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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems

3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,569 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.

2008 Saturn Outlook lights problems

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2008 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 012013

Outlook

  • miles

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

2008 Saturn Outlook. Consumer request information on vehicle headlight issues. The consumer stated both headlights, failed on the vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Apr 022012

Outlook

  • 49,000 miles
Started vehicle and noticed passanger side low beam was out checked bulb and the light socket was very hot and melted around the plug.

- Pass Christian, MS, USA

problem #11

Aug 182011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2008 Saturn Outlook headlamp wiring harness melted on drivers side (3rd time this has occurred). This is a safety issue!

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #10

Aug 012011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

I have 130,000 miles on my 2008 Saturn Outlook and I have had to replace the headlight wire harnesses on both sides and multiple light bulbs. The most recent time I replaced the lightbulb ~30 days ago and it is burnt out already.

- Cassopolis, MI, USA

problem #9

Jan 152009

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2008 Saturn Outlook which I purchased new. I have had multiple problems with the front headlight wiring harness burning out/melting. This has happened twice to both headlights. The first time this happened I was able to have the dealer (GM at that time) fix the problem under warranty. The last 3 times I have had to pay for this myself since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. GM was willing to fix it, but not cover the cost, so I took it to my local repair shop because it was less expensive there.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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problem #8

Mar 152011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
We have a 2008 Saturn Outlook. Headlight on driver's side went out; paid $117 to have fixed; same light went out and dealer fixed it N/C, and replaced harness. Now passenger side has gone out twice..on our way to dealer to look at the situation.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 122011

Outlook

  • 52,000 miles

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

Low beam driver's side headlamp on Saturn Outlook. Bulb appeared to fail but on further inspection of the wiring harness it was melted at the connector. This happened in Jan/Feb of 2011 and now (Jul) the passenger side is out. Replaced the light bulb initially on both only to have it continuously go out. Inspecting wiring harness on the passenger side later today. This clearly appears to be a fire hazard.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #6

Dec 202010

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Low beam headlight went out in December 2010. Replaced bulb. Light went out again in July 2011. Wire casing is melted. Known issue with GM/Saturn.

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #5

Sep 202010

Outlook

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. The contact entered the vehicle and was unable to activate the low beam headlights. The high beam headlights would function but not the low beams. The contact attempted to replace the low beam head light bulbs herself and noticed that each wiring harness was melted. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where the wiring harnesses were being repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 122010

Outlook

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. The contact was driving 35 mph when the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was discovered that the wiring harness had overheated and melted. The dealer replaced the passenger side headlights at the contact's expense. The driver side headlight was repaired by the contact. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 48,000.

- Hessmer, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 242009

Outlook

  • miles

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

I was having problems with my headlights and when I brought into the shop I was told the wires were melted together and would need to replace the harness. I just bought this truck it was an 08 when I bought it and it was only 7 months old for me not even 2 yrs old to date and this is the second major thing I have go wrong in a so called reliable vehicle.

- Poplar Grove, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 032009

Outlook 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that upon inspection, he noticed that the passenger front head lamp was inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician concluded that wiring harness had melted and caused the bulb to fail. He then added that the other head lamp would soon fail. The vehicle was repaired at an expense of$ $360. The failure mileage was 41,000. The current mileage was 42,000. Updated 10/27/09. Updated 10/29/09.

- Edmond , OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 132008

Outlook

  • 40,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. While driving approximately 25 mph, the drivers side headlight suddenly stopped functioning. The dealer informed the contact that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 44400.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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