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 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,333 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.

2008 Saturn Aura engine problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 232012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


This vehicle is a major safety concern for me. This car started jerking out of nowhere when I was on my way home from work. The other major problem it has is that if I have the car in one gear it forces itself to drive in another gear. I try to switch gears and that became almost impossible to do. This car did not switch to the correct gear when I was driving amidst traffic. A car could have easily toppled me over with this car not wanting to drive when I know that it is in the right gear. Most every other Saturn has had plenty of issues in regards to recalls. How this car seems to escape the same fate is beyond me. I never thought that I would be posting anything negative about my car but this needs to be brought to attention. This car is more of a safety issue than any other car I have previously owned.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 132011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Had my oil changed at the dealership. I went home and noticed a few days later that I was leaking oil. I returned to the dealership and he located a oil gasket up by the timing belt area was leaking. Just a few days ago my wife drives the same car and her vehicle is leaking oil from the same area. This can't be a coincident. She drives her car less and both vehicle are serviced as required. I was informed that it would be $800 dollars or more to repair the problem due to the location of the leak.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252010

Aura 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact moved the vehicle off the roadway and was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle then resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not taken to be examined for the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 40,000. Updated 10/28/10. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Updated 11/02/10

- Rochester, NY, USA

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