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2009 Saturn Outlook repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 58 repairs.
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2009 Saturn Outlook repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (38%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 8 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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2009 Saturn Outlook

Engine not specified

Saturn Outlook in Colorado, United States
Sep 2012 - Jul 2016
Jun 2013

96000 mi
3-5-R Wave Plate failure, Soleniod failure. Damage to internal components as a result. $2465 in parts were replaced $2100 in labor. Water Pump replaced as a result of recall. Moisture around shaft, it wouldn't have been too long before it needed to be replaced. 
Jul 2016

146000 mi

US $2250
Timing chains out of sync. Check engine light and message to stop using vehicle and return to dealer for service. requires dropping the engine and removal of the front timing cover, replace chains tensions and guides. 

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2009 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

Saturn Outlook in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Apr 2011
Jan 2011

27280 mi
Drivers side door pillar speaker grille rattle/noise and door trim rattle repaired. Adjustments made by technician to correct the rattle/noises. 
Saturn Outlook in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Aug 2014
May 2012

87720 mi

C $181
Original battery had a dead cell. 
Aug 2013

98240 mi

C $100
Replaced master power window switch left front door. 
Saturn Outlook in Florida, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

15000 mi
Steering knocking sound when moved right to left on start up in morning when temperature is below 55 degrees or less. Goes away after being driven for a mile or so 
Saturn Outlook in Oklahoma, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2016
Apr 2011

34000 mi
Had a few things repaired they are as follows: Both front seats had bumpy forward and reverse travel: Dealer replaced Lift-gate would not stay up on it's own: dealer replaced both lift-gate struts  We have had to jump start our Outlook any time it has sat for 3 or more days without driving: dealer load tested and found batter bad - replaced battery. 
Feb 2013

60000 mi

US $300
Power Steering pump failed Friday evening 8 Mar. Power steering pump is being replaced. Misfire on Cylinder #3. Engine was stuttering a little at highway speeds 55-60 going uphill under load. When hooked up to scan tool, bargraph tool found cylinder #3 misfiring, but not enough times to trip a fault code.Coil pack & Plug bad 
May 2013

61000 mi

US $55
Misfire on a different cylinder. Personally replaced remaining spark plugs. Cylinder 3 was replaced last visit due to misfire. Just finished the replacement 45 days later. 
Jan 2014

65000 mi

US $100
Heater hose engine block fittings cracked, leaking.  Also timing chain cover had an oil leak. 
Nov 2014

69500 mi
Water pump was changed due to a leak. It was still under 12 month part warranty, water pump was changed for a leak December of last year. 
Dec 2016

79000 mi

US $43
Engine misfire upon highway load. Triggered cylinder #4 misfire engine code p0304. Removed and replaced coil pack #4. 
Saturn Outlook in Maryland, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2014
Sep 2009

8000 mi
Bumpy forward and backward travel on the power driver's seat. New tracks ordered. Replaced defective tracks for forward/backward travel on driver's power seat 
Mar 2010

13000 mi
Clunk in steering and accelerator while turning wheel left and right. Dealer claims problem in rack, but no fix available. 
Jun 2010

17000 mi
Clunk in steering. Can feel in steering wheel and accelerator while turning wheel left and right. There is a TSB #10-02-32-001: Clunk or Knock Noise When Turning (Replace Steering Gear Bushing) - (Apr 14, 2010) But dealer replaced entire rack due to a... 
Jul 2010

18300 mi
Clunk in steering. Can feel in steering wheel and accelerator while turning wheel left and right. Dealer replaced part of steering column. 
Nov 2010

24000 mi
Wiring harness on passenger side replaced after 3 lamps have failed in 19 months of ownership. 
Jun 2011

30000 mi
Rattle in center console of dash. Replaced center storage lid. 
Nov 2011

36000 mi
Driver's side headlamp would go out intermittently. 
Feb 2012

38000 mi

US $330
Cylinder was misfiring. Replaced spark plug and coil on cylinder 5. 
May 2012

42300 mi

US $395
Cylinder was misfiring. Replaced spark plug and coil on cylinder 3. 
Dec 2013

66000 mi

US $1000
replaced coils and spark plugs on 3 cylinders 
Saturn Outlook in Michigan, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2015
Sep 2009

2000 mi
Have lift in garage. In looking underneath vehicle noticed ALL the support rods for the exhaust system coated in rust. The exhaust itself (stainless) pretty rust free except the seam around both resonators (have the dual exhaust version). 
Oct 2009

3000 mi
In dash navigation screen would black out. Dealer ordered upgraded software for the nav system. Returned to dealer within 5 days and nav system software upgraded (roughly 30 minutes). Dead battery (in my garage). Jumped it and drove to my dealer (excellent dealer [Saturn of Lakeside]). TSB #09-06-03-002E: EI09060 reprogrammed the Instrument Panel Cluster (corrected too large of a drain on the battery). Replaced battery as well 
Feb 2010

10000 mi
The driver's side height adjustable plastic housing for the safety belt. The belt, over time, cut into the plastic housing. There was a running design change for the '09s and mine had it, but because it was set for my wife (low), I wore it out. 
Jun 2010

15000 mi
Incurred a "no start" Memorial weekend. Had no power to start. All the vehicle would do is click once. This "no start" happened to me back in December of '09 also. Dealer reprogrammed the instrument panel cluster. 
Sep 2010

19000 mi
This no-start could not be duplicated (kept overnight and a loaner was provided). Service Manager @ Lakeside Saturn in Macomb, MI determined if this should happen again to flat bed it in as codes were cleared when I jump started her. 
Jan 2012

36700 mi
My Saturn came equipped with power, heated and auto dimming outside mirrors. The passenger mirror pivoting point apparently was wearing as the mirror head could rock forward and backward. The dealer confirmed and replaced w/new mirror. 
Mar 2013

52000 mi

US $115
Complete steering rack was replaced under my purchased entended bumper to bumper warranty. I had a deductible of $100.00 plus I paid for a routine oil and filter change of $14.97 (I supply the Pennzoil Platinum oil). 
Jul 2013

57000 mi

US $100
Factory Nav radio had to be replaced. Attempt to watch a DVD was followed by the display "DISC ERROR". Factory overhead DVD is just a display. Tech identified radio as bad. Replaced radio under extended warranty. 
Feb 2014

65000 mi
Water Pump failed (was leaking antifreeze on the garage floor). Car never overheated. A check with Moran Chevrolet in Clinton Township, MI showed GM issued a policy #13091 on water pumps for my Saturn extending the life to 10 years/120K 

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2009 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

Saturn Outlook in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2016
Oct 2012

30700 mi

US $25
Liftgate strut failed 
Jul 2013

39300 mi

US $472
Worn rotors. 
Jun 2014

51000 mi

US $450
Water pump replaced 
Oct 2014

55000 mi

US $225
Replaced faulty ignition coil pack and plugs 
Mar 2016

70000 mi

US $350
Fuse box was corroded due to leak. 
Jun 2016

76000 mi

US $1488
Replaced heater core/ Ac evaporator. 
Saturn Outlook in New Mexico, United States
Jun 2009 - Apr 2016
Jan 2012

18000 mi
Check Engine light, deminished functions such as Remote Start disabled and deminished power, code for valve timing. Related to Factory Recall for "Oil life" monitor. Re-programed to shorter cycle to prevent premature timing chain wear. 
Saturn Outlook in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2009

US $1
30 amp heated seats fuse was blown at time of delivery. I replaced myself for 99 cents from Auto Zone. It was the new micro size fuse and dealer didn't have any in stock. Dealer price for same fuse was $8.50 .... I don't think so. 
Feb 2010

18000 mi
One problem this vehicle has (like the 2007 I used to have) is that it will lock the doors without warning. You can be in the vehicle, be walking away with keys in your purse or, have the keys in your purse sitting on the passenger seat. Called Onstar. 

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2009 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

Saturn Outlook in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Sep 2011
Jun 2011

37000 mi
warranty work on passenger side front headlight, replaced assembly, didn't light up 
Saturn Outlook in Arkansas, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Jul 2012

96500 mi
Replaced headlight wire harness under recall. Right side had failed. 
Saturn Outlook in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2013
Nov 2011

23000 mi

US $89
RR brake dragging and getting hot. Dealer said it was dirt and rust keeping pads from retracting. I said it was an oversized pad with no tolerance for normal dirt and rust. Dealer said I had to pay since they could not get claim warranty 
Jan 2012

25000 mi
lost ability to run front windshield wipers. the smart switch was shorted internally and was replaced. 
Apr 2013

34000 mi
fron brake pads worn and replaced along with rotors 

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2009 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

Saturn Outlook in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2014 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

62000 mi
at different speeds it would act like it was downshifting and then upshifting. We were told by someone that worked at a dealership that it was a well known problem with that vehicle. We traded it that weekend. 
Saturn Outlook in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2009

8060 mi
Transmission slips and engine revs up and then down again occasionally on 1-2 upshift only. The dealer re-programmed the transmission computer. I noticed the problem a few more times, then it went away. Chrome ferrule just below transmission shift lever knob slipped down, exposing wiring. Dealer glued back up in place. Automatic climate control does not switch automatically from heating to air conditioning when vehicle interior heats up. Air conditioning works only when selected manually. 
Dec 2009

11780 mi
As reported earlier, engine revs rise momentarily on 1-2 upshift only. 
Apr 2010

12400 mi
Noticed rasping noise and increased effort when turning steering wheel. Dealer repaired leak at power steering fluid cooler. 

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