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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,198 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Saturn Outlook transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 102011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 52,745 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We were driving when all of the sudden our transmission started to shift erratically. When we were at a stop sign, I went to pull out and relized that we had lost the first 2 gears and were almost hit by an on coming vehicle when the car failed to move at the right speed. This is a problem that needs to be dealt with before some is injured or killed.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012010

Outlook

  • 88,475 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact was driving 70 mph when the transmission failed. There was an unusual increase in engine rpms and the vehicle would not shift into fifth gear. The vehicle was slowly driven back to her residence. Later the vehicle was driven and the third gear stopped working. She stated the vehicle attempted to independently shift from second to third gear but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times where the dealer replaced the clutch plate and other damaged parts. The transmission seals and sensor were also replaced due to a leak. The dealer also cleaned metal shavings from the transmission twice. The vehicle was repaired at the manufacturer expense. The failure mileage was 88,475 and the current mileage was 95,972.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 242010

Outlook

  • 55,000 miles
I have experienced only issues all year with my 2007 Saturn Outlook. It has 55,000 miles and in June 2010 the wiring short circuited behind the steering wheel causing the theft security lock system to go into effect assuming the car was being hot-wired. It cost me over $300 to fix at the dealer and had to be towed. Then the dealer said my inside fuse box was completely corroded from water and they would need to fix the leak my sunroof was causing. The dealer has made 6 attempts to fix and I just picked up my car this morning, hopefully after the final attempt. Now my breaks are causing issues, the break pedal softens and goes down to almost the floor when pressed every 4th or 5th time and it is drinking brake fluid, I need to take it this weekend to check for a leak. Not to mention my power steering is making loud whining sounds every time that I move the steering wheel. Oh, and my passenger side low beam headlight has gone out a few times and my husband has had to access the back of it to replace it but it continues to go out. Oh, and my transmission caused problems two weeks ago and the dealer fixed it under my powertrain warranty.. 55,000 miles and this car is giving me issues as if I'm over 200,000 miles!

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #5

May 072009

Outlook

  • 1,600 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. While turning the vehicle, the contact heard a loud popping sound in the steering column. She also experienced gear slippage. On one occasion, while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the transmission and steering column. Several weeks after the repair, the failure resurfaced. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and they replaced the coolant lines. Immediately after the repair, the transmission failed again. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer would not assist. The failure mileage was 1,600 and current mileage was 50,000.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152008

Outlook

  • 10,806 miles
Vehicle has lags (car doesn't pick up speed when accelerator is pressed down) at several different speeds. Most noticeable is the 40 mile an hour range. Several times I have been attempting to get on highway and not be able to advance the vehicle in a safe manner. One time, a truck was very close to hitting me, because it took about 2 seconds for my vehicle to respond to the accelerator. Dealer has performed 3 software updates (dealer has admitted that these updates have been provided to the consumer and have been instructed to perform these updates) to the transmission, but the problem is still occurring and they claim that there's nothing else they can do.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052007

Outlook

  • 854 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. When the contact purchased the vehicle, there was a recall on the transmission that was never repaired. While driving 65 mph, she noticed transmission failure when the gears became difficult to shift. The vehicle would also remain stuck in high RPM's while attempting to slow down. The contact stated that the vehicle sounded as if it would explode. The dealer performed a computer update on the transmission, but it did not remedy the failure. Furthermore, a strut spontaneously became bent, which caused the steering wheel to jerk at a 90 degree angle. The dealer repaired the strut. The contact smelled gasoline multiple times coming from her vehicle. The dealer was unable to identify the origin of the smell and could not assist. The current mileage was approximately 26,500 and failure mileage was approximately 854.

- Union, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 012007

Outlook 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that the vehicle would roll backwards on an incline when the brake pedal was released. The dealer stated that this is normal transmission operation as compared to similar models. The current mileage is 1,722 and failure mileage was 100. The consumer stated the vehicle continues to roll back on an incline until brake is engaged. Updated 09/05/07

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 112007

Outlook 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2007 Saturn Outlook and am very disappointed on the shifting of the transmission into higher gears at low speeds. If I am traveling around 45 to 50 mph the transmission shifted into 6th gear, dropping the tachometer around 1100 to 1200 rpms. This, in turn, put a strain on the engine, and when the accelerator was stepped on, the car rumbled and the floord boards actually vibrated. It was annoying, and it upset me that the manufacturer will not correct the shifting problem because it will change the fuel economy of the vehicle.

- Cortland, OH, USA

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