned with the various nick nacks breaking. Unfortnately, we have had more problems with the Outlook than the Expedition.
 

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Ya, the transmissions in the Honda's really need the fluid changed every 20K to keep it healthy. I know alot of the owners manuals say change at 100K but that is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. I bought my '05 VUE w/ the Honda drivetrain, 3.5L, Auto with 62K on it and the fluid was brown so the 1st thing I did was do a drain and refill, then I drove it for 100 miles and did it again. The Honda 3.5L V6 is bullet proof for sure.
I think my owner's manual said every 60K, but I'm not convinced that changing it more often would cure it. There was a design flaw in those transmissions where one gear just didn't get enough oil. Honda extended the warranty on many to 100K and many owners, like me, got replacements beyond that.

Of course extending the changes isn't good either. I had a trans cooler installed around 150K-160K and they were supposed to do a fluid change at the same time. Given how black the fluid was at 200K, I'm wondering if they actually did. Matters not now, it's gone.

The irony of the Honda engine in the Vue is that they swapped in a superior engine but ended up with an inferior transmission. GM transmissions have long been some of the best in the world. I think by the time your '05 was made most of the problems were sorted out.
 

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The irony of the Honda engine in the Vue is that they swapped in a superior engine but ended up with an inferior transmission. GM transmissions have long been some of the best in the world. I think by the time your '05 was made most of the problems were sorted out.
Agreed and I hope you are correct one mine :-\ although recently GM had a recall on VUE's with the Honda drivetrain on torque converter "shutter" and the dealer would reprogram the trans or if that did'nt take care of the issue they replace the TC, I never noticesd it but had the reprogram done anyway.
 

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We traded in our 2005 Saturn Relay in 2008 for our 2008 XE. Which we just traded in for a 2011 Red Acadia SLE.
 

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We replaced our 2003 Saturn Vue with our 2009 Outlook XR. No major problems since the purchase in Aug 09.
 

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We replaced our 2003 Saturn Vue with our 2009 Outlook XR. No major problems since the purchase in Aug 09.
You must of bought used?, or was it a very late '09 build that just sat on the dealer lot? What is your build date?
 

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A 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. Loved that car but it was just time for something new.
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A 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. Loved that car but it was just time for something new.
Tim C.
I'll bet that thing floated down the road :thumb:
 

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I'll bet that thing floated down the road :thumb:
Most definitely; just the the Mercury Grand Marquis that I once had :thumbsup:
 

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Most definitely; just the the Mercury Grand Marquis that I once had :thumbsup:
Those things are like recliners on wheels :D
 

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1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette with about 89,000. The tranny was having some issues due to a sticky solenoid. Rebuild or New Vehicle, hmmmmmmmmm . Employee pricing summer 2008 made my decision. I was missing the 24 MPG on the Olds but now I drive 55 and getting almost the same with the Outlook AWD ;)
 

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It sure did and it was fast for a big car too. The LT1 V8 really pushed it down the road nicely.
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6Sixathome said:
I'll bet that thing floated down the road :thumb:
 
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