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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
83,223 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.

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2008 Saturn Aura steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #4

Oct 112011

Aura 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Saturn Aura 2008 xe 4cyl. Front end clunk felt in steering wheel and feet at low speed, especially when doing slight turns with braking. Repair shop said struts were no good (at 17,500 miles). Replaced struts at over $700. Clunking continued. Repair shop now says rubber bushings in power steering rack are no good. Replacement bushing are not available anywhere as far as we can tell - even checked on Malibu and Pontiac G? - no luck. Car is out of warranty. Repair shop was told that entire steering rack had to be replaced (hundreds of dollars) because there is no source to get $3 bushings. Repair shop said safe to drive, so car was not repaired and clunking will not get fixed. Shoulda bought a Japanese car.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 192010


  • 44,000 miles
Squealing noise in Saturn Aura 2008 steering column when engine warms up..some loss of steering power assist when this happens. Chevy dealer said premature failure of power steering unit..must be replaced for $900. Had problems since car was purchased from dealer used with 44,000 in Feb 2010.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 092010

Aura 4-cyl

  • 65,100 miles
2008 Saturn Aura 4 cyl has power steering problems. Light comes on and off and then the steering locked up while I was driving at about 45 mph. Turned off engine and restarted and steering was back. Having this problem for about 6 months. Saturn said needs new motor for about $300. Ridiculous!!

- Paulina, LA, USA

problem #1

May 012008


  • 15,000 miles
I am having trouble with my steering. I hear a clunking sound and loose pop feeling in my steering shaft especially on stop and go on upgrades and turning hard sharp turns.. they lubed the intermediary steering shaft but its back again after 5000 miles. I feel the car is unsafe to drive at highway speeds.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

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