Saturn Outlook - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Saturn Outlook owners have reported a total of 1,775 problems for their cars built in the 4 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Saturn Outlook. The 2008 Saturn Outlook cars have the most problems reported (848 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Saturn Outlook

Model Year Number of Problems
  2010 Outlook
22
  2009 Outlook
235
  2008 Outlook
848
  2007 Outlook
670

  Common problems of Saturn Outlook

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for Saturn Outlook cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's exterior lighting (471 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (305 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Saturn Outlook

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Exterior Lighting
471
  Electrical System
305
  Power Train
261
  Air Bag
165
  Steering
145
  Engine And Engine Cooling
89
  Structure
79
  Equipment
60
  Visibility
56
  Vehicle Speed Control
31
   
  Electronic Stability Control
27
  Service Brakes
21
  Seats
15
  Seat Belt
13
  Gasoline Fuel System
11
  Suspension
8
  Other Fuel System
6
  Tire
4
  Traction Control System
3
  Wheel
3
  Latches/locks/linkage
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Saturn Outlook of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Outlook model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Saturn Outlook model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Outlook Model Years

Outlook
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2010 223,6368    
0.76
  2009 23514,9209    
1.75
  2008 84833,30710    
2.55
  2007 67024,70211    
2.47

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Saturn Outlook is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2010 Outlook
7
  2009 Outlook
10
  2008 Outlook
31
  2007 Outlook
24


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