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2003 Saturn Vue rear liftgate won't open

All of a sudden the rear liftgate on my 2003 Saturn Vue won't open.

This model has power locks & a remote entry system, neither of which will open the rear liftgate.

There is no interior latch to manually open the rear liftgate.
There is no exterior lock to manually unlock the rear liftgate.

The rear windshield wiper works.
The rear brake lights work.


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  • forney4 Nov 17, 2008

    I have a 2003 Saturn Vue and the rear liftgate won't unlock

  • cbyle Dec 07, 2008

    Same problem with 2004 VUE. Also How do you open it when it is locked from outside?

  • lpate Dec 16, 2008

    Have an 06 Vue... same problem. Very frustrating!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    Liftgate won't latch on my Saturn Outlook

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    replace molding with brake light on rear hatch of 2003 trailblazer ext

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    At the top it seams to lock, then it will drop about a foot and bounce once then close with force. It seems not to be locking up?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I can not open my trunk of my 06 Vue. The key fob unlocks all the doors and when I push the button on the key fob I do not hear the lock unlock on the trunk. Saturn did not put a button inside of truck so I can release the trunk. The lock used to stop working only when it was cold outside but now doesnt work at all. HELP!!! Saturn screwed up when it didn't install a button or key lock on this model!

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    does not work

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    seems to be rusted key will insert but not turn. tried to spray inside key slot, no help

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    liftgate stuck shut



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The easy part is you just need the latch for the liftgate. The hard part is getting to it and opening the liftgate to replace the latch. You should be able to pull the liftgate trim off most of the way with the gate closed and try to manually actuate the latch to open the gate. You may have to go so far as breaking the latch from the inside to open the gate and then replace your latch.

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