really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,271 miles

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2008 Saturn Outlook seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #5

Jul 072011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • miles


In carwash and during rain, water runs in through both driver and passenger side airbag ports in the front, through the dvd player, through the passenger side visor, through the top part of the windshield. Following first incident the radio began to short out, indicating the water had effected the electrical system, the dvd player no longer works, and following the first incident the "check airbag system" light came on and has remained on. The dealer cannot tell me if the airbags will work properly. Repairs by the dealer have not resolved the problem. Is this vehicle safe to drive if water is effecting the electrical system and the airbags" I can hear water sloshing around but the water cannot be seen. There is a damp, musty smell in the vehicle leading me to believe that water is pooling somewhere......is it in the airbag system"

- Brandon, SD, USA

problem #4

Feb 102011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. The contact entered the vehicle and was unable to activate the low beam headlight passenger side. The high beam headlights would function but not the low beams. Took the vehicle to a repair shop and was informed that the wiring harness was melted. The wiring harnesses was replaced. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 42,000. The consumer received an air bag recall notice. Even though the air bag light was not on, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer anyway. Six months later, the air bag light illuminated. The consumer was under the assumption, the issue was taken care of. However, the dealer stated the problem was a seat module and it was not covered by the recall. Updated 01/21/15.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 062011


  • miles
2 complaints about the Outlook...first, the airbag. We have had it fixed 5 times! the dealer re-routed it, put it back, replaced wiring, but to no avail. And it appears again that it needs to be serviced. This problem has been going on for over a year. Then 2nd the driver's side low light beam went out....replaced bulb three times and it didn't hold a charge for about a few days each. GM definitely need to look at these problems. I am very frustrated that a car that just goes out of warranty has problems that need major fixing.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 132008


  • 13,241 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Outlook. While driving at an unknown speed she noticed the air bag light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure but the computer system was reset to clear the air bag light. The failure recurred four times. After each failure the vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where various repairs were performed; however, the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 13,241. The current mileage was 40,000.

- Fife, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 192008


  • 4,365 miles
Want to pursue the "lemon law" on a 2008 Saturn Outlook. Vehicle has only 20K miles on it but has been to dealer 5X for repair of air bag system. The vehicle manual clearly states in the warranty that when the service air bag light comes on it needs to be serviced by the dealer. The issue is one of safety in that the air bags may not deploy when needed and/or can deploy without incident. Said vehicle was in 2X the month of April 2010, making it the 5th time for repairs on the air bag system. I no longer feel safe driving the car much less transporting other children under these circumstances.

- Shelby Twp, MI, USA

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