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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,218 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.

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2009 Saturn Outlook lights problems

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2009 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Aug 252009


  • 45,000 miles


Passenger headlamp went out. On my 2009 Saturn Outlook. Took the vehicle to the GM dealership for repair and found there was a fire in the wiring harness that controls the headlamps.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 142010


  • 27,000 miles
2009 Saturn Outlook, driver side hid headlight has quit working (less than 27K miles). I assume the headlight lamp or bulb is burnt out, owners manual directs the owner to have dealership perform the repairs.

- Nebraska City, NE, USA

problem #5

Jul 242010


  • 32,000 miles
Low beam outage driver and passenger sides 2009 Saturn Outlook. An excessive amount of current causes a melting of the weak wiring and connector assemblies on both low beam headlights causing the leads to carbon coat and in effect become non conductive. Due to the outage and ill placement of the headlamps (too deep into the assembly) if one or both the headlamps become non functional, the vehicle becomes a hazard to drive during minimal light conditions.

- Carthage, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 152010


  • 52,000 miles


Replace both headlight harnesses on my 2009 Saturn Outlook twice already. Going in for a third time for the driver's side headlight harness. Lights are needed for night time driving.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #3

Jun 172010


  • 26,000 miles
Headlamps burn out without warning after only a few months. Have been replaced twice in one year. Wire harness is melting.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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problem #2

Mar 092010


  • 18,000 miles
Driver side low beam head light went out. Also day time driving light on driver side out. I was told by dealership repair that the wire harness needs to be replaced.

- Edmond , OK, USA

problem #1

Feb 232010


  • 39,000 miles
The low-beam headlights in my 2009 Saturn Outlook have a severe safety issue -- they are failing regularly now, wish poses a major issue when it occurs at night. I purchased the car used from a local dealer in November 2009, and while I was test driving it, the right low-beam bulb burned out. To my knowledge, this was the original bulb and it was to be expected that it would need to be replaced after 35000 miles. However, in early February 2010, the same bulb went out again, this time simultaneous to the left low-beam bulb burning out (the expected burn-out of the original bulb), leaving me with no headlights at night. The dealer informed me that the harness for the right bulb had melted and would have to be replaced along with the bulb. They performed the service free-of-charge. Now, less than two weeks later, the right headlight is out again, and I am taking it in for repair. I have read complaints from many 2007 and 2008 Saturn Outlook owners with the identical problem, but none yet for the 2009 model year, presumably because few 2009S have as many miles as mine does at this time. This repeated failure is both (1) very dangerous and (2) very costly. When a fix or recall is issued for the 2007 and 2008 model years, it needs to be carried forward for the 2009 model year, as it is clear that Saturn used the same assembly for all three years and the 2009S are having the same problem as the earlier models.

- Evansville, IN, USA

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