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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2008 Saturn Aura (Page 1 of 5)

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Aura’s issues with brakes, such as worn out rotors, isn’t as severe as the prior model year, but let’s just not start awarding them any brake awards just yet. Does that even exist? “The Brakies”?

One thing the 2008 does share with the 2007 is a recall of a busted gear shifter cable which can make it look like your car is in park, when the transmission is still engaged. You can only imagine what kind of fun that causes.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,450 miles

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2008 Saturn Aura drivetrain problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #85

Sep 192016

Aura

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact was unable to shift the vehicle into any gear and the shift cable was not attached in the proper area. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Goodland, KS, USA

problem #84

Mar 032014

Aura

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the arm bracket near the gear shift malfunctioned. In addition, the bushing cable failed to work in conjunction with the gears changing. The contact had to apply the emergency brake. When the vehicle was turned off and restarted, the gear was able to change from drive to park. The dealer and manufacturer were notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and 12V460000 (power train). The approximate failure mileage was 134,000.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #83

Jul 232016

Aura

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While the contact attempted to shift gears to drive the vehicle, the shifter would not move. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the shift cable failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 and 12V460000 (power train); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 129,000.

- Goodland, KS, USA

problem #82

Jul 182016

Aura

  • 56,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the gear shifter was stuck in park. The vehicle was towed to a Chevrolet dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission cable fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The failure mileage was approximately 56,000.

- Peach Three, GA, USA

problem #81

Jul 182016

Aura

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while stationary, the transmission shift cable failed causing the vehicle not to be able to switch gears. The vehicle was taken to an unknown location where it was diagnosed that the transmission cable fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

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problem #80

Jun 302016

Aura

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While attempting to place the vehicle in reverse, the gear shift would not move. The contact notified a nearby mechanic of the failure. The mechanic stated that there were loose screws in the gear shift. Once the mechanic tightened the screws, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer where she was informed that repairs could not be made. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and the gears were getting jammed on multiple occasions. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #79

May 262016

Aura

  • 170,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While in an intersection and attempting to drive, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was placed in park and would not shift out of the park position. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission shift cable fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the shift cable fractured prior to the recall repair and after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000. The VIN was not available.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #78

Apr 082016

Aura

  • 60,000 miles
While driving the car at all speeds, the car jumps in and out of gears while in drive. I have a 30 mile drive to work, and on average this happens 8 times. I have had my car to the dealership numerous times since I purchased the car new in 2008. Each time they take it for a test drive, and then tell me that they cannot reproduce the situation. Yet I take the car home, and not a mile down the road, it will happen to me. I now have just 60,000 miles on the car, and I'm hoping that I won't have to purchase a new transmission after numerous trip to the dealerships. While it was under warranty.

- Wayne, MI, USA

problem #77

Mar 252016

Aura

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While accelerating from a stop light, the transmission shifted abnormally. The vehicle would not shift into third, fifth, and sixth gears nor reverse. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired.the manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #76

Jan 282015

Aura

  • 60,000 miles
Takata recall ?? I was driving home, heard a loud noise in back of car, did not know what it was. Got home, went to back in garage & reverse would not work. Put in drive, very sluggish movement. Was able to park, but next morning, husband was unable to shift any gears to work. Car was towed, told transmission.

- Turtle Creek, PA, USA

problem #75

Jan 062016

Aura

  • 76,000 miles

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

The engine light came on in October saying replace engine & replace timing chain, the mechanic replaced actuators hoping this will eliminate the error indicator lights, it did not. The check engine light came on again January 6th, 2016 with the same codes: Replace engine, replace timing chain. This car has 76,000 miles on it and should not have this problem. I called GM case #8-1761877745 they denied my claim and refused to help. The car is sitting, not being driven. I'm very upset. I need help.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #74

Dec 312015

Aura

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the transmission became inoperable. The vehicle was towed to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Los Angelos, CA, USA

problem #73

Dec 082015

Aura

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While attempting to shift the parked vehicle into any gear, the gear shift seized and the check engine light illuminated. The failure occurred once. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #72

Sep 292015

Aura

  • 84,000 miles
Case # with GMC is 81598832107 9/30/15 was at left turn lane to go in my neighbor hood put in park to grab something of the floor when I put back into drive my car started to reverse. Put it back into park and then drive and the same thing. Lucky I had my neighbor behind me him and others help me push it to a safe zone very close to my house, pushed it half way on drive way and put in park and it rolled across the street while trying to stop it I put myleft foot down caused more pain due to me recent surgery. This car has been to GMC for the recall cable 3 times, this time they said they only place half of it and will now replace the whole cable. Was called on 9/30 5 hours at the shop and was told it was ready, I explained that I don't feel safe driving this car. Too many times for the same cable....I've also had a issue with the smell of gas coming from the car but could not see any fuel, so I took to a mechanic and had them look at it and said te top of the fuel pump was cracked I had them replace the whole pump...there was fuel leaking under my seat, I have now seen there is other Saturn Aura with the same problem. I don't feel safe driving this car this a big issue and if GMC and I can come to an agreement it will be easy agreement. I was really glad that I did no give this car to my young nephew who knows what would of happened......

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #71

Aug 102015

Aura

  • 122,380 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while the vehicle was off and in the park position, the vehicle rolled forward. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,380.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #70

Jan 012015

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to transmission shift cable recall repair issues. The consumer stated she received a recall letter in November 2012. She scheduled an appointment at the dealer and the repairs were made in January 2013. However, sometime in early 2015, it became difficult for her to shift gears, particularly between reverse and drive. Finally on July 3, 2015, while trying park, the gear would not move from drive to reverse. After quite a struggle she was able to get the vehicle into park, remove the key and set the parking brake. However, when she tried to re-start the vehicle minutes later, the ignition would not start. With the vehicle still in park, with the parking brake set, the vehicle began to roll forward into another vehicle when the battery was being jumped. Fortunately, the consumer was able to stop the vehicle before it made contact with the other vehicle. In order to start the vehicle she had to find where the neutral was on the transmission;park on the gear was reverse for the transmission; drive for the transmission was between neutral and reverse; and park for the transmission was absent requiring the emergency parking brake to hold the vehicle in place. An independent mechanic replaced the transmission shifter cable and the bracket that was replaced back in January 2013. The original part, that was not a problem at the time, was replaced with a part that became a problem later. The consumer referenced recall # 12V460000.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #69

Jul 062015

Aura

  • 167,000 miles
7/6/15-pulled into a parking space, put car in park, got back in, put car in reverse, pulling out backwards. When I put car back into drive it wouldn't go into forward. Car was running but I had no gears and my shifter was loose...nothing. I looked on line for any other recalls on my 2008 Saturn Aura for this problem and found bulletin # 14152, which states my vehicle has a condition which the transmission shift cable could fracture at any time. When this fracture occurs, the drive may not be able to select a different gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended direction. The car may not be able to be shifted into park or any other gear. I believe this is what has occurred. When I called the phone # for Saturn I was told that my car does not come under this recall, yet back in November of 2012 I did receive a recall for a similar problem with the transmission shift cable that has end fitting tabs that may fracture or break. This problem was fixed by a GM dealer in August of 2013. Checking online I found that recall # 14152 expands an earlier recall #12106 (which was corrected 8/2013), yet Saturn says this June 2014 recall # 14152 does not apply to my car. I believe that it does. Can anyone help me with this so I can drive my car again?

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #68

May 292015

Aura

  • 110,765 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While traveling at a low rate of speed to back out of a parking space, the transmission cable fractured without warning. As a result, the contact's vehicle rolled backwards on an incline and across two lanes of traffic. The vehicle was unable to be moved due to the failure. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where a transmission cable kit and brackets were installed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and 12V460000 (power train). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,765. Updated 09/14/15

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #67

Mar 262015

Aura 6-cyl

  • 253,000 miles
35R wave plate failure.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #66

Apr 092015

Aura

  • 108,120 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While shifting gears, the vehicle shook. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,120.

- Gunnison, MS, USA

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