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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,246 miles

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2008 Saturn Outlook fuel system problems

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2008 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 082015

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


After a night of sub-zero temperatures, I turned my car on in the garage to warm up prior to loading my children in the vehicle. When we were all set, I pull out of the garage and continue to leave the driveway down the street when all the sudden my car begins to shake and my dashboard panel starts communicating multiple errors, including "engine powered down", "service stabilitrack", "traction control off" as well as the engine light going on. While all this is going on, my car stops excelling and literally stops me on the road only allowing me to accelerate to 1 RPM and maybe going 5 miles at most. After slowly maneuvering out of traffic, I turned my car on and off a few times without any luck. After talking to a service technician, I was going to get it towed for them to look at it. I turned the car off while I was talking to then, and then randomly turned it back on since it was cold, and all the errors went away and the car was moving properly. After another day of driving it, I was driving on the highway, and as I exited on the ramp and came to a stop light, the whole processed happened again. I had to take it in at this point, since I felt extremely unsafe in the vehicle, knowing it could stop operating randomly when driving. It turns out that it generated an engine power down code because the throttle was affected. Code P1516. There is a technical service bulletin (tsb) out for this apparent issue, but I am uncertain how this isn't a recall for this vehicle and other models who are experiencing it, considering it literally stops your car in the middle of traffic. With my two children in the car, I was extremely scared and didn't know what to do. If you car stops operating properly when driving that is definitely a safety hazard for you and your passengers as well as other drivers.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 032013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Was driving on hwy. At 60 mph when engine began to rev and then when I came to stoplight and took off, the car would not go over 30 mph.and would jerk and then as I continued to try to get speed because of others behind me-it would not go. Had to drive 30 mph for two hours to get only 40 miles. Transmission needs to be replaced and GM is not standing behind their product. This is a hazard and there are sooo many complaints with problems just like this and no recall yet-really-so will one be made when someone is killed in an accident. Also when this began I had a 1/2 tank of gas, when I got to dealership-2 hours later-the car was on E!!!!!!!! horrible gas mileage on this too now. Passenger airbag says needs to be serviced-was like this when we purchased and dealer said they would fix-never did and this is a safety concern because it means the passenger is not safe in this vehicle, but then again, none of us are because of GM-am going to begin process with small claims court regarding all of these issues. Horrible vehicle and GM should be ashamed-no wonder I always bought non american made cars-shame on us for thinking GM would be good since it was made in usa.

- Callao, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012009

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that the engine stalled when the accelerator was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 4,500 and the current mileage was 41,000. Updated 11/07/11 updated 06/13/2012

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

May 032010


  • 42,730 miles
The gas pedal on my 2008 Saturn Outlook has stuck in the full throttle position four times since I purchased the vehicle. The latest was just today when I pulled out into traffic and to merge with them I applied full throttle. When I released the throttle the car just kept accelerating because the gas pedal was stuck under the floor mat. I had to put the car in neutral, pull off the road, and adjust the floor mat to release the gas pedal. This is easily reproducible and has happened four times already.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 062009


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. The contact started the ignition and the "check engine" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. In addition, the fuel gauge indicator displayed " empty fuel" at any given fuel level capacity. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection on two separate occasions. The failures were contributed to the cam shaft sensor and fuel level sensor. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 11,000 and the current mileage was 25,000.

- Cortland , NY, USA

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