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2007 Saturn Aura (Page 6 of 7)

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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.


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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,245 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura drivetrain problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #37

Jul 262012


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that she shifted into park but the vehicle did not respond and would not start. The contact mentioned that she had to engage the emergency brake in order to prevent the vehicle from rolling away. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Andrew, IA, USA

problem #36

Jul 192012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, she noticed that the vehicle would not shift gears. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the dealer advised the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 90,000. Updated 1/15/13 the consumer stated at the time of the failure the gears were shifting improperly. Once the vehicle was restarted, it would only go in reverse. Updated 1/24/2013

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #35

Jul 052012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2007 Aura xr 6 speed transmission just started not shifting properly. It is hunting for 3rd and 5th gear. The RPM is fluctuating during shifts and not shifting up, then depending on the point it decides to shift it slams into gear. The more acceleration the car is under the worse it gets as the RPM climbs quite high.

- Lake Bluff, IL, USA

problem #34

Jul 052012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 71,050 miles


I had been running errands and had no problem with the car all day until about 8pm. I pulled into a parking spot and tried to place the car in park and it would not go, just kept rolling back. I had more errands to run but figured it would be best to go home because I was worried at that point something was seriously wrong. Once I got home and pulled into my driveway the car still wouldn't go into park, then I tried to place the car in reverse and it would not go into reverse. At that point the shifter would not seem to go into any gear and I had to just shut the car off and put the emergency brake on so the car wouldn't roll. Now the car will not start at all, I assume since it's not in park! I have seen several other complaints on this same issue and can't tell if there had been a recall on the shifter cable/bracket but there definitely needs to be. My car is not stuck in the driveway and I will have to have it towed to a mechanic to be fixed. I had to find an alternate ride to drop my son off at daycare and drop me off to work today which is not very convenient!.

- Grand Rapids , MI, USA

problem #33

Jul 032012


  • 78,000 miles
Does not shift into intended gear. Does not shift into manual shift mode. Took to the dealer now I need a new transmission and catalytic converter. Sometimes does not shift passed 2nd gear.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

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problem #32

Jul 042012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 89,884 miles
04 July, 2012: While parking the vehicle in my driveway, I shifted into park and the vehicle continued to roll forward under power as I was exiting the vehicle.I shut the vehicle off and noticed that the shifter was binding. The vehicle would not start once it was shut off. After a brief under the hood inspection, I noticed that the shifter cable was frayed and the outer jacket was compromised. It appears that the inner core of the cable is broken and all but one or two of the stainless braided wires surrounding the inner core are completely broken. Vehicle is currently inoperative and not safe to drive.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #31

Jun 252012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 58,498 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that after parking his vehicle all of the power steering fluid leaked out. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the power steering pump malfunctioned. As a result, the pump and hoses needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 58,498. Updated 8/6/12

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #30

Jun 152012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Went to put vehicle into park and I could feel the shifter knob get sloppy and upon taking my foot off the brake, realized it was starting to roll backwards. Can only start car if in neutral and all other gears appear fine, except reverse feels like the shift is slightly off.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #29

Feb 132012


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the gear shift only shifted into neutral. The contact had the vehicle inspected by a mechanic and was informed that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The contact stated that the transmission had been slipping for several months and progressively got worse until the transmission failed. The contact stated that no warning lights ever illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 86,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #28

May 232012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Entering highway and lost gear - got 2nd back to be able to drive off the highway. Stopped for a train: Could not reverse. Lost gear: No forward or backwards on a two line bridge. Towed to a shop: Transmission control module malfunction. Able to get to a dealer: Nobody wanted to hear what happened - nobody able to tell when car would be even checked for problems. That was a serious safety issue: What if the vehicle stalled in a middle of a intersection instead of on a slow moving bridge. Dealer was not interested in hearing what I found about transmission issues and NHTSA investigation regarding 2007 Auras.

- Grosse Ile, MI, USA

problem #27

May 012011


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the vehicle intermittently surged forward when driving at any speed above 5 mph. The vehicle also hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and various sensors were replaced. The engine and computers were also replaced, but the failure continued. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately ten times and they were unable to remedy the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #26

May 232012


  • 71,000 miles
I was driving my Saturn Aura on highway when the car abruptly dropped gears and the speed at which I was traveling was significantly reduced. I quickly pulled over to check out the problem. There didn't seem to be any major malfunctions at quick glance. Hoping that it was just a minor mishap, I attempted to drive it again. It was good for about 30 seconds when the car suddenly jumped up to 4,000 RPM and would not allow me to drive above 40 mph. Luckily I was able to get the car off the nearby exit and into a parking lot. Once the car was parked, it would not reverse. This could have turned into a major incident had there been more traffic on the highway. There were no warning signs as the car had been driving fine up until then. I also keep up with routine maintenance.

- Bellmawr, NJ, USA

problem #25

May 102012

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. While the vehicle was parked, it began to roll and crashed into a curb while the gear selector was in the park position. The vehicle was unoccupied during the failure. The contact was able to enter the vehicle in order to engage the emergency brake and stop the vehicle from moving. The front bumper sustained minor scratches. The vehicle was being repaired by an authorized dealer. An open investigation associated with NHTSA action number EA11015 (power train: Automatic transmission: Park/neutral start switch; power train: Automatic transmission: Gear position indication (prndl) power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Floor shift) was related to the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was 69,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- West Babylon , NY, USA

problem #24

May 052012


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Saturn Aura. While traveling 5 mph, the contact attempted to shift into reverse and noticed that the vehicle would not shift out of the drive gear. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 109,000.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #23

May 032012


  • 51,116 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the driver parked on an incline and the vehicle rolled backward upon releasing the brake pedal. The driver then attempted to shift into another gear, but the vehicle remained in drive. The driver shut the vehicle off and was unable to restart it. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 51,116.

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #22

Apr 102012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 70,900 miles
My 2007 Saturn Aura failed to shift out of first gear while driving on a highway today this is an automatic transmission. While driving the car the transmission missed gears then would not shift out of first gear resulting in not being able to drive the car. I was able to get off the highway, park and call a wrecker to take to the dealer. I purchased the car in March 2007 and as noted only have 70,900 miles on the car. This car has had all maintenance work done and has been well taken care of by me and my wife. After parking the car I could do nothing with it other than start it and move it in first gear only to get it in position for the wrecker to pick up. The car had to be pushed backward as the automatic shifter would go into reverse but the transmission would not engage and it would not go backwards. This incident was very sudden while driving and the transmission was shifting in and out of different gears but this stopped when it dropped to 1st gear resulting in the car quickly lunging slower with very high RPM numbers.

- Hemlock, MI, USA

problem #21

Apr 022012


  • miles
My car is doing exactly what the other reports have mentioned. I have noticed it over the past two days and it is getting worse. Yesterday I attempted to put my car in park and it kept rolling backwards like it was in reverse. The locks on the car will unlock when the car is shifted into park and that clearly did not happen when the car was in park. It took me several attempts to get it to actually shift into park. Another time I attempted to put my car into park, it didn't shift, and I had to put on my emergency brake in order to get out. When I returned to my car about 45 minutes later, my car wouldn't start. I then had to put my car in neutral and start it that way. This is not safe and something needs to be done about this immediately.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Mar 222012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 80,535 miles
Complete loss of shift function with resultant failure to start.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #19

Mar 092012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The car first had problems starting in park on or around March 9th and then as the days went on the problem would get worse, then on the 16th of March 2012 I park in a lot to go into the store and the car would not go into park. That's when I noticed the car driving forward when I put it in reverse and I almost hit the car parked in front of me.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Feb 292012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
Put vehicle in park as exited vehicle it rolled away and stuck me. Found shift cable rubbing heater hose causing pressure cable and it broke.

- Runnells , IA, USA

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