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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Electric Problems

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

CarComplaints.com Notes: The Saturn Aura was a mid-size car meant to replace the somewhat problematic L-Series. Unfortunately, the Aura brought its own problems: namely cheap brake parts that needed early replacement and a gear shifter that could say it’s in park while the transmission was still engaged.

Brake problems, including uneven wear and warped rotors that cause the car to wobble, are common complaints from 2007 owners. Did GM use metal for its rotors that can’t stand the heat? That’s what some say, and it’s hard to argue when reports show that rotors could start to warp as early as 500 miles off the dealer lot.

Meanwhile, a busted gear shifter cable lead to some unwanted rollaways. That’s because the shifter could say “Park” while the transmission was still in drive, reverse or neutral. A defect investigation into the issue was opened in 2011, eventually leading to a recall of 56,000 vehicles in 2014.

5.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,756 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Saturn Aura brakes problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 142010

Aura

  • miles

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

Brake lights come on while driving day or night and when pedal is depressed lights do not come on. Must drive with foot depressing brake pedal in order for lights to remain off. This is serious as the driver behind thinks that I am riding the brakes and then when I do need to brake there are no brake lights.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #8

Oct 252010

Aura

  • 49,000 miles
2007 Saturn Aura. Brake lights started coming on for no reason while driving at night. When brake pedal was depressed, the lights would go out. Consequently, when pressing the brake pedal to stop, my brake lights did not go on. The cruise control did not work while this was happening. If I set the cruise after I tapped the brake pedal to turn off the brake lights, the cruise would engage for a couple of seconds, then turn off and the brake lights went on again. This was a very dangerous situation and I felt very unsafe driving my vehicle at night. This only occurred at night, so wonder if it's tied in some way to the headlights. Cruise and brakes work fine during the day. Took to my mechanic today and he replaced the brake switch. Haven't driven at night to see if problem is resolved.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #7

Oct 062010

Aura 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
2007 Saturn Aura's brake lights will not go on. When you slam on the brakes in the vehicle or pressing the brake pedal to quickly shifting from park, it must mess up a switch or a sensor. After slamming on the brakes the next time you press the brakes the brake lights will not light. Occasionally the brake lights will randomly come on, however, when one applies pressure to the brakes the lights will then go off again. This is a very serious matter and could cause problems notifying other drivers of the vehicles deceleration. I am not sure if anything was done to correct this problem I'm still having it. It seems to occur every time the brake pedal is rapidly pressed. I have done web based research and it seems that other consumers have experienced the same problem.

- St Marys, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 182003

Aura

  • miles

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

Since buying my Saturn Aura in March 2007 my life has been a complete headache. I first had to take my car into the shop with only 2300 miles on it for rack and pinion to be replaced. Since then it has been in the shop no less than every 6 months. I have had to replace the brakes and rotors two times, motor mount, passenger air bag, sunroof drain, water pump, coolant crossover pipe, water reservoir, steering shaft and more. Now my rack and pinion is bad again and they will not fix it. Also there is a major rattle in front of car and squeal coming from front drivers side tire. They tell me that there is nothing wrong and cannot duplicate. Just recently I have started to notice that my car steering is funny and also that it cuts out or accelerates on it's own. I am planning on getting it back in again to the shop soon. I do not feel safe driving this car. I have three small children and want something done to stop all the problems.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #5

Feb 062010

Aura

  • miles
Saturn Aura has already been in the shop almost 30 days in the past year. It has 32,000 miles on it and now they are telling me I need new back brake pads and the rotors turned. It makes a horrible highpitched screeching noise when you hit the brakes, when you turn, and sometimes when you are just going down the road.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 202009

Aura

  • miles
Back brakes were feeling different and when I had car inpected found that it needed back brakes and routers. My car had only 38000 miles on it. I found this to be very unusual also. Had them replaced and all is good for now.

- Greenwich, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 012009

Aura

  • 49,000 miles

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

The brake pedal position switch is incorrectly programmed, this causes the brake lamps to operating in a constant state of illumination when the pedal is not pressed, worse yet the brake lights shut off when brake pedal is pressed. I have already replaced the brake switch and relay. This is the same issue for recall Pontiac G8 recall NHTSA campaign id number: 09V172000.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 012008

Aura

  • 4,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Saturn Aura xr new from Saturn of thornton rd. In March 2008. Beginning at purchase I have had to have the brakes replaced, 2 window motors redone, steering parts ordered and put on door handles replaced, and I am currently waiting for more steering parts and door handles to be ordered. I make monthly trips to this dealership to have something repaired...please help me.

- Winston, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112008

Aura

  • 34,800 miles
The car's brakes started making funny noises and when depressed the steering column would vibrate. Saturn said the rotors were warped and re-surfaced them at 13,000 miles. At 35,000 miles the car started to do the exact thing. However the dealership would have nothing to do with them this time and said they were not covered under the warranty. The rotors need to be replaced. There was 65% of the brake pad life yet. The failure was premature and corporate will not fix the problem. It seems like there was bad metal involved in the rotors.

- Champaign, IL, USA

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