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2008 Saturn Outlook repairs by problem area

Chart based on 305 repairs.

2008 Saturn Outlook repair cost distribution

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Saturn Outlook in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

6200 mi
Wrinkle in leather trim in 2nd row seat Driver side by headrest. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

275-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Saturn Outlook in Arizona, United States
Jun 2007 - Apr 2011
Oct 2007

9000 mi
Recall for trans reflash. Dealer could not locate reflash file on computer. Phone inquiry two weeks later got same result. 
Mar 2008

14000 mi
XM receiver signal dropouts, excessive touch sensitive screen finger pressure required, day/night display switching erratic, radio played music while turned off. 
Apr 2008

17000 mi
Sudden transmission failure. Would not shift after stop. Diagnostic result: 'No 3rd gear'. Dealer found internal debris & stuck valves. Repaired per mfgr direction, dealer replaced piece parts (valves, seals, ...). 
Jan 2009

24000 mi
Water leaking into passenger compartment. Repeat of 9/08 problem. Repeat of the water leak problem. 
Jul 2009

32000 mi

US $600
Rear hatchback would not stay open. Would drift partially closed over time. Replaced both side struts. Very loud "groaning" sound while driving. Two occasions lasting for ~10 sec. Traced to air in power steering line. Flushed and refilled line. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Saturn Outlook in Texas, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2013
Apr 2008

6000 mi
Brought in to dealer for oil change and was told of transmission update that needed to be done. Also, guy drove it and noticed slow pickup on it and suggested update of software. 
Jan 2009

17000 mi
Headlight needed changing. Was told bumper had to come off in order to replace bulb. Dealer replaced bulb and inside where the bulb goes. Mechanic said he heard "popping" when wheel turned. Ordered parts. 
Aug 2010

35000 mi
Left panel in trunk kept coming off.  There are small scratches on the tint on driver side door. They said it is not from the door, so we must have done it. They noted it and I said if I noticed new ones I would be bringing it back for them to repair under warrienty. Sunroof leaking. Repaired and isn't leaking any more. 
Dec 2010

42000 mi
Headlights keep going out. No warranty anymore. Looked online, many have this same issue. Hopefully Saturn issues a recall. 
Mar 2011

45000 mi
Headlight melted on the inside. At first they told me I would have to pay, but I fought it and they paid and repaired at no charge. 
Feb 2012

70000 mi
Car was not shifting internally properly. Would rev up when driving. airbag light on and off intermittently. 
Mar 2013

85000 mi

US $1600
ABS, stability control. Forget specifics. 
Saturn Outlook in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2007 - Jun 2015
Apr 2008

4960 mi
"Air Bag" tab on passenger side A pillar would not stay in. Dealer fixed it but also ordered a new handle (not the door handle, the "holy s---" handle on the A pillar. 
May 2008

8680 mi
Console arm rest would squeak when you rested your arm on it. 
Dec 2008

19220 mi
Squeaky break pedal. Service Bulletin already existed - dealer changed brake fluid type. Shock oil leak in rear driver side shock. Complete loss of damping - tire loses contact with road surface over large bumps. Dealer ordered replacement shock. 
Jan 2009

20460 mi
Driver's side rear shock replaced - leaking oil. Airbag tab replaced 
Mar 2010

35960 mi

C $60
Cracked valve stem causing slow leak and low air pressure warning 
Jun 2010

37820 mi
Tie rods worn out, replaced.  AC drainage backing up, draining into passenger side footwell. Shop cleaned drainage hose. 
Dec 2010

47740 mi
Replaced rear hatch struts 
Apr 2011

50840 mi
Sun roof drain hose blockage - repaired as per TSB Left headlight harness faulty - new harness installed 
Jul 2011

55360 mi

C $150
Valve stem broken 
Jul 2012

67780 mi
Timing chain / bolts broken. Water pump leak 
Oct 2013

85540 mi

C $300
Rust perforation on lip of hood. Affected area was too large to effectively repair - GM replaced entire hood. 
Feb 2014

87420 mi

C $600
Power steering oil cooler leaking - cooler was replaced. 
Saturn Outlook in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2015
Mar 2008

1000 mi
Turn signal indicator audio clicking noise was louder than it should have been when the vehicle was delivered. The dealer connected the car to the internet and the GM tech center recalibrated the radio which eliminated the issue. 
Jan 2009

4000 mi
The Check Airbag Warning Light came on. The sensor in the passenger seat was found to be not functioning and was replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2010

11000 mi
Check Airbag Warning Light came on. Dealer found a loose wire under the front passenger seat and reconnected it. 
May 2010

12000 mi
The rear liftgate struts failed (were leaking), so the rear liftgate would not stay open. The dealer quickly replaced both liftgate struts. 
Saturn Outlook in Michigan, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2011
Jun 2008

10000 mi
p/steering pump noise drivers seat lumbar steering column clunk brake pedal squeak rear hatch trim replacement 
Jul 2008

14000 mi
Updated trans cal. to may 8th flash 
Feb 2009

31000 mi
Power Steering Cooler was leaking. 
Dec 2009

62000 mi
Replaced front stab. bar links 
Jun 2011

107000 mi

US $300
replaced power steering pump and R/Front strut asm. 
Saturn Outlook in Louisiana, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

4000 mi
Stabilitrac light came on and went out several times. Dealer found camshaft in engine loose. Replaced heads, camshafts and 1 piston. 4 weeks to get parts and repair. 
Nov 2007

10000 mi
During troubleshooting stabilitrac light coming on shop found engien camshaft loose in the head. Replaced camshaft and head. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Saturn Outlook in Iowa, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2008

6000 mi
There was a leak in the master cylinder so it was losing brake fluid. The alarm for the stabilitrack system would go off and it would say to have the brakes serviced. They just filled the brake fluid the first 2 times it happened. 3rd time it was fixed. There was a rattle in the vent. They discovered broken parts inside somewhere and had to order parts. It was repaired in June. 
Jun 2008

6000 mi
Rattle repaired. 
Sep 2008

10000 mi
Water leaking in down passenger seat belt and around that area. When turning the steering wheel there is clicking noises. Not sure if it comes from the steering wheel or if it's something in the suspension or somewhere that would be effected when turning. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Saturn Outlook in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

2000 mi
Nav/OnStar shut down - no electrical power supply. The problem disappeared when the car was restarted. OnStar and dealer fault code scan turned up with no fault codes thrown. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saturn Outlook in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2011
Dec 2007

3000 mi
Passenger side, sideview mirror LED light works intermitantly. Dealer indicated entire mirror assembly had to be ordered and painted. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook Repair Histories

114 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Saturn Outlook. 57 of these members (50%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 305 repairs to 2008 Saturn Outlooks--an average of 2.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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