Chart based on 58 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
2008 Saturn Outlook
Engine not specified
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.
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.
Noise in front. Struts were replaced.
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
Noise from steering. Steering rack replaced.
Steering wheel noise, possible pump failure
Power steering pump failing over several months. Researched issue and started with power steering pump. May need rack system replaced soon as well.
Replaced power steering cooler second time under warranty.
Clicking noise from steering column. Needs column to be replaced. Parts on order.
New steering column ordered from US arrived and was fitted by dealer.
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.
Loose rods in the steering made knocking noise. Rods re-aligned and tightened.
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.
Awful squeaking from rear left suspension strut. Sounded like an old taxi. Now quiet thankfully.
Recurrence of noisy steering pump. Told it needed replacing, so it was done! Bit worrying for a car less than three years old.
Power steering whine. Power steering fluid leak from temperature as noted in TSB.
Replaced rack & pinion assembly due to large oil leak and whining noise.
Rack & Pinion in Power Steering leaking, would cost $1,200 to $2,000 to repair this and replace the transfer case, traded car.
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.
Clunk in the steering when cold. Dealer replaced steering rack at no charge under Saturn extended warranty.
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.
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.
Heard rattle when going over bumps
Clicking noise heard upon turning steering wheel and hitting bumps. Steering column and upper strut mounts replaced. Noises are no longer heard.
Noticed whine in power steering pump. Power steering fluid was low, no leaks found.
Grinding noise while turning, dealer replaced steering gear and tie rods. TSB.
both rear shocks leaking both rear shocks leaking
steering rack was leaking fluid, it had to be replaced.
sway bar links bad
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.
Replaced struts and stabilizer bar links. Steering rack was replaced (2nd time), since original dealer did not replace washers/shims when the first rack was replaced.