NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Saturn Outlook engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Saturn Outlook Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 172014

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


I was waiting at a stoplight and heard an unusual noise from the engine. When I accelerated on the gas peddle, I noticed that the transmission would not shift normally and would not exceed over 30 mph. I made it to work but when I tried to reverse out of the parking lot, the car would not move at all and displayed "check engine light" icon. I had to push it out of the parking lot then drive forward slowly back home. I called around town to check the best solution for the problem. I also checked online and discovered that other Saturn Outlook owners had the same issue and the same broken part when it was diagnosed and repaired which leads me to believe that General Motors is aware of the problem and failed to recall my vehicle and add the failed transmission problem to the recall list.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #3

Nov 192012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I brought a Saturn Outlook in 2009 and had numerous issues similar to what has been detailed in this website. - both headlights failed to work - one covered under warranty & cost of second one reimbursed by GM under the recall - starter failed - covered under warranty - failed water pump at 73K - I paid for replacement - steering gear and pump replacement because the steering locks up at low speed @ 78K my third vehicle but first GM and the experience with Saturn/GM have been frustrating. I see others have experienced similar failure on this mode. Documenting these vehicles for future use or possible help from GM or dot.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012

Outlook 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Owner noticed a whining noise when turning at low speeds. Dealer diagnosed a failed steering rack (pinion), leaking power steering pump, and leaking water pump. Vehicle was purchased new in 2009 and currently has 39,000 miles (no longer under bumper to bumper warranty).

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 142010


  • 32,000 miles
Check engine light came on while driving and veh immediately lost power. Could not drive over 30mph, and engine began smoking. Dealer stated fuel injector was "dumping gas". (guess that would explain the bad gas mileage). Fuel injector and catalytic converter changed. 5 months later check engine came on again at 44,000mi. Dealer states compression problem with fuel injector. The fuel injector was replaced again, but now the dealer is saying there is also a problem with cam shaft. My veh is still in the shop as of today, so I am still not sure if the problem has been resolved.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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