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2007 Saturn Outlook (Page 6 of 7)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,990 miles

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2007 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #37

Aug 102010


  • 48,362 miles


Driverside headlamp on low beam turned off, replaced bulb and went off again within 3 weeks, harness is causing a short therefore replacing the bulb makes no difference.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #36

Sep 052010


  • 73,000 miles
Was driving down I-80 in sacramento county when the left low beam headlamp went out. Didn't really think any thing of it until I started to hear a clicking sound. Upon finally figuring out how to get to the lowbeam headlamp I discovered that the lamp wiring connector had melted. How does that happen in a new car? looked at other issues for the Outlook and have discovered that this is a systemic issues and is occurring with similar model Outlooks.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #35

Aug 312010

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Passenger side headlamp on 2007 Outlook failed to turn on. Had limited visibility during night time. I replaced the bulb thinking it had simply burnt out, within a couple of hours the new bulb also went out. I decided to look closer at the connector and discovered the H9 female connector had a melted female connecter and wire. I have been pulled over a few times by various police since the light went out and each time I have to explain what happened. While searching the internet for a new replacement part and instruction on repair (all Saturn dealers have closed and remaining GM dealerships are not close or convenient) when I read about other owners going through the same problems. The replacement parts are the same inadequate components that have failed in the past. Sudden loss of headlights at night could result in many accidents resulting in severe injury or death. The drivers would be unable to see the road, obstacles, or pedestrians if the lights were to go out while driving on an unlit street or road. I have replaced the bulb three times before noticing the melted connector as the head light assembly is only accessible through the wheel wells. The space is very limited and very difficult to work in making it very difficult to see the failed connector.

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #34

Sep 102010


  • 49,000 miles


I own a 2007 Saturn Outlook xe and am having issues with the low beam headlamps on both the driver and passenger sides. My passenger headlamp went out 2 weeks ago for the third time and today my drivers side headlamp went out for the second time. The second time the passenger lamp went out I inspected it and found that the wiring harness had melted just below the retention cap. The wires were replaced and the new bulb lasted approximately 5 months. I inspected the drivers side harness today and have found that it too has melted. This would appear to me to be an electrical problem and may lead to a fire in the engine compartment.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #33

Jul 232010


  • 82,000 miles
Had a headlight replaced in the Saturn Outlook 2007 xe. The light went out again and melted the wiring harness and fuse. This is a definite safety issue that has happened to many Saturn owners and Saturn even has a technical bulletin addressing the problem but doesn't notify Saturn owners of the issue or help fix it. A recall is warranted. Melted wiring is not acceptable in a car.

- Gypsum, CO, USA

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problem #32

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 #31

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 #30

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 #29

Jul 062010


  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2007 Saturn Outlook and low beam wiring harness needs replaced on it. Has 37000 miles on it. Just past warranty. Saturn is going out of business and its hard to find parts, especially with Chevrolet and GMC to go see a Saturn dealer, even though the acadia, traverse, Outlook, and enclave are the exact same cars. I think factory warranty should fix this.

- Gainesboro, TN, USA

problem #28

Aug 132010


  • 73,766 miles
2007 Saturn Outlook low-beam headlamp wiring harness failure. Wiring harness appears to have melted causing wire disconnect and subsequent short on the driver side low-beam headlamp. The hid bulbs are high voltage and very cheap wiring appears to have been used.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #27

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 #26

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 #25

Jul 162010


  • 43,000 miles
2007 Saturn Outlook the wiring harness on the headlight connector burns up. There is no warning this about to occur. During night driving the low beams can go out leaving only high beams.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #24

Jul 262010


  • 50,000 miles
Safety concern for 2007 Saturn Outlook: Low beam head lamp failure due to melted wire connector at bulbs. The wire used for the harness and connection at bulbs is very light gauge and repeatedly burns the wire, bulb, and melts the connector. This causes obvious safety concerns including potential fire hazard. When operating this vehicle during non-daylight hours or in times of poor visibility, drivers must have dependable exterior lighting fixtures. Excluding expired bulbs or negligent maintenance, drivers of this vehicle should not be responsible for the replacement or repair of wiring, connections, and wire harnesses that have failed (sometimes repeatedly) due to the manufacturer's workmanship/design. For the safety of all motorists, the manufacturer of this vehicle should correct the design and/or workmanship causing, or related to, the head lamp failure.

- Thomasville, PA, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Sep 012009


  • 70,000 miles
The headlamp overheats the plastic wiring harness connector causing it to melt and create an intermittent open fault. The headlights will fail to illuminate and/or will flash on and off as the vehicle hits bumps, etc.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #21

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 #20

Jul 032010


  • miles
2007 Saturn Outlook. Both headlight wiring harnesses melted resulting in non-working headlights. It turns out that GM is aware of this issue and has a tsb for it. This needs to be a recall. Far too many people are having this problem with their GM lamda platform crossovers (GMC acadia, Saturn Outlook, Buick enclave, Chevy traverse). The wiring is too light a gage of wire. The harnesses melt and then short out. This could result in loss of headlights while driving at night or, worse, a fire. In my case I saw the smoke and turned car off before it became a fire.

- Lincoln, Ca, CA, USA

problem #19

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 #18

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

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