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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,849 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 312013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Exiting route 53 at lake cook road at 30 mph. All of a sudden, the car starting swerving and went down into a ditch for no known reason. The car was totaled.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012012

Aura 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
There is a clunk sound in the front end of the vehicle when moving from a full stop. A clunk can also be heard when slowing down preparing to stop. Took vehicle to authorized service center, dealer indicated the steering shaft needed to be replaced and a full 4 wheel alignment would be required. Repairs are scheduled for two weeks from today.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Car began groaning loudly when wheel is turned to the right (either parked of moving), steering feels "jumpy" took it to the dealership who replaced a strut and charged me for it, then I took it back and they replaced the intermediate steering shaft and charged my warranty. Took it back to the dealership a third time and they said the sound must be normal because no recalls have been issued, but they can not clarify what the issue is. The sound and steering jump feeling is abnormal and getting worse, see video:

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012010


  • miles
2008 Saturn Aura. Consumer states the front of the vehicle began making clunking noise the consumer took the vehicle to the local dealer, where they lubricated the intermediate steering shaft. As it turned out, that was only a temporary fix. In January 2012, the noise returned again, followed by a popping noise. Another visit to the dealer resulted in a quote of $500 to replace the left front control arm assembly and ball joint. An independent repair facility performed the work for $312 instead. The consumer stated the noise has since returned again to the steering shaft.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 212009

Aura 6-cyl

  • 19,247 miles
Took my Aura into Saturn on 12/21/09 for clicking noise, Saturn service repositioned intermediate steering shaft per technical bulletin. Now have the same prob going on again but I found another service bulletin 06-02-32-002D dated 06/17/2010 also another for front end clunk/rattle/knocks 06-02-32-007G dated 04/05/2010. I am currently out of warranty with the steering prob and noise from the front end. I have contacted Saturn customer service, they are not very helpful. All they want me to do is take it in to the dealership to have it diagnose then we will go from there. Today I found out the noise problem in the from end, it is the struts, both have to be replaced, big bucks.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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