Re: Saturn Outlook reliability - how will it compare? (please sign up if you're new)
I initially leased my 2007 Saturn Outlook XE AWD in July 2007 from Saturn of Spokane. It was on a 39 month lease. This was my second Saturn, as I traded my 1999 Saturn SL-1 (with about 65,000 trouble free miles on it) in on the Outlook.
As of this date, 22 September 2010, we have approximately 24,500 miles on the Outlook. Absolutely NO mechanical repairs of any kind have been made to the vehicle. We're still on our original wiper blades (windshield and rear window). The sole "repair" we had to make on our Outlook was the replacement of the rear window. It was broken by accident--please don't ask how. We took our original Fortera tires off the Outlook early this past winter and replaced them with Hankook studded snow tires. (The Fortera's still had approximately 40 to 50 percent of their tread remaining.) But as I've been driving with Michelin tires since 1968, I ordered a set of new take-off Buick Enclave wheels with Michelin Latitude Tour tires on them. The Michelins are great on the Outlook--as I expected they would be. And the Enclave wheels look far better than the much bulkier OEM Saturn Outlook wheels, at least in my opinion.
Our Outlook has had oil and filter changes three to four times a year since we initially leased it. We have used Mobil-1 in the car ever since its first oil change at about 500 miles. No oil has ever been added to the engine between changes. Although we have the tow package on our Outlook, we have never used it for towing.
Our Outlook did have the upgraded software for the transmission installed by Saturn of Spokane after we had the car for a year and a half. I'm sixty-two. My previous Saturn was the most reliable car I've ever owned, but this OUtlook has been one hundred percent reliable as of this date. Our next vehicle will be either the Acadia or the Enclave now that Saturn is out of business. (Note: My wife and I love the Lambda so much--even in XE trim--that we did an early termination of our lease this past April and bought the car.) Andy McKane, Missoula, Montana