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Engine Replacement

I have a 2008 Saturn Outlook I bought new in August 2008. In 2011, I had the transmission problems and the headlamp problems. I had the water pump replaced in September of this year and on Thanksgiving Day my low oil pressure, stop engine message started flashing. My car has 87,500 miles on it. The next day I was told the engine was locked up and it would cost $7,300 to fix it and I was two months out of warranty. I spoke with GM and Saturn on Monday and was told they would speak to the Chevrolet delearship my car was taken to and get back with me. . GM said they would help with the cost of the repair if I could produce the last 4 oil changes that were done on my car. They were in the glove box and GM covered half the cost. While I am extremely thankful they covered the cost this still leaves me with a vehicle that I wonder what will happen next after reading many of the posts on here. The people at the dealership have been wonderful and have helped me in whatever way they can.

I have seen on here another post that sounded exactly like mine with all the problems and the engine failing at 87,000. I would like to know how many other owners of the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse have had this problem. I feel like if there are a lot of people out there with this problem there maybe a bigger problem.

Comments

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482

    GM's LY7 V-6 engine is used in a wide variety of GM cars so I suspect that your unfortunate experience wasn't typical. Total engine failure is pretty rare in any modern automobile, but it does happen on occasion. Exactly what occurred could only be determined by the person who took your engine apart (if they even bothered to find out).

  • Would oil sending unit failure cause the engine to lock up?

  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085

    @rialmom said:
    Would oil sending unit failure cause the engine to lock up?

    Not by itself. The sending-unit only MEASURES the oil-pressure. It does not alter the oil-pressure.

    As an analogy - A broken thermometer does not CAUSE the temperature to change.... it only tells you the wrong temperature readings.

  • dkoen2000dkoen2000 Posts: 1

    I’m the original owner of a 2007 GMC Acadia. On 04/2012 @ 87,000 miles the engines was replaced. Then on 04/2014 the car went into the shop again. I was told it needed a new engine and that the 36 month/100,000 mile warranty as stated on GM's web site for replacement engines DOES NOT apply to me
    Can someone please HELP clarify and/or resolve this?

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252

    @dkoen2000 said:
    I’m the original owner of a 2007 GMC Acadia. On 04/2012 @ 87,000 miles the engines was replaced. Then on 04/2014 the car went into the shop again. I was told it needed a new engine and that the 36 month/100,000 mile warranty as stated on GM's web site for replacement engines DOES NOT apply to me
    Can someone please HELP clarify and/or resolve this?

    Hello dkoen2000,

    We're sorry that you are facing another possible engine repair. I've received your private message and will be responding shortly. Talk to you soon.

    Amber N.

    GM Customer Care

  • I own an 07 outlook xr.  My engine seized at 85k miles in August 2015. Since it was not under warranty, I quoted several engine repair shops along with my dealer.  The owner of one shop said business is great due to issues with this engine.  I agree total engine failure is rare but wonder what GM is hiding.  The car looks great but has been a major disappointment (also had transmission, master cylinder, oil leak, sunroof leak issues along with the engine).  Will never buy another GM product.
  • gmcustsvc said:they won't do ANYTHING..I called them on my 2010 Buick Enclave. My motor threw a rod and all they said was I'm sorry but tbe warranty already expired...what a piece of junk. I WILL NEVER LET ANYONE BUY A BUICK..I WILL STEER THEM AWAY...

    @dkoen2000 said:
    I’m the original owner of a 2007 GMC Acadia. On 04/2012 @ 87,000 miles the engines was replaced. Then on 04/2014 the car went into the shop again. I was told it needed a new engine and that the 36 month/100,000 mile warranty as stated on GM's web site for replacement engines DOES NOT apply to me
    Can someone please HELP clarify and/or resolve this?

    Hello dkoen2000,

    We're sorry that you are facing another possible engine repair. I've received your private message and will be responding shortly. Talk to you soon.

    Amber N.

    GM Customer Care


  • Ceezalio33___Ceezalio33___ DelawarePosts: 1
    I have a 2007 Saturn outlook I am the second owner since buying the veichle in July 23,2018 I have since replaced water pump the thermostat and the thermostat housing unit the radiator a cooling cable and other things I have always visited a certified repair facility Faulk road automotive recently as of 02/28/2019 the transmission was repaired at Faulk road automotive upon test driving the veichle the car engine seized and now I have total engine failure the car was towed to the shop two shops actually so I don’t understand this is a value of a car that I’ve spent 3000.00 on transmissions and 1500.00 under engine hood 
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,482
    So the engine seized while you were driving, or you were with the mechanic, or did it seize while it was at the shop with you not there?

    What happened exactly? Lots of noise and smoke, or did it just suddenly stop while driving? How do we know the engine is seized rather than say, a broken timing belt or some such?

    Our Edmunds consumer reviews for this SUV are pretty good:

    https://www.edmunds.com/saturn/outlook/2007/consumer-reviews/

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