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2008 Saturn Outlook Repair Histories

108 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Saturn Outlook. 54 of these members (50%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 277 repairs to 2008 Saturn Outlooks--an average of 2.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 277 repairs.

2008 Saturn Outlook repair cost distribution

Chart based on 41 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
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
9000 mi   Recall for trans reflash. Dealer could not locate reflash file on computer. Phone inquiry two weeks later got same result. 
14000   XM receiver signal dropouts, excessive touch sensitive screen finger pressure required, day/night display switching erratic, radio played music while turned off. 
17000   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, ...). 
24000   Water leaking into passenger compartment. Repeat of 9/08 problem. Repeat of the water leak problem. 
32000 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
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. 
17000   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. 
35000   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. 
42000   Headlights keep going out. No warranty anymore. Looked online, many have this same issue. Hopefully Saturn issues a recall. 
45000   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. 
70000   Car was not shifting internally properly. Would rev up when driving. airbag light on and off intermittently. 
85000 US $1600 ABS, stability control. Forget specifics. 
Saturn Outlook in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2007 - Jun 2014
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 shit" handle on the A pillar. 
8680   Console arm rest would squeak when you rested your arm on it. 
19220   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. 
20460   Driver's side rear shock replaced - leaking oil. Airbag tab replaced 
35960 C $60 Cracked valve stem causing slow leak and low air pressure warning 
37820   Tie rods worn out, replaced.  AC drainage backing up, draining into passenger side footwell. Shop cleaned drainage hose. 
47740   Replaced rear hatch struts 
50840   Sun roof drain hose blockage - repaired as per TSB Left headlight harness faulty - new harness installed 
55360   Valve stem broken 
67780   Timing chain / bolts broken. Water pump leak 
85540   Rust perforation on lip of hood. Affected area was too large to effectively repair - GM replaced entire hood. 
87420   Power steering oil cooler leaking - cooler was replaced. 
Saturn Outlook in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2014
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. 
4000   The Check Airbag Warning Light came on. The sensor in the passenger seat was found to be not functioning and was replaced under warranty. 
11000   Check Airbag Warning Light came on. Dealer found a loose wire under the front passenger seat and reconnected it. 
12000   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
10000 mi   p/steering pump noise drivers seat lumbar steering column clunk brake pedal squeak rear hatch trim replacement 
14000   Updated trans cal. to may 8th flash 
31000   Power Steering Cooler was leaking. 
62000   Replaced front stab. bar links 
107000 US $300 replaced power steering pump and R/Front strut asm. 
Saturn Outlook in Louisiana, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
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. 
10000   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
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. 
6000   Rattle repaired. 
10000   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
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
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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