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NHTSA — Unknown Or Other Problems

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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
199,500 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 miscellaneous problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 062016

Aura

  • 1,250,000 miles

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

Front drivers door and front passengers door will not unlock in any way, the door will not open from the inside handle or outside handles. The manual lock can be toggled, the key fob moves the locks it up down and the electronic unlock button inside works but the doors won't open. You have to climb into the back of the car and out the rear doors. I see this is a very popular issue on car forums and wonder if it should be a recall and GM should be held accountable.

- Broadview Heights, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 062014

Aura

  • 50,000 miles
My husband was alone driving, was early a.M. when a coyote ran out on country road. He has had this many times before having lived in the area over 60+ yrs. He was in 2 lane road, he went to brake and swerved when he said the car became unable to control, he hit the burn on side of road flipping car numerous times ending upside down. He was stuck in seat belt unable to get loose for 15 min finally getting out of it. He was seen by drs @ hospital and released with bruised ribs, cuts and abrasions. When I talked to him on phone later he relates what had happened also saying "it seemed like the car had a mind of its own, it wouldn' T steer or brake right." I told him to rest and I would talk to him later. That was the last time I ever talked to him, as he died of the blunt force trama from that accident, that was Oct 7, 2014. I believe his vehicle is to blame for this accident, as I know what kind of driver he is, off road, around our rural area animals are always jumping out on the road, and he never has had a accident. He doesn't panic, he knows how to drive off road, and have raced in score off road functions in he younger days. He was an excellent driver, driving others, because he didn't drink, and was very safe in driving.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Sep 282015

Aura

  • 125,000 miles
Steering started pulsating and moving itself. When trying to maneuver, the steering stuck and when enough force was used the steering broke free but would stick again. This resulted in somewhat erratic movements on the road. Potential for a crash felt as though it was high. Took to dealer where the power steering module and motor were replaced for a total of $767.26.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jul 062015

Aura

  • 167,000 miles

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

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 #5

Jun 082015

Aura

  • miles
My vehicle began with service traction illumination a couple of years ago. Took it into the GM elk grove dealership and they informed me that I had a bad catalic converter and fuel injection cleaning needed. Items were replaced and service completed. Within a couple/few years, my service traction light came back on with the check engine light and car began to stall, same issues as before. Took it back to GM elk grove dealership and they stated my catalic coverter needed to be replaced, my fuel tank, my air mass flow sensor replaced along with intake shaft sensor and another sensor. I fixed all items. Today not even 6 months later, my service traction light is back on, check engine light, and engine power reduced while driving on freeway. Speed reduced as low as 45miles per hour and when you come to a complete stop, car shakes.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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problem #4

Apr 142014

Aura

  • 45,500 miles
Just recently my 2008 Saturn Aura has been hit or miss with starting. The battery was replaced 1 month ago & there aren't any other known issues with the vehicle. It also has very low mileage; 45,000. The vehicle sometimes will not start. No noises, it just won't turn on. Sometimes you have to turn the key many times for it eventually start. I'm wondering if it's possibly the ignition switch and if there are any other reported incidents. I know that GMC has had recalls on other makes/models for this same issue & so I'm wondering if this vehicle should now be added to that list.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Nov 012010

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

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

Rear drivers side rear door lock stopped working initially, then drivers door stopped working randomly, now all are working randomly. Also, gear shifter when in park, is not always engaged an has rolled. This also seems to cause the car not to start at times as it doesn't think it is in park, giggle the gear shift and it will start. These are safety items and I don't believe they are normal wear and tear items that should be going at 50,000 ish miles.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 012010

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Rear drivers side rear door lock stopped working initially, then drivers door stopped working randomly, now all are working randomly. Also, gear shifter when in park, is not always engaged an has rolled. This also seems to cause the car not to start at times as it doesn't think it is in park, giggle the gear shift and it will start. These are safety items and I don't believe they are normal wear and tear items that should be going at 50,000 ish miles.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 072011

Aura

  • 62,000 miles
I dropped my son off at school today. When I arrived, I did not put the car in park. He exited the car, closed the door, and I drove away. About 100 yards later, I made a left turn, and the passenger door flew open. Had some one been in that seat, they could have fallen out easily. I tried to close the door, but it would not latch. I put the car in park and tried again. It still did not latch. I locked and unlocked the door using the power lock switch, and that only worked after two or three times. Later on my way home, I stopped at the store. Turned the car off, got out and shut the door. Again, it did not latch, and went through the same procedure. Then a repeat situation when returning home. I called Saturn customer service who set up an appt with my GM dealer and was told it would be between $50 and $100 to just have them look at it. Really? to me, this is a serious safety issue and in my opinion should be investigated free of charge.

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

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