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Saturn Outlook repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (12%)

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Saturn Outlook suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 31 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

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). 
13000 mi Clunk in steering and accelerator while turning wheel left and right. Dealer claims problem in rack, but no fix available. 
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... 
18300 mi Clunk in steering. Can feel in steering wheel and accelerator while turning wheel left and right. Dealer replaced part of steering column. 
60000 mi

US $300
Power Steering pump failed Friday evening 8 Mar. Power steering pump is being replaced. 
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 

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2009 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

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

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2008 Saturn Outlook

Engine not specified

122000 mi

US $600
Power steering cooler had a major sudden failure, losing all fluid and wrecking the pump and steering rack. Car had to be towed. Repair covered under OEM extended defect warranty due to poor design. Would have been $1500 if covered by owner. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

70000 mi Rack and pinion not smooth, especially on turns. Could feel it in steering wheel. Also a whine and rattle from under steering column below dashboard. Third time in with a system replacement. 
81000 mi Noise in front. Struts were replaced. 
34000 mi Power steering whine. Power steering fluid leak from temperature as noted in TSB. 
5580 mi Clicking noise from steering column. Needs column to be replaced. Parts on order. 
6200 mi New steering column ordered from US arrived and was fitted by dealer. 
6820 mi Recurrence of the clicking sound from steering column when turning. Not confident that it won't return again. Squeaking suspension strut (car was sounding like a ten year old taxi with 750,000km on the clock). Shop couldn't reproduce the problem (naturally). Probably some ice stuck in it that melted when it sat in the shop for repair of the steering noise. 
16120 mi Loose rods in the steering made knocking noise. Rods re-aligned and tightened. 
18600 mi Recurrence of noise from steering column when turning at slow speeds. Same as Problem 1 Trip 1 but this time the parts ordered had arrived and were installed. 
19220 mi Awful squeaking from rear left suspension strut. Sounded like an old taxi. Now quiet thankfully. 
29140 mi Recurrence of noisy steering pump. Told it needed replacing, so it was done! Bit worrying for a car less than three years old. 
32000 mi Noise from steering. Steering rack replaced. 
59000 mi Steering wheel noise, possible pump failure 
117000 mi

US $135
Power steering pump failing over several months. Researched issue and started with power steering pump. May need rack system replaced soon as well. 
24000 mi

US $140
Power steering was whining though not having trouble steering. Dealer advised power steering pump needed replacement. Declined to replace as vehicle is out of warranty and I thought it might just be air in the system. Hasn't made noise since 
9000 mi Replaced power steering cooler second time under warranty. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

32000 mi

US $600
Very loud "groaning" sound while driving. Two occasions lasting for ~10 sec. Traced to air in power steering line. Flushed and refilled line. 
14300 mi Power Steering fluid cooler leaking. 
68000 mi

US $10
Low on steering fluid 
15000 mi Slight clunk/rattle in front end at low speed. Dealer tightened a couple of bolts. 
85000 mi

US $500
Noise/clunking coming from steering rack. Rack bushings replaced. 
89500 mi

US $350
Front strut was leaking oil. Replaced both struts and had four wheel alignment. 
196000 mi

US $240
Both lower ball joints failing. Replaced. 
26000 mi

US $20
Often heard squeak when turning. Squeak from steering gear bushing. Replaced steering gear with updated part (#PI0029C). Set front toe and test drove. Noise gone. 
38000 mi Power steering leak; hose replaced. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

54000 mi

US $250
Front stabilizer bar and bushings needed to be replaced. 
168000 mi Power Steering pump leaking- this is the 2nd time having this replaced (First time around 110K) 
39000 mi

US $127
Tortion bar links?? 
84000 mi

US $60
Say bar link on the passenger side broke. Replaced rear springs and shocks, replaced from struts. 
67000 mi noise in front end slight metallic noise in front end at about 30mph They replaced sway control arm on driver side It took care of the problem !! 
84000 mi noise in front end- this is the second time this was replaced 
17000 mi Mechanic said he heard "popping" when wheel turned. Ordered parts. 
27000 mi noise in steering column however further diagnosis proved to be rack boot 
10000 mi p/steering pump noise drivers seat lumbar steering column clunk brake pedal squeak rear hatch trim replacement 
31000 mi Power Steering Cooler was leaking. 
62000 mi Replaced front stab. bar links 
107000 mi

US $300
replaced power steering pump and R/Front strut asm. 
21080 mi Power Steering Cooler Leak - Replaced 
42160 mi

C $337
Swaybar links loose - replaced. 
58920 mi Sway bar link loose. Replaced under parts warranty (replaced less than 1 year prior). 
104780 mi

C $1837
Rear end loudly squeaking over bumps and if bumper pushed down. Right rear upper trailing arm replaced and alignment performed. 
124000 mi

C $200
Right rear shock leaking. . Replaced both rear shocks. 
19220 mi 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 mi Driver's side rear shock replaced - leaking oil. 
37820 mi Tie rods worn out, replaced.  
87420 mi

C $600
Power steering oil cooler leaking - cooler was replaced. 

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2008 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

24000 mi Clicking noise heard upon turning steering wheel and hitting bumps. Steering column and upper strut mounts replaced. Noises are no longer heard. 
30000 mi Noticed whine in power steering pump. Power steering fluid was low, no leaks found. 
38000 mi Grinding noise while turning, dealer replaced steering gear and tie rods. TSB. 
64500 mi Replaced rack & pinion assembly due to large oil leak and whining noise. 
98700 mi Rack & Pinion in Power Steering leaking, would cost $1,200 to $2,000 to repair this and replace the transfer case, traded car. 
61000 mi

US $50
Clunk in steering column while turning steering wheel. Most noticeable when vehicle not (yet) moving--as if you were turning the wheel in anticipation of (parallel) parking. Steering column and rack both replaced. 
77000 mi Replaced struts and stabilizer bar links. 
93700 mi

US $548
Replaced both rear shocks and stabilizer links. 
50300 mi

US $490
Replaced Power Steering Pump 
10000 mi 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. 
69000 mi

US $212
Heard rattle when going over bumps 
27000 mi both rear shocks leaking 
41000 mi

US $825
steering rack was leaking fluid, it had to be replaced. 
64000 mi sway bar links bad 
34300 mi Took to Chevy dealer (Saturn dealer closed) for a clunking noise in the steering rack observed only when cold. Dealer says that GM is developing a TSB to repair, and that it's not a safety issue. Dealer will call back when GM provides the TSB. 
47000 mi

US $1175
Clunk in the steering when cold. Dealer replaced steering rack at no charge under Saturn extended warranty.  
51000 mi

US $175
Shaking and excessive bouncing noticed when going over bumps or at highway speed. Found that the right rear shock absorber was leaking fluid. Part not covered under extended warranty so I purchased and replaced both rear shocks myself.  

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2007 Saturn Outlook

Engine not specified

34000 mi Steering pump noise 

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2007 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

24000 mi Loud whining noise/vibration when steering after vehicle had warmed up. 
25200 mi RF & LF stabilizer bar links replaced 
34100 mi Whistling while turning was noticed. The power steering fluid was replaced(I was told it appeared to be black!)and the noise went away. 
78000 mi

US $138
Front struts were replaced 
65000 mi Noise (Scuff, squeak) in steering column (est. repair over $1200) said not to be dangerous. 
60000 mi

US $300
air in power steering line causing moaning. 
49158 mi Whining in power steering, noise internally in gear including clucking noise. Replaced steering gear E9740 2.4 add .7 for steering wheel alignment 
157000 mi

US $850
Replaced front shocks and struts. Uneven tire wear. 
7000 mi Low hum or whine from front end of vehicle that can be felt through steering wheel. Only noticeable at low speeds or when idling, problem is intermittant and seems to happen after driving at highway speeds for at least 30 minutes. Dealer could not duplica 
64000 mi

US $100
Power steering rack was replaced....it was making noise.  
37820 mi

C $550
Steering failure - could not turn wheel either direction at low RPMs. PS fluid was topped which reduced but not fixed problem. Dealer replaced PS pump and return line; problem continued, so dealer also replaced steering rack and gears. 
60140 mi Steering noisy. Dealer never fixed either problem. 
178300 mi

US $1000
Power steering pump, struts and belts 
28230 mi Whining noise from power steering pump corrected by following GM Bulletin #2038033 

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2007 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

126000 mi

US $900
Power Steering Pump replaced. We also had to replace the transmission at 119k, just 18 hours after purchasing the Outlook back in October '12. 
129300 mi

US $890
Steering rack replaced 
138000 mi

US $860
both shocks and struts replaced 
31000 mi CLUNKY RATTLE FROM FRONT END OF OUTLOOK. INSPECTION AT DEALER FOUND WORN SUSPENSION STABILIZER LINK BALL JOINTS ON BOTH SIDES. REPLACED PT. NOS 15127978 (2). KNOWN PROBLEM ON 2007 LAMDAS AND VUES PER SERVICE MANAGER. NOT A SAFETY ISSUE BUT AN ANNOYANCE. 
121700 mi

US $60
Replaced worn stabilizer bar links 
142000 mi Replace front control arm bushings and rear lateral control link on driver side. Not sure what's normal for these, but start to expect some this this with nearly 150K miles. 
24000 mi Suddenly became difficult to turn steering wheel, also car would go into low gear automatically when going downhil 
55000 mi

US $346
Front sway bar replaced. Faulty steering gear replaced. 
44020 mi Replace right front sway bar link. 
39000 mi

US $240
Loose front left stabilizer link 
51000 mi

US $235
Right front stabilizer link worn. Replaced 
75000 mi

US $434
Left Rear Control Arm replaced and wheels aligned 
86000 mi

US $1330
Power steering pump leak 
91000 mi

US $1250
Replace front struts and align Steering gear pinion shaft housing seal dry and noisy recommend replacing seal 
115500 mi

US $240
Replace loose left rear toe adjustment arm 
122300 mi

US $600
Replace Front Struts under lifetime warranty 
21000 mi Noisy power steering pump replaced. 
25000 mi vibration/noise in steering. Bled air bubbles out of fluid. 
34000 mi

US $100
Worn control arm. Heard slight clunking over small bumps. Replaced under extended warranty. 
32000 mi Noise coming from front end - possibly steering or braking system. Dealer noticed "air" in the steering system and topped off the fluid which indeed made the system quieter. The original noise is still there and unchanged. Another visit necessary. 
88000 mi Steering still making noise when sold. 
88000 mi

US $489
Steering boot linkage failing 
2000 mi Creaking noise in suspension, primarily when turning, noticeable at low speeds, when parking, etc 
60000 mi Car went in for oil change and I told them about a rattle in the front 
36000 mi Humming noise coming from the front of the car. Power steering fluid was found to be aerated. Air was bled out and fluid topped off. 
38000 mi Heard a rattle noise coming from the front end, especially over bumps. Dealer replaced right from sway bar link. 
35000 mi Squeaking while turning steering wheel, replaced steering column. 

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2007 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

36000 mi

US $100
a grating sound occurs when steering wheel is turned. mechanic thought lubrication of a "boot" would cure problem, but it did not. mechanic willing to disassemble steering column to diagnose, but said parts not in stock, week in shop needed 
51000 mi

US $339
Power steering hum. Dealer replaced power steering pump. I payed for system flush, and PS fluid. 
68000 mi

US $260
Replaced Steering Gear Housing. Flushed, bled PS system 
77000 mi

US $310
RT FRONT STRUT NEEDED TO BE ADJUSTED TO ALLOW PROPER ALIGNMENT. ALL FOUR TIRES WORE BADLY ON THE INSIDE EDGES BEFORE REPLACEMENT, STRUT WORK, AND RE-ALIGNMENT. 
101300 mi

US $600
Power steering pump and steering drive mechanism 
19000 mi There was a noise when turning the steering wheel. The mechanic told me about it when I took it in for oil change. 
13000 mi Clicking noise when turning, front strut mount replaced. 
17360 mi Truck had a sound similar to a power steering whine even after parking. The sound worsened the longer the truck ran. Diagnosis: Power steering pump is leaking, parts ordered. Truck can be driven in the meantime. (warranty repair) 
17980 mi Power steering pump had been ordered prior trip, was replaced this trip. 
26040 mi Leak in the steering system noticed during visual inspection done during routine service visit. Technical service bulletin indicated updated replacement part available. Part was on hand and dealer successfully replaced. 
28520 mi Whining when turning tightly. Mechanic noticed vehicle seemed bumpy during test drive for complaint of steering whining. 
29140 mi

C $891
Mechanic noticed bumpy ride when doing test drive for whining noise reported in February repair trip. Diagnosed as being front struts having leaked. 
36580 mi

C $540
Power steering pump. (3rd replacement over lifetime of car.) 
7000 mi Power Steering Pump whine. 
36000 mi Power steering pump replaced 
97000 mi

US $601
My car started to bounce more prominantly. Found out that the front struts are worn out and not functioning well. I got the front struts replaced. 

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2007 Saturn Outlook 4dr SUV

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

4340 mi steering pump failed 
29760 mi Struts 

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2007 Saturn Outlook 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

4000 mi Front strut bearings creak when wheels turned. Both need to be replaced. 
5000 mi Strut bearings replaced and LF strut. RF suspension still creaked. Both front strut bearings were replaced with upgraded parts. Both front struts were replaced with upgraded parts. Creaking in front suspension is now gone. 

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