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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,023 miles

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2007 Saturn Outlook drivetrain problems

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2007 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #86

Jun 272014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


While turning across 2 oncoming lanes into a shopping center in my 2007 Saturn Outlook, I suddenly had no power to the wheels. No power in drive or reverse. Luckily, no oncoming vehicles. Towed to dealership who advised transmission was destroyed. Cost to replace- $3950, and transmission is on back-order. Vehicle is still at dealership waiting for parts as of 07/06/14. Outlook was purchased new and has been serviced regularly. It has only been driven by my wife and I and has never been used to tow. Research has shown this to be too common of a safety problem for a vehicle with 58,000 miles.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #85

Sep 302012


  • 97,000 miles
This car is a lemon. We bought the car used from a GM dealership in Sept 2012. In retrospect, it was a sign from above indicating it was a lemon however we held out faith. The first problem, not even 2 weeks after buying the car, the water pump blew. The thermostat then broke only a few months later. Another repair. Then the monster came --- timing chain! the timing chain broke! just awful! thankfully, we discovered a 120,000 warranty thing that included the timing chain, otherwise this pos would've been dumped off at the nearest junkyard. So, that was all fine and dandy until several months later the brakes wouldn't have pressure behind the pedal. We had to replace lines, pads, rotors, the whole kit and caboodle since that was all broken. Okay, so we fixed that. Ugh. We started talking about replacing the vehicle, but soon discovered we would owe more on vehicle than what it is worth. Everything was fine and calm and peaceful for quite some time. Then the one time we go to use the lift gate to unload some boxes, sure enough -- the lift gate wouldn't open!! the stupid switch went out on that! what?!!! they had to take the whole flipping door off the car in order to get to the stupid switch! it was locked shut. It wasn't a tragically expensive repair, so we paid it, moved on. Now, this is the thing that has really irked me. Noticed while driving the car's transmission jerks at 20-30 mph, and in reverse. So we called up the dealership, explained what it was, they test drove it, said "ooohhhh, it's probably the wave plate inside the transmission." -- you'll need to purchase a remanufactured transmission from GM, or you'll need to have it rebuilt, but they're about the same price (about $500 difference). I was sucker punched. You win again GM! you're cheaply made crap and now my wallet is hemorrhaging again! I will never buy GM again! ever! piece of crap vehicles!

- Redwood Falls, MN, USA

problem #84

Apr 242014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Very scary. We went on a short vacation in pa and while we were going up a hill, my vehicle suddenly would not shift into gear. We were traveling about 27 mph and the engine RPM went to 7000. I have to quickly pull off the road and call for roadside assistance. Soon after this incident, the check engine light came on. We were towed to the local gas station and the mechanic said it's a transmission problem and would cost over a $1000. I went on the web did some research and found out that this GM module been having transmission problem and GM did absolute noting to resolve this. This is the first time I bough GM and it will be the last.

- South Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #83

Nov 042013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 141,796 miles


My vehicle transmission has had problems since I purchased my vehicle with 36K miles. The vehicle transmission has made grinding noises, been stuck in both forward and reverse gears, and had been serviced four times for various conditions. I do not haul trailers with my Outlook. It is a family passenger car. 6 months ago I had a rebuilt transaxle put in at my expense, thinking this would remedy any ongoing transmission problems. Unfortunately, this new transmission has begun to slip when engaged from park to reverse. I have 155K on my Saturn, but only 10K on this new transaxle. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. I will not be looking to replace this vehicle with a GM. Their lack of acknowledgement of the existence of any problems with the Saturn/acadia/traverse transmission has cost them several sales. I have gone out of my way to warn my friends that they should think twice before considering the purchase of one of these GM SUV models.

- New Prague, MN, USA

problem #82

May 112014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Traveling at 70mph on I 75 and rpms increased and speed decreased almost causing the truck behind me to rear end the vehicle. Got off on first exit and parked to look things over and no obvious problems. Tried to put car in reverse and nothing only 1st gear of the automatic transmission operating. After hours of research this appears to be a common problem with this transmission. If this has not caused a fatal accident yet I am positive it will soon.

- North Branch, MI, USA

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problem #81

Apr 172014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Vehicle has just over 82000 miles on it. Transmission started shifting hard. 4 days later, driving on the interstate the vehicle suddenly lunged and the RPM's went way up. The car would no longer shift and will not shift into reverse. After much research we have pages hundreds and hundreds of people with the same issues. There is premature wear of the internal transmission parts. Why hasn't this been recalled?

- Russellville, MO, USA

problem #80

Apr 152014


  • 34,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the wave plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 34,000. The VIN was not available.

- Southern Pines, NC, USA

problem #79

Apr 122014


  • 44,000 miles
Same kind of story as that of many others. On the road, the Outlook's transmission began to slip and engine rev went high before the next shift. One difference is that in our case, we were driving home from a hospital, hours after my wife's sister died there that day. We did not need that. For the record, the dealer quoted $3750 to fix or offered $3000 in trade toward another car. Haven't decided yet. We have other things on our mind. The funeral is Wednesday.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #78

Sep 142007


  • miles
TL- the contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that the ignition module failed, causing the vehicle to stall sporadically and without warning for years. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure several times but did not provide a remedy for the failure. The contact stated there was a noise upon driving the vehicle and various warning sensors illuminate on the instrument panel each time the vehicle was driven. The warning sensors show service traction, service engine light, service air bags, service ABS brake system indicators. There was a leak in the sunroof which was diagnosed and repaired by an authorized dealer. The diagnosis was to replace the track. After the repair the failure happened again. The contact stated that the vehicle does not shift in and out of gear properly. The contact had to press the gas pedal hard to accelerate the vehicle. The gas gage reads intermittently. The brakes are not working. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer multiple times and the failures still recurr. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. Dyd

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #77

Sep 242013


  • 42,000 miles
As I was driving with my daughter, all of a sudden the check engine light came on and an error came across the dash stating the transmission was hot, idle engine. So, I pulled over to the side of the road and let the car sit for a few minutes. Started car back up and all was fine. This has happened several times over the last year. Not always getting the error message, because I think I have learned when transmission is not shifting properly. Vehicle's rmp's will go high, but never shift back down into gear while driving on highway. Once it does this, I have to pull over and turn the car off. Once I start back driving, it shifts properly again. Until I have to go up a hill, and I give it more gas to get up the hill and it will shift out of gear again, and not ever go back. This is dangerous because at times it makes the car drop in speed suddenly on the highway !!!!

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #76

Mar 082014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently to 30 mph without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the failure was contributed to a fractured wave plate, in which the fragments caused severe damage to the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Lagrange , OH, USA

problem #75

Feb 222014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The day of the purchase (12/2012) of the vehicle, the engine light came on. I contacted the dealership who I purchased the vehicle from (Kia dealership) and was informed the truck was probably low on gas. The following day, I called and physically visited the dealership and was told they could not help me. For me to seek GMC.. during my visit with ed morse GMC in tampa, a diagnostic was performed and tons of recalls populated which they were pleasant enough in fixing. Nothing was done about the engine light as they were unable to locate the problem. On Feb 15, 2014, I headed on the interstate to drop of my son and the truck jerked. I had to immediately make my way three lanes to pull over bc the truck started to shut down. Once I pulled over, it didn't want to go into drive. I waited approximately 30-45 minutes, turned on the car, put it on drive and nothing. I then placed it in neutral and it began to drive, I placed it in drive and it began to reverse. I was able to make it home after almost a 2 hours? drive at 25-30 mph because it would not go any faster than that. Days after, the truck seemed fine. I took it again to ed morse GMC in tampa who informed many codes populated (again) but was in history. The mechanic stated to come back in two weeks to have it retested. Documents were provided to me. Every code was part of the powertrain/ transmission. I didn't get the chance to bring it back as scheduled because a few days after; Feb 22, I headed for drill (nation guard) and the truck started to shut down where a semi almost reared me to death. Thankfully he swerved and I had to immediately merge onto the grass. I waited a few minutes not knowing what to do because I was so angry and nervous that I return home to get my wife's car. Upon my return home on the 23rd, I went to crank up the truck and nothing. The vehicle is now disabled and sits in my driveway.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #74

Jan 112014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Transmission failure! I was trying to park, the reverse control didn't work properly, check engine came on. After few hours parked, I went back home, the speed wasn't working (RPM 3 and 4 speed 35) and the light was still on. I got home, a mechanic came over to check it, he said it was the transmission. I took it to GMC, they worked the recalls (?? I don't know still what recalls they work on it), and told me it is the transmission. I have to pay $4,500 if I want a new one, $200 less if I want an used one or rebuild. Since it is more that 5 years old, no warranty on in. I still owe $11000 on this vehicle.

- San Juan, TX, USA

problem #73

Dec 022013


  • miles
The vehicle suffered transmission problems. Dealer diagnosed the well-known wave plate breakage issue. This problem has been we-documented for years in vehicles with this transmission, and GM has issued various technical bulletins regarding the problem. Why is there no recall for this dangerous problem? transmission failure can occur at any time, even while driving.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #72

Jul 012013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
When attempting to leave the grocery store and placing the vehicle in reverse nothing happened. It was then placed back into park and reverse again and again nothing happened. The third time this was done it went into reverse with no problem. When driving anything below 40 mph. The vehicle would shift very hard. It would jerk and almost act as though it was in neutral the RPM's would jump before going to the next gear. I took it into the dealership to have it looked at only to hear back from them that it was in fact the transmission and it would cost me about $5,000 to replace it. I had purchased this vehicle about 6 months prior to this incident.

- Des Moines , IA, USA

problem #71

Dec 182013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 159,160 miles
While driving my 2007 Saturn Outlook the engine stalled and came right back on. The engine light came on and the transmission would not shift out of 2 nd gear. I pull over put it in park sat there for a few minutes. I put it in drive and it went into gear. I'm very upset to learn it will cost me $6000 to repair the transmission and timing chain which is a problem GM is very aware of. I think they should take care of the problem due to many people having the same issues with this type of vehicle. I have only owned this vehicle for just over a year. And paid good money for the vehicle. So if they know there is a problem they should fix it.

- Waterloo, IN, USA

problem #70

Dec 012013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 79,034 miles
Transmission began slipping during long interstate trip. After a rest stop, transmission would not shift out of a low gear on freeway even when traveling at 60-70 mph. Warning light (transmission overheat) came on and we were able to make it to the next exit. Power train completely failed and we had to have the car towed and find a hotel to stay at overnight. GM dealer found 35R wave plate broken and sever metal debris throughout transmission. Transmission needed to be replaced at our expense.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #69

Dec 032013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 78,500 miles
I own a 2007 Saturn Outlook xe (fwd). After a few days of a bit of an odd hitch in the gears automatically shifting, the transmission went out. After a brief stop and then attempting to accelerate again it was as if the vehicle was stuck in neutral. We had it towed to a nearby mechanic where we were notified that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle has approximately 78,500 miles.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #68

Nov 082013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 82,747 miles
While driving on the freeway, my check engine light went on. I pulled off the freeway and the car went into "limp home" mode. I was able to restart the car out of limp mode and drove to a repair shop. A GM certified repair facility determined that the transmission was damaged due to a failed 35R wave plate. This is a common problem with 2007 and 2008 Outlooks, GMC acadias, and Buick enclaves. This problem as been referenced under NHTSA case number [xxx] and bulletin 09-07-30-012. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #67

Dec 012013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 80,589 miles
Took a trip out of town this weekend and started noticing the transmission slipping when switching gears which activated the check engine light. Thankfully made it home before it got worse. Next day drove it around the block and was slipping all over the place. Pulled over to my house and parked. Turned off, turned back on. Tried to go in reverse and was unable as if in neutral. Still can go forward but major slippage. Doing research this is a very common issues with these vehicles. This page alone has 100+ and 10+ in the last month. GM and NHTSA need to realize this issue and get that recall going!

- Odessa, TX, USA

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