NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Outlook (Page 5 of 5)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,672 miles

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2007 Saturn Outlook electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #20

Sep 042010


  • 25,000 miles


I have a Saturn Outlook and the headlights keep going out. I have replaced the bulbs 4 times. The old bulbs are not the problem it is somewhere else in the system. This has been an on going problem to be driving at night and have no headlights. Not having headlights at night could get someone killed.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #19

Jul 262010


  • 43,000 miles
The low beam headlight wiring harness melted and had to be replaced by the dealer at a cost of $250. I replaced the headlights 4 times in the first 6 months of 2010 before I learned about the problem with the wiring harness on the Saturn forum.

- Rockmart, GA, USA

problem #18

May 172010


  • miles
07 Saturn Outlook headlight failure. Replaced front right headlight with cost of approximately $500 due to the wires melting. Soon after replacing front right headlight the front left headlight went out. Dealership is stating cost would be $500 due to wires melting.

- New Roads, LA, USA

problem #17

Apr 122010


  • miles


My 2007 Saturn Outlook headlight went out April of 2010, the headlight is extremely difficult to get to. I have repaired this same headlight 3-times and now it is out again. This is a safety issue and the wire harness should be recalled. This issue needs to be addressed asap! very frustrating to a Saturn Outlook owner.

- Glen Burnie , MD, USA

problem #16

Aug 042010


  • 40,000 miles
I have a Saturn Outlook and the front headlamps are flickering and sometimes going out completely. This is a very unsafe condition and all Outlook owners should be notified asap.

- Glen Head, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 112010


  • 52,000 miles
My daytime running light are intermittent. Sometimes on and off. Other Saturn Outlook users have also experienced this problem.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #14

May 102010


  • 39,000 miles


2007 Saturn Outlook xr driver's side low beam headlamp is experiencing intermittent operation. Upon personal inspection of the headlamp, there was evidence of an electrical "melt" of the connector wires from the wiring harness to the low beam headlamp. Evidence suggest that this problem stems from a less than sufficient wiring harness installed in this and similar model GM vehicles from 2007 to the present. It is not privy to have a customer pay additional charges to authorized dealers for service on less than adequate parts that were used in the manufacturing of the vehicle. As headlamps are an essential safety issue and necessary for nighttime/unclear weather conditions driving, it is important that this problem be resolved. There have been numerous reports and forums on this model and similar model vehicles experiencing the exact same malfunction with both passenger and drivers' side headlamps being involved. Hopefully this report will lead to an investigation that ultimately results in a necessary and appropriate recall by General Motors.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #13

Jun 152010


  • 54,750 miles
2007 Saturn Outlook drivers side headlight went out on 6/15/10 enroute from or to co. Took to out of town dealer to repair & found the harness wiring had melted. Dealer said takes a week to get part & should take care of when I get back home. Called dealer @ home and is 7 to 10 days to get part. Also said I am out of warranty and would have to pay for part plus labor to install. Out of town dealer in co said there have been numerous reports of harness failures but no recall issued yet.

- Central Point, OR, USA

problem #12

Oct 282009


  • 62,000 miles
2007 Saturn Outlook, passenger side headlight wiring harness. Bulbs burn out every 4-6 months. Harness melted the insulation off the wires making it a fire hazard. Dealer would not replace, as we bought the car used in 2008. The harness needs to be upgraded to handle the load of the headlight.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #11

May 282010


  • 65,000 miles
Have to replace the headlight and wiring harness every 2 weeks.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #10

May 052010


  • 49,738 miles


My lowbeam headlight went out in my 2007 Saturn Outlook. I replaced the light and it went out again a day later. I took the car in to the dealership the wiring harness is melted and the wiring going into the harness is burnt. This is due to too much voltage causing the harness to melt. This has been a problem with many Saturn Outlooks it has yet to be a recall. This is not only a manufacture issue but a safety issue as it could result in a fire. The wiring harness is no longer available so the whole headlight has to be replaced to correct the problem.

- Sacramento , CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 282010


  • 65,200 miles
While driving at night my 2007 Saturn Outlook the passenger low beam went out. Upon opening the hood when I stopped I noticed the distinct odor of burnt plastic. Upon further evaluation while removing the bulb I observed that the insulation for the wiring harness had melted off and shorted at the interface between the wire and connector. The contact for the bulb also exhibited charring at the connector contact. An internet search for a replacement bulb alerted me that there is a service bulletin (09-08-42-004) addressing the replacement of this harness should the headlight fail. I feel this is a oem design flaw and safety issue since the harness can short out to the point to where the insulation is melted completely off exposing bare wires.

- Marion, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 312010


  • 42,035 miles
Wirinig harness melted on passenger side of vehicle.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 052010


  • 38,990 miles
Passenger side headlamp on a 2007 Saturn Outlook has now had to be replaced twice in two months. Wiring harness is shorting out causing the headlamp to fail. Bulbs are fine and in working condition. This is a very significant hazard, especially while driving at night. With a 4 month old son, I would like to see some action be taken to make this issue a recall.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 022010


  • 74 miles
I purchased my 2007 Saturn Outlook brand new. I was told that wiring harness needed to be changed about $1,000. My extended warranty does not cover it because it is over 74,000 miles. I have been reading forums from other Saturn Outlook owners and a lot of them having same problem.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #5

Dec 272009


  • 47,000 miles
My 2007 Saturn Outlook headlight went out. When researched on the internet on how to change the lamp, I found that the wiring harness for the headlights on all model years of Saturn Outlook, GMC acadia, Buick enclave, and Chevrolet traverse have a similar problem of the headlight wiring harness melting and failing. There is a technical service bulletin concerning the defect ( Saturn tsb #09-08-42-004) stating that the harness should be replaced (with the same harness, so the problem continues) and nyogel gel should be used at the electrical connection point. The melting wiring harness is a fire hazard. I have the harness if you want it.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 042009


  • 52,600 miles
2007 Saturn Outlook xr headlights going off, ps assist going out, dash gauges going to -0-, no brake lights, no wipers, engine not shutting down with key off, locked into park, no turn signals, locks itself. Nothing repaired yet, it is still in the repair shop.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 092009

(reported on)


  • miles
2007 Saturn Outlook electrical system recall. Consumer states that she is also having a problem with her vehicle leaking water in the driver and passenger areas.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Aug 052008


  • 30,000 miles
Problems with passenger airbag - sometimes it would say off when a passenger is seated and sometimes it would say on and then turn off after some time. Had to have work done on the fuel pump, then the drive shaft went to the point where it car had to be towed. I was told that this never happens. Currently, the car now kicks back when the car is first moved for that day and the dash board will flash, either, speed limited to 108pmh (when pulling out of driveway), park assist is off (when it is on),or traction control is off (when it has never been touched) - the car will also shut off without me doing so. I have taken it to a Saturn dealership and they say that they can find anything wrong with the car. I am currently five months pregnant and I do not feel safe in the car. When the car kicks back it hurts.

- Lewes, DE, USA

problem #1

Jan 042008

Outlook 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 850 miles
2007 Saturn Outlook the seal not installed from factory invoice so# 263636, tag# 3636, and line item #3, caused all problems for this 2007 Saturn Outlook. Water collecting behind firewall in the area of the fuse block assembly causing the wiring harness junction box to short and draining the battery dead on three different occasions and causing the vehicle engine to run after turning ignition to off position on another ocassion. The seal not being installed from the factory allowing water to drip on passenger floorboard and causing windshield to collect water on the inside of winsheild when defrost fan was running at certain times and obstucting view of operator to drive safely! I david tilley have all receipts from Saturn of knoxville to verifiy all failures listed in this paragraph total of 42 days out of service per all invoices date time in service shop and date time out which includes eight complaints and three tows from roadside assistance all recorded from date of purchash to approximately 1,650 miles on the odometer. Where is the recall? summary: The seal or seam not installed at the Saturn factory has created a highly potential dangerous vehicle and not safe and dependable enough to purchase and operate. I david tilley the owner of this 2007 Saturn Outlook request a re-purchase of this undependable and unsafe vehicle david tilley

- Athens, TN, USA

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