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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Saturn Aura fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 052016

Aura 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While the vehicle was parked, a strong odor of fuel was observed. The contact noticed fuel leaking from the rear of the vehicle. The contact stated that they experienced the same failures explained in NHTSA campaign number: 13E043000 (fuel system), but the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000. The VIN was invalid. Updated 06/29/16 the consumer stated the fuel return line at the fuel pump broke, due to bad plastic. Fuel began leaking on the tank and the exhaust. The fuel pump was replaced. Updated 08/02/16.

- Palm Dalm, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 072008


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While filling the tank with fuel at a service station, the contact observed a gasoline leak coming from the fuel tank underneath the vehicle. He noticed a stream of gasoline on the ground. The fire department was called to the scene for safety concerns. The vehicle is currently being towed to an authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 4,000. Phone interview update (Jul-09-2008): The complainant did not realize for a while that the fuel tank was leaking while he was refueling it. He estimated that four gallon of gasoline was spilled. The Saturn dealer told him that something connecting to the fuel tank was leaking and that the fuel tank had to be replaced. The vehicle was still at the Saturn dealership awaiting repair.

- Indianiapolis, IN, USA

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