Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,606 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #57

Nov 032014


  • 103,622 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the brake and the air bag warning lights illuminated. The contact also stated that the instrument cluster failed when attempting to change gears. In addition, the rear passenger door lock failed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic and vehicle speed control) and 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,622.

- Greenbay, WI, USA

problem #56

Oct 012014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Can't turn ignition off, engine still runs after key is pulled out. When we did get it to stop, turned key all the way past the stop position, counter clockwise will it was not running and it tried to start. Even tried to start after turning it to the right then back to off position, tried starting in the off position.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #55

May 052014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the check engine and traction warning lights illuminated. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the part needed was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #54

Sep 052014


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated the vehicle was experiencing an electrical problem with the power door locks. The contact mentioned that the power locks would repeatedly lock and unlock independently while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #53

Mar 012013


  • 95,000 miles
Vehicle power door locks do not operate unless the car is being shifted in or out of park nor does the key fob work. Vehicle was taken to GM dealer and I was told they could not find a verifiable issue with the door locks. I have been locked out of the vehicle several time because there have been moments that the doors lock on their own. The dash lights also dim on their own and the chime no longer sounds when the doors are opened.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #52

Jul 012014


  • 78,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the vehicle would remain started when the key was out of the ignition. The dealer repaired the ignition switch. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Colorado Springs, FL, USA

problem #51

Sep 212014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 143,500 miles


Since purchased issue with steering, had alignment before purchase but steering is just simply off. The cruise works when want and scare me when pick up speed goes too fast. We were in a group following one another and person behind me said my brake lights were not working. They were working backwards, when not applying brake, brake light was on, when applied brake lights on. There was mechanic in group he checked, said could be wiring and take to dealer. When put on signal have to hold and when it does work have to cut off. I would really enjoy this car, but do have some issues. Looked up recalls had nine, called dealership only 2 came up, but one had to do with brakes. New or used look up recalls before you make a purchase.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #50

Sep 222014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Wewahitchka, FL, USA

problem #49

Sep 152014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
I brought a used 2007 Saturn Aura and I beginning to notice that if it rains the passenger door holds water and could in fact affect the electrical system causing the door lock to malfunction.

- Chattahoochee, FL, USA

problem #48

Aug 092007

Aura 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
I had my 2007 Aura for 1 week when driving a freeway, the car would not shift past 4th gear. I took it in for service and the technician found strange particles in the gears. He described it as small white plastic pieces. No explanation where they came from or what they were. He had never seen this before. The Aura, while not leaving me stranded has always has a "poltergeist", lights not functioning properly, engine lights coming on and off and no repairs needed, etc. I has always idled strangely, as if it might shut off at a stop and felt as if my RPM's increased but no speed during acceleration. Now, there is a problem with the fuel management system, which feels like a transmission issue (very hard jerking during shifting and down shifting),the car won't start after fueling. It has not been a vehicle of trust.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #47

Jul 132014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles


I have a 2007 Saturn Aura. I'm currently experiencing the issue associated with NHTSA campaign number 14V252000 (recall # 13036). Additional to this issue, I'm complaining that this issue could be associated with draining my car battery. Since this issue I have replaced three (3) brand new batteries. I had my alternator checked twice and both test results diagnosis was passed. Which means that my alternator is good and didn't need to be replaced. Each time I have my battery replaced with a brand new battery the life span of the battery is about 3 weeks. After that the battery is dead. If I don't replace the battery and get a jump start the life span of the battery last about 7-10 days before I will need another jump start. Today, August 9, 2014 I again had my battery and alternator diagnosed and both passed the test. I was told by a certified GM mechanic that my issue could be related to electrical system that is draining (killing) my battery because there is nothing wrong with the battery and the alternator. Could this issue (14V252) be the reason my I'm experiencing my battery to died/drain because of my car is affected by electrical system and electronic stability control issues? the consumer stated the shifting cable was replaced twice and the transmission needed to be replaced. Updated 2/24/2015

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #46

Aug 072014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 133,360 miles
Car ran fine this morning on the way to work, which is not even 2 miles from my home.went to work and straight back no problem. Got in my car this evening to go get food started the car, check engine light came on, and my air bag light came on went to pull forward and the car was jerking and making knocking noises...

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #45

May 082012

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased my vehicle in 2011 with 55,476 odometer within this time frame I had to replace fuel pump and the alarm system is not functioning at all. The air bag system comes on and off even in the process of me driving. I haven't been notify due to any of these matters until I found web site.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #44

Jul 082014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 64,543 miles
As I was crossing railroad tracks the vehicle turned off. I looked at the ignition and it had turned out of the on position. I have no extra keys on the key chain.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #43

Jul 072014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
Received 2 recall notices, recall # 14152; and recall # 13036. Recall# 14152, has been replaced I'm assuming. My concern is that my vehicle accelerates at an higher speed than what I'm driving, the RPM dial shoots up to 5 or 6 on the RPM dial then gradually go down to 1. when I am at an complete stop, my vehicle is slow about accelerating, which can be scary because people behind me are driving faster than I'm moving, then all of a sudden my vehicle accelerates at a higher speed than I'm driving. I pray that this recall will resolve this issue I am an 65 year old lady, with 2 grandchildren that I take on different events. I'm concerned about an potential safety default in my vehicle could cause an fatal accident to myself or someone else especially my grandchildren. This letter is notice to you of my concern driving this vehicle. I can't purchase another car I'm on an fixed income. Thank you. Oh by the way recall #13036 is not in stock yet, I'm waiting for part to come in.I pray it will come in before my car breakdown permanently.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #42

May 022011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. While driving 45 mph, the air bag indicator illuminated. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer stated that there could have been an electrical failure in the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #41

May 022013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I had my door open during a snow storm as I was trying to push my car out of the street. The door got a little wet. Ever since then the doors have been locking and unlocking themselves whether the car is on or off. The keyless entry no longer works. The trunk will no longer open. The passenger seat airbag randomly turns on and off even when there is a passenger in the seat. The mechanic said I should replace the body control module, but this did not solve the problem either. They currently have all of the locks unhooked so they won't keep turning on and off while I am driving.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #40

May 242013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Door locks malfunction constantly locking and unlocking. Engine heat can be felt inside the car when driving causing the A/C to be used excessively waisting more gasoline. Windshield wipers wear out quickly and do not wipe water off of driver side glass well. Radio and speakers electrical malfunctioning. Lettering rubbed off on functional buttons on steering wheel and doors. Air bag light malfunction. Hood of car developed weather spots. Insulation at the top of front window worn out.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 182014


  • miles
Brake lights malfunction on the 2007 Saturn Aura. Depress the accelerator and the brake lights engage - then press the brake and the brake lights turn off... reverse of how they should work. When the brake lights are on they may or may not stay on - it is unpredictable. A recall is listed online (GM recall number 13036; NHTSA campaign number 14V252000). Calling GM (1.800.462.8782) and Saturn (1.800.553.6000) resulted in no help - they acknowledge the recall but have not associated vins or released it to dealers. This is a safety issue. The recall needs to be released immediately and when vehicles are identified to have this issue they should be cleared to be fixed immediately under the warranty.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #38

Jun 112014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My car has electrical problems related tothe connector for the computer inside the dash just as noted under NHTSA recall# 14V252000. I am certain this is the problem because following advice I found online before the recall was issued I used an electronics cleaner on the connector and it helped but did not fix the problem. My brake lights either don't work or stick on. My left turn signal doesn't work. If I disconnect and reconnect the plug several times in seems to make it work but only for a short while so I know for sure this is the problem. I've checked my VIN and for some reason GM has not included my car in the recall. This is B.S. prior to the recall I paid GM dealerships several times to fix the issue and they failed each time. Now they have a recall for the exact problem my car has but they are trying to not include my car even though the recall is for 2007 Saturn Aura's with the exact problem my car has. I cant use my car because I cant get an inspection sticker due to the brake lights and turn signal not working. Its a freaking lawn ornament.

- Garyville, LA, USA

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