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2008 Saturn Outlook (Page 11 of 12)


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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,491 miles

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2008 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments (Page 11 of 12)

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problem #22

Feb 022010


  • 50,090 miles


2008 Saturn Outlook headlight. The passenger headlight is going on and off. The wiring is hot to the touch. Plus I can't get to the light area without taking off the bumper skin.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #21

Apr 152010


  • 45,000 miles
The passenger side low beam on my 2008 Saturn Outlook went out. We replaced it then 2 weeks later it went out again. We took it to the dealer and he said we needed to replace the socket because it was burned out and this is a common problem with this car. I have not yet corrected the problem because I do not have the $750 to repair it.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #20

Mar 072010


  • 42,000 miles
Driver's side low beam headlamp burned out. Replaced with factory bulb and failed once again. Replaced one more time and noticed discolored socket. The bulb failed a third time. Reported the problem to Saturn 4/14/2010.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #19

Apr 012010


  • 26,600 miles


2008 Saturn Outlook xe passenger side low beam headlight has failed. Car has 26K miles. Light was intermittent for 2-3 weeks then totally failed.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #18

Feb 122010


  • 37,000 miles
I continually have an issue with a non-working driver's side headlight. I have replaced the light bulb twice, but this only works for 1-2 weeks before it goes out again. The dealer has identified it as a harness short with the headlight assembly, but the whole assembly needs to be replaced. My 2008 Saturn Outlook had 39000 miles on it with and a manufacturers extended warranty (given to me as part of another ongoing water leak issue that is also not covered by this warranty) and they stated that this is not a covered item. I have spoken with the dealership and customer service and was told that this is a $500+ dollar repair that is not covered on a 2 year old vehicle. Most of the time I only have one working headlight and this is a safety issue. I have done some research on the internet and this seems to be a known and ongoing issue that is not being addressed by General Motors.

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

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problem #17

Mar 012010


  • 83,000 miles
Low beam headlight wiring harness, burned, cracked after installation of replacement headlamps. (ref: Tsb 09-08-42-004)

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #16

Sep 102009


  • 24,643 miles


Drivers side headlight went bad in September. Replaced buld and during the process noticed the wiring harness was melted. Light failed to operate with a new buld. I called the dealership and was told that they know of the problem and that I their fix was to put nyogel grease on the connector. I tried what the dealer reccommended with no luck. I am currently stationed overseas and have no way of getting to a dealer to have item repaired. Yesterday 24 March other headlight stops working as well with the same issue. The vehicle is only 2 years old with 24,643 miles. This is completely absud that there is no recall on this issue.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #15

Jan 102010


  • miles
Low beam headlights failed within a short time of each other. Both have been replaced and within a month both have failed again.

- Chesterfield , MI, USA

problem #14

Mar 122010


  • 56,000 miles
We have a 2008 Saturn Outlook and having problems with the dim light bulbs blowing on each side. I replaced them 3 different times and my wife was coming home from work the other night and both dim headlights blew at the same time. I carried it to the dealership and they had to replace both light harnesses and they want to charge me 300 dollars for what ought to be a safety recall. There are pages of complaints on the computer of every body having the same problems.

- Cades, SC, USA

problem #13

Mar 132010


  • 38,080 miles
I own a '08 Saturn Outlook that had two (2) headlight wiring harnesses melt causing both headlights to not work. Contacted the dealership and they stated that this is an ongoing problem with this vehicle but there has been no recall. Exact term that was used was "campaign", but not recall. $477 parts / labor to have my headlights work again. This is a huge safety issue due to there are no signs of this problem occurring for you to alleviate the problem. And the only way to access the headlight assembly is to remove the whole front fascia (bumper) from the vehicle. Of course both headlights went out as I was driving during nighttime hours in the dark. Please help make this a safety recall, due to the huge safety concern this poses.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 162010


  • miles


I have a 2008 Saturn Outlook. Purchased in February 2008. The front passenger headlight went out in the end of January 2010. It was replaced on Feb 6, 2010. I was also told that the headlight socket is burned and may need replacement. It is now March 16, 2010 and this morning the same headlight is out again!. the cost to replace once again is almost the cost of the car payment and now most likely it will cost much more since I will have to replace the socket too. I made it a point to turn off my lights during the day after the replacement due to the resport of the socket yet it still burned out. I have read that there are a number of Outlook owners with this same issue.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 142010


  • 43,052 miles
Saturn Outlook xr headlights went out when wire on left front headlight melted wiring.. this happened in January 2010 when the right front went out and melted the wiring. Cost to replace the one in January $640 and was told today to replace the left front will be $750. This is a defect and should be recalled as you can look at many web sites and many people are having this problem. We noticed that this only happens when the lights are on high beam only.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 312010


  • 39,000 miles
I purchased this 2008 vehicle in July 2008, used but "new" with a bit over 16,000 miles on it from a dealership in syracuse that is no longer active. My vehicle has always been well cared for and serviced accordingly. Starting Jan. 31, 2010, the engine began to make a loud knock. It did not matter if I warmed the vehicle, or if it was warm weather or cold. On some instances it seemed to not accelerate on the highway as it should. Often hesitating to "go". it has been into the dealership four different occasions, for a total of 21 days out-of-service cumulatively, soon to be more. The first time they gave it back the next day as they stated they could not duplicate the noise. Three days later the knock was back. The second time it went in they had for 7 days, could not duplicate. 2 days later back again...the third time the dealership locally here put a new timing chain in. They said it was "slack". however, this did not fix the issue. It was supposed to go back in for the same engine knocking, etc. Before it could go in I was driving at night with small children in the car on a highway and had no headlights. After taking it to the dealership they say the wiring harness melted and they have no idea why. They take the vehicle in again for a fourth time. Tell me its fixed. New wiring harness. Pick up vehicle..same engine knock present. They now say maybe its a lifter" cam? don't have parts. Give me this same vehicle to continue to drive. Something is fishy here. How many vehicles does it take for a safety recall or investigation????? does someone have to die"! headlights going out at night on highway, engine not accelerating....major safety issues. Multiple complaints. I'd rather not have someone called to the scene of my death or the deaths of my children because of a known defect that is not being addressed! also, another 2008 Saturn Outlook is at the same dealership for similar problems...

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 212010


  • 32,000 miles
2008 Saturn Outlook low beam headlight going out. Various Saturn sites have registered complaints about dealers charging $600/$800 to replace light bulb. Seems underlying problem pertains to the wiring harness melting. This is a safety problem with headlights continuing to burn out. Ref: Tsb #09-08-42-004. Document id: 2284787.

- Manhattan, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 192010


  • 39,684 miles
Headlight wiring harness keeps failing on 2008 Saturn Outlook, bought it used, been repaired twice, burned out again.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 102010


  • miles
2008 Saturn Outlook-low beam light out at 42,000 miles, wiring harness melted, over $400 to repair. Pretty expensive considering this is a critical part of your car.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 122009


  • 41,712 miles
Headlight wiring harness melted. Passenger side and driver side.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 152010


  • 52,000 miles
2008 Saturn Outlook drivers side headlamp shorted out. Already replaced lamp and it shorted out again. Very common problem.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010


  • 60,000 miles
The low beam headlights on my 2008 Saturn Outlook intermittently go off or fail to come on. It has happened to both sides and continues to happen.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 012009


  • miles
The driver side headlight went out, changed light bulb the light bulb was good. Less than a week later the passenger side head light went out. While the driver side came back on. 2 weeks later both went out, went in to change light bulbs again and the passenger side came back on. On 01-22-10 I have no head lights. Went and moved the light like I was going to replace the bulb and the passenger light came back on and still no driver side head light.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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