NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,571 miles

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2009 Saturn Outlook engine problems

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2009 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments

problem #15

Oct 122022


  • miles


UNKNOWN We have only had this vehicle for approximately 4 months and have had soon many issues but the electrical system has been a problem non stop

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 302022


  • miles
I bought this 2009 Saturn Outlook yesterday from a used dealership they said there was nothing wrong with the car well I live over 100 miles away from where I bough it and about halfway home it-€™s it was dark outside I was driving on the highway going up a hill the motor was acting like it wanted to jump out f the car (I-€™m not sure exactly how to describe it) anyways it only did ur for just a second then stopped all went back to normal and today just died while driving and now it wont start wont even turn over

- Winston, NM, USA

problem #13

Apr 062021


  • 185,000 miles
I was driving down the highway and all of a sudden my car slowed down really slow I pulled over and turned it off. When I tried to turn it back on it wouldn't crank.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #12

Dec 302020


  • 180,000 miles


The timing chain is getting stretched is what the codes say and needs to be repaired feels like it's loosing power

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #11

Dec 032018


  • 134,000 miles
In 2016, I purchased a 2009 Saturn Outlook from a dealer, with 90,000 miles on it. Two months later, "transmission overheating, let engine idle" indicator came on, and the Saturn shut itself down as I drove down I-35! mechanic said they couldn't find anything wrong. They reset my codes, and all seemed okay. This happened a few more times, but know one could tell me what was wrong other that bank 1 low. For the most part it drove without problems. Regular service maintenance, and oil changes consistent with the manual. I rarely drove it after the second year of owning it. On way home to Oregon (purchased Outlook in Iowa), I continuously lost power going up the passes. Semi trucks were passing me, as if I were sitting still. With new air-filter system, maf sensor, coils, boots, and spark plugs installed I continued at a snail pace all the way to Oregon. A two day trip took me seven days. Nobody could tell me what was wrong other than the bank 1 low, O2 sensor, which I replaced those as well. I get home and seven months later, I almost get hit by a school bus, because my Saturn stalled in the middle of the intersection. Three light changes later, I make it across the street to the college. It shuddered all the way, till I parked it, where I had to wait to be towed three blocks to home. I paid over $15,000 for a vehicle that lasted me under 50,000 miles. It is paid in full, and is now dead. Still no clue as why. Codes show bank 1 and 2 low " but why will it not start? why did my battery die" I could not have taken better care of my baby, if I tried! please, help me fix her. There is no reason for this vehicle to be out of commission, yet it is at 134,000 miles. GM, please fix this. This was faulty at 90,500 miles. I have always taken great care of every car I have ever owned. It got worse after I took it to a Chevy dealer in Missouri! catalytic bank 1 and 2.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #10

Oct 052018


  • 121,190 miles
Takata recall I bought my vehicle at the end of may, 2018. My engine light came on at the begining of October, 2018. I had got in my vehicle and stayed the engine amd it came on. I immediately took it to advance auto to get them to hook the hand held computer to the vehicle to see what was wrong. It coded 2 codes. One was for the timing chain and the other for the catalyst. They said I should take it to a big car shop so they could put it om the better computer. It codes the same codes. The mechanic said this is an issue with these GM engins. However, they are not on recall. I still owe around 9,000 dollars on this vehicle. I am not in a situation that I can spend over. $2,000 on this vehicle. In listening to the mechanic and doing my own research, I have found this to be a real problem. I believe it needs to be fixed at the cost of the manufacturer.

- Elizabeth City, NC, USA

problem #9

Jul 012018


  • 104,070 miles


We always change our oil on time. Took it to the oil change place he said there was barely any oil in it, we still had 200 mile before recommend oil change. Then the while driving the engine light went on, we took it and my mechanic said that's this motor is burning oil. And can affect engine timing chain.the mechanic said to start putting synthetic oil in per GM. We we're never notified about oil issues or changing what type of oil to use. Now we are going to need an engine timing chain which is extremely costly. We haven't begun this process yet. But from what's I understand GM usb having tons of issues with motor. And we haven't never been notified about any preventive maintenance or care.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 052016


  • 78,700 miles
When I was entering moving traffic from a completely stopped position, a car was coming faster than I realized so I floored the accelerator and this is what happened: 1.all power to my car shut off and the car rolled forward slowing down. 2.all of the dashboard lights and symbols lit up. 3.my car jolted strongly once, sputtered (many times), and hiccupped (many times). The jolt was so strong that it threw me forward and made my seatbelt catch me. 4.at the same time as # 3, the gps rebooted itself 3 times in a row and all of the car door locks unlocked and locked themselves 3 times in a row. 5.I gently pressed the accelerator and the car accelerated but the car felt weak and I felt uncertain. I was not sure what would happen if I tried to accelerate normally so I put on my emergency blinkers and slowly drove home.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 082015

Outlook 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,603 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Outlook. While placing the vehicle in park position, the contact heard an abnormal sound coming from the air conditioning and heating vents. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the evaporation core needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,603....updated 03-10-16

- Columbiana, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 152014


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Outlook. While driving 30 mph, the oil pressure warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The dealer stated that the oil sending unit and bracket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Erin, TN, USA

problem #5

Jul 062014


  • 108,000 miles


July 6, 2014 ? RPM / mpg as I was in the hov lane I tried to accelerate. I could hear the car transitioning, but the rpms and miles per hour did not match. At 3300 RPM the car was stuck at 60 miles per hour and would not shift out of third gear. When I took my foot off the gas the car slowed down but the needle was still on 60 miles per hour. The car randomly jerked as if it was pushing itself from behind. When I was able to stop the RPM was 2200 and the miles read 20 even though I was not moving. In addition, I had a full tank of gas when I began driving and when I came to a stop of the gas had been used.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 062012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Engine would stutter at around 70mph. Issue resolved by continuing to replace ignition coils. Finally a technical note was issued saying the ECM had an issue that would overheat and melt the ignition coils. Last visit to dealer in Jan 2014 replaced all ignition coils and the ECM. Issue has not returned yet. If GM know about this issue, should they do a recall because it's a common problem according to the dealer.

- Huntington Woods, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 182014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The engine on this vehicle has issues with the cylinders and misfires. This issue first started last year and was taken into the dealer for service at about 45,000 miles. The dealer could replicate the issue at speeds of about 55 mph where the engine would misfire and cause a lack of power. However due to a lack of engine codes they could not begin to solve the issue as to why this was happening. Last week the issue became worse and resulted in a loss of power on the highway. Fortunately there is now a code for the engine issue so we know that there are cylinder misfires and it can now be fixed. This is a dangerous issue for drivers as there can be a discernible engine problem that can not be diagnosed by GM's diagnostic equipment until there such a loss of power resulting in a safety issue.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 252012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Transmission slips and car bucks, shutters, and skips at a RPM at around 1400-1600 RPM's.

- Doylestown,, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 092012


  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2009 Saturn Outlook. Myself and several others have had Outlooks and GMC acadias that have had to replace the water pumps. This seems like either a design or defective part issue with these GM cars. It seems like a recall should be done.

- Katy, TX, USA

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