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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

drivetrain problem

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2007 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #6

Jul 202012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


Our transmission went out on 20 July 2012. It was under a 5yr/ 100,000 miles warranty. It had 87000 miles at that time. It was 2 months past the 5 yr part of the warranty. GM was no help in the repair because of this. They know this transmission is a known problem yet refuse to acknowledge it. I feel it should be recalled.

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 102012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
Vehicle came out of gear and stopped moving. Could not put it in forward or reverse. GM mechanic diagnosed it as a bad wave plate, allegedly by only looking at the drained transmission fluid which contained substantial filings. Research online has revealed countless complaints that are similar, some harrowingly more dangerous, having to do with sudden up or down shifting and revving at speed. GM has issued tsb 09-07-30-012A which states that the wave plate is to be replaced when any transmission work is done. Please follow one such forum description and subsequent discussions by similarly effected Saturn Outlook owners at you will see on Saturn Outlook forum general discussions page that the transmission problem is the most commonly posted topic. There are similar results at!keywords=allin%3amsgtext%20limit%3A.F171273%20outlookdriver#msg419. Also effected are the other GM vehicles with the same transmission: 2008-2009 Buick enclave 2008-2009 Chevrolet equinox, Malibu 2009 Chevrolet traverse 2007-2009 GMC acadia 2007-2009 Pontiac G6 2008-2009 Pontiac torrent 2007-2009 Saturn aura, Outlook 2008-2009 Saturn vue all equipped with 6T70/75 6-speed automatic transmission (rpos MH2, MH4, MH6 or MY9).

- Unadilla, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 172012


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that as he attempted to merge into traffic driving 15 mph the transmission failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the 3-5-R gear wave plate malfunctioned which kept the vehicle from accelerating. As a result, the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 232012


  • 66,000 miles


While traveling home from a vacation, made a brief stop, once the car reached 35 mph the transmission slipped and we lost all ability to accelerate. Engine rpms would increase with no acceleration, engine temperature spiked. Coasted to a stop on side of road and checked fluid levels.after restarting, had lost 3rd, 5th and reverse. Drove car 10 miles in 2nd gear to only repair shop in 50 mile radius. Mechanic hoped for bad solenoid but unfortunately the entire transmission was damaged. 3 months out of warranty, GM will not assist financially. New GM transmission replaced in vehicle $3200 later.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #2

May 122012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Issue began as a jerky movement in reverse. A few days later, high engine rpms were noticed during acceleration which eventually led to the check engine light being lit and the transmission being disengaged. No gears were operating and car was able to be pulled off the main roads with no incidents. Many online forums describe a similar issue with the GMC acadia, Chevrolet traverse, and Buick enclave as well and across several model years for each vehicle.

- Holland, MI, USA

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problem #1

Apr 082012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 57,168 miles
While driving with my family on the highway, we began to experience unusual gear shifting. It felt as though the vehicle didn't know which gear to be in. We made it home, and then a few hours later I started the car and the transmission was making the sound of a fan being spun way too fast. We started to drive and the gear shifting was again erratic. After stopping to check it then getting back on the road we no longer had the first 3 gears. I would have to press on the gas peddle almost to the floor to get the car moving again. I called GM and they said take it to a dealership for a diagnoses [our local dealership is horrible]. they said if it's found to be manufacturer they "may" be able to help us, but that our power-train warranty expired the month before so there wouldn't be any guarantees. I followed my gut and decided to remain a person and not a number by taking it to a local transmission repair shop with a great reputation. They called this morning and said I'll be needing a new transmission. A few minutes later the GM rep called and said they wouldn't be able to help me out (he looked into it for me). This is only 3 months after the power steering pump failed. Before that it was the passenger airbag sensor that went out.

- Ventura, CA, USA

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