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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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2008 Saturn Outlook - Transmission FAIL - joining the club...

Hello All,

I'm new the forums and I suspect like many of you here, only found this forum after searching for various problems with our Saturn Outlooks. I of course have become the latest victim of the Outlook transmission failure that I've read so much about these past few hours online. Before I go into where I am at..quick overview of my vehicle.

We purchased it used about 7 months ago (Nov. 2012) from Team Chevrolet in Salisbury, NC. It had about 48k miles on it and was in great shape. The only thing I could find wrong with it, even before I bought it, was some grease sprayed around the inside of the front driver side wheel. I had the dealership fix the strut boot before we purchased, which effectively failed again less than 2 weeks later. We live 2 hours from where we bought the car, in Salisbury, NC, so I had Dick Shirley Chevrolet in Burlington, NC repair the boot a second time, both times under warranty. I mention the boot only because it happened a third time, which I will mention again later.

So, this past weekend, while taking a trip to visit family about 90 miles away, my wife and I noticed the tell-tale sign of the transmission problems I've have now come to learn about. The Outlook would shift very roughly from 3rd and 5th gears. We noticed the RPMs would rev up quickly as if the tranny had downshifted then would hard shift, or jerk, into the higher gear and would be fine after that. This occurred perhaps 3 or 4 times on our entire 180 mile round trip. The next day, it occurred more frequently while we were driving around town. So, we decided to take the car into a different dealership in town today. We weren't very pleased with the service department at Dick Shirley from our previous work on the boot last fall.

The wife calls me while I'm at work today and said the folks at Dave Wescott Buick GMC dealership in Burlington confirm we have a transmission problem. She didn't remember all the details and I'm not home yet to fill all of you in with what they found, but I'll keep this post updated. They did tell her they will likely need several days to remove the transmission and make the repair. Based on what I've learned from reading forums and posts online today, I'd bet its the 3,5,R wave plate problem. The driving seems exactly as those others with this failure have described. Also, as mentioned above, we asked that they check the front right boot and again, it has failed. The guy told my wife that the clamp was installed incorrectly the second time it was repaired, which would have been at Dick Shirley Chevy, Burlington, NC. So, that too will be replaced.

The good news? I'm still under factory warranty for 30 more days..but it wouldn't have mattered, we purchased a Zurich 100k mile / 60month extended warranty on the power train when we bought the car. Glad I did now...might turn out to be worth the $1200 the warranty cost.

I'll keep you posted on how this latest 2008 Saturn Outlook Transmission Failure saga unfolds...

Harold
Burlington, NC
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Confirmed. We had a failed 3-5-R wave plate. Luckily for us it was replaced under warranty.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 08:50 AM
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My 2009 outlook awd just had failed 35R wave plate and they mechanic rebuilt transmission...(replaced all wave plates and seals) at 39,000 miles. However on the way home it doesn't want to shift into 6th. Im worried that i may need a new transmission. Anyone else have this problem?
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UPDATE - 9 months later. New transmission is still good. We are now at 75k miles or about 10k above when the original transmission failed. I would advise anyone with a Saturn Outlook to watch their transmission carefully if it hasn't been replaced, especially the 2007 to 2009 models. If you notice it starting to shift erratically, STOP DRIVING IT and have it checked immediately. It's much easier for a dealer to replace the 3-5-R waveplate than it is to rebuild the entire transmission.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-31-2014, 09:50 PM
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We just had to replace the transmission in our 2008 Outlook as well. Waveplate isuues. The dealership dropped a new one in, with a 3 year warranty.
Dealerships are not going to put the time in to rebuild a transmission.

My car dirty, is cleaner than your car clean.<br />2008 Outlook XE AWD Ocean Mist
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We just had to replace the transmission in our 2008 Outlook as well. Waveplate isuues. The dealership dropped a new one in, with a 3 year warranty.
Dealerships are not going to put the time in to rebuild a transmission.
Hi mswerb, just curious, you say the tranny was "new", was it new or rebuilt and what was your total cost if not under warranty, for part and labor? Mine went out at 50,000 and repaired under warranty. Still going strong with 75k+ on the odometer. Most recent work was spark plugs and belt with alternator due to what appeared to be drain on battery. Been driving about a little under 100 miles everything ok, fingers crossed...
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 08:54 PM
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Transmission was new. Close to $3000.

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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-04-2014, 03:46 PM
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Yikes!!! I suppose the only solace is that with new tranny car is good for another three at least!
Thanks for the update and good luck with your Lamda
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-08-2014, 04:08 PM
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Newly replaced transmission lost reverse. Another trip to the dealership. 2nd time since replacement that is has been in for service.Luckily, it has a 3 year warranty.

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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-11-2014, 02:33 AM
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New tranny and it needs replacing after three months Wow, did they replace with another new or rebuilt the current one covered under the warranty?
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