hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,140 miles

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2007 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 082015


  • 107,540 miles


On two occasions my car stopped driving while going around 40 to 55 mph. I was driving sometime the end of July 2015 when the car stopped without warning while going about 45 mph. The dash lights were on but all panels were on 0. it made a couple of thrusts then stopped. After a minute I put my foot on the gas and the car resumed driving. On August 8th while my husband was driving it going about 55 mph the car stopped again with no warning but finally a warning came on indicating a problem with the stabilitrak and then he was able to press the gas and the car started moving again. We will be making an appointment with dealership service center to find out what the problem is but from my research this seems to be a recurring problem. Thankfully no one was behind us both times or someone could of been seriously hurt. Please investigate this problem before someone does die.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 242013


  • 42,000 miles
As I was driving with my daughter, all of a sudden the check engine light came on and an error came across the dash stating the transmission was hot, idle engine. So, I pulled over to the side of the road and let the car sit for a few minutes. Started car back up and all was fine. This has happened several times over the last year. Not always getting the error message, because I think I have learned when transmission is not shifting properly. Vehicle's rmp's will go high, but never shift back down into gear while driving on highway. Once it does this, I have to pull over and turn the car off. Once I start back driving, it shifts properly again. Until I have to go up a hill, and I give it more gas to get up the hill and it will shift out of gear again, and not ever go back. This is dangerous because at times it makes the car drop in speed suddenly on the highway !!!!

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #10

Nov 112011


  • 54,363 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was towed to dealer where it was found that the throttle body had failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 54,363.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 112014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


Transmission failure! I was trying to park, the reverse control didn't work properly, check engine came on. After few hours parked, I went back home, the speed wasn't working (RPM 3 and 4 speed 35) and the light was still on. I got home, a mechanic came over to check it, he said it was the transmission. I took it to GMC, they worked the recalls (?? I don't know still what recalls they work on it), and told me it is the transmission. I have to pay $4,500 if I want a new one, $200 less if I want an used one or rebuild. Since it is more that 5 years old, no warranty on in. I still owe $11000 on this vehicle.

- San Juan, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 012013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 80,589 miles
Took a trip out of town this weekend and started noticing the transmission slipping when switching gears which activated the check engine light. Thankfully made it home before it got worse. Next day drove it around the block and was slipping all over the place. Pulled over to my house and parked. Turned off, turned back on. Tried to go in reverse and was unable as if in neutral. Still can go forward but major slippage. Doing research this is a very common issues with these vehicles. This page alone has 100+ and 10+ in the last month. GM and NHTSA need to realize this issue and get that recall going!

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 102013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 57,845 miles
Thought this was a good deal just purchased on 11/4/13. With a 100,000 mile warranty. Yeah right have had nothing but trouble since I drove it. And they told me they fixed all the problems. Today is the 13th they told me to take it out of town on my planned trip and see how it does.the farther we drove the worse the transmission kept slipping. So on the 12th I took it back in and the service dept. Told me they are limited on what they can fix on a used car even under warranty. And my airbag service light came on and they couldn't fix that told me I would have to take it to another dealership and they could fix that out of my pocket cost. Something needs to be done with these vehicles before somebody gets seriously hurt! somebody please help me what can I do..

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #6

Aug 112013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 55,654 miles


I was driving to church on Aug. 11, 2013 with my 3 year old and 11 year old niece and nephew. The car was running fine. Went down a hill and the car was having problems with the gas and then the check engine light came on. I was at a stop sign and I was turning right. The rpms went up like I was going really fast and then realized I was not getting the gas I should have been getting. I had to stop in the middle of the road with a car behind me and turn around. I was so nervous I didn't know if any other car was coming because I could barely go in reverse. I was able to get the car back home by going 40 mph with the rpms between 4 and 5. it was by the grace of god that I was able to return home safely.

- Vale , NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 292013

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 55,390 miles
My wife was driving down the highway when all of sudden when she hit the gas pedal there was no response, just a jerk and no engine response. She had to coast off the side of the road and let the car come to a resting stop. When she did that she tried to push the gas pedal again and the car had little to no response and the gear grind-ed. She put the car in reverse and the car wouldn't go in reverse at all. Tried putting the care in drive again and the car wouldn't respond or move forward, she ended up stuck on the side of the road and had to call for a toe. After doing a quick research online it seems this problem is very common with the Outlook, traverse, acadia and other models just like it. Hopefully this will end up becoming a recall problem as loosing your ability to drive and steer when going down the road is very dangerous, I'm just glad my wife wasn't on a major highway driving at a higher speed. Hopefully it won't take a major crash of fatality before this becomes recognized as a safety hazard.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 182012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 80,304 miles
Vehicle's transmission suddenly lost traction. Driving my child to school and suddenly the vehicle's transmission slipped and would not run. Was caught in the middle of an intersection with 5 year old and baby on board. Thankfully oncoming traffic saw us and slowed down to go around us.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Oct 222012


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Outlook. The contact stated that while traveling 50 mph, the accelerator pedal became unresponsive. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic or the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure and current mileages were 133,000.

- Alexandria, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 032011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated on its own. When leaving a driveway I accelerated up to speed, then eased my foot off the accelerator to start coasting up to the intersection ahead. Vehicle started slowing, but after a second or two, it started accelerating on its own again. I had my foot on the brake and could slow the vehicle a bit. The acceleration lasted about 5 seconds.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 142011

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Vehicle accelerates on its own - this has happen 4 times in the last few months. This seems to happen at any speed. On Aug 14, 2011, almost hit another vehicle in traffic jam, while vehicle was trying to accelerate while I had the brake pressed. Other time happen on the freeway in traffic vehicle accelerated, had to press brake to slow down vehicle until acceleration stopped. Another time this happen while decelerating on a freeway off-ramp. Another time was on a secondary road. Each time the acceleration lasted about 3 to 5 seconds. Pressing the brake did not stop the acceleration.

- Troy, MI, USA

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