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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,100 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.

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2008 Saturn Astra steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Saturn Astra Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012015

Astra

  • 128,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle steering became very difficult, nearly unresponsive. Vehicle was dangerous. Electro-mechanical power steering pump failed. Chevrolet/GM dealer is only entity capable/authorized of making repair as it has to be computer programmed. Kbb value of car approximately $4,473. Cost of repair $1,700 (38% of car value).

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #2

May 012014

Astra 4-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
Original owner of a Saturn Astra 2008 xr with less than 40,000 miles. Car started losing power steering at low speeds (I.e. turning from a stop, parallel parking, any movement that didn't require actively applying the accelerator such as backing up, slowing to take a curve, etc). Dealer states need to replace electric power steering motor and controller unit gear. Battery is at 35% and also needs replacing. No notice of low battery was shown on the dashboard. Last service (always at dealership) 12/31/13 they had to force the on-board computer to stop showing an engine problem code related to the intake system (P0068), as they couldn't find/replicate the indicated issue. GM says they won't cover this because of the age of the car, despite the low mileage and the fact that this is the same issue cited in various recalls since the beginning of 2014. They have, as of July 24, 2014, sixty different recalls covering almost 30 million cars. They have allowed extended warranties of 10 years or 100,000 miles to Saturn ions for this problem and issued actual recalls for, among many others, Saturn aura, sky, ion etc. For this and related problems.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 022008

Astra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Astra. The contact stated that the front end of his vehicle was out of alignment. While driving at any speed, he can feel the front end swaying to the side. The manufacturer stated that the roads were the cause of the failure and not the vehicle. They refused to service the vehicle. The failure mileage was 3,800. Updated 12/30/08. Updated 01/05/09.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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