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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,216 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 Sky brakes problems

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2008 Saturn Sky Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Nov 102007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 450 miles


While starting up my 2008 Sky redline, the brakes do not work. I went to reverse out of the driveway and when I applied the brakes they did not work. I had to floor the brakes and it still kept going. This has happened to me 10 times and the car is only a month old. There are plenty forum discussions about this on this must be addressed. Someone could be injured or killed. Also, what if you gave the car to a valet or someone else to drive"??" anyone would be extremely scared. It's definitely a safety issue. Please resolve!!!

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 012007

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2008 Saturn Sky brakes fail to work when the engine is cold. Consumer states that the brakes work once the engine is warmed up. Manufacturer stated that all there turbo vehicles do that.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 282007

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Sky. While driving 4 mph, the contact heard a crunching noise when she depressed the brake pedal. The stopping distance increased. The dealer stated that this was a normal occurrence for this year, make, and model of vehicle. As of November 16, 2007, the dealer had not made any adjustments. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 20 and current mileage was 2,000.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 072007

Sky 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


2008 Saturn Sky [ redline ] brakes are inoperative for minutes after starting the vehicle. Seems to be a "normal trend with other Saturn Sky owners as well. Brakes are non functional for minutes after starting.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 052007

Sky 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,799 miles
When the car is started (cold start) the brakes do not work at first. If one sits there for 2-3 minutes and lets the vacuum build up - then they work. The manufacturer fails to mention this to the buyers. I have had this occur several times. I must mention that my car is a 5-speed stickshift. Shortly after purchase, I started my car - the emergency brake was on, my foot was on the brake, and as soon as I started to let up on the clutch the car jumped forward & my foot was still on the brake. Since then, I always place my car in neutral before starting. Then approximately a month ago: I went to move my car out of the garage to the driveway - I started the car, after approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute I put it into reverse, slowly backed out, and when I went to stop I had no brakes - thankfully I had the presence of mind to throw it into neutral and grabbed the emergency brake. Just missed going across the street to where children were walking to school. Then on Monday of this week, I started the car, let it idle for over 2 minutes, put into reverse to back out of the garage and had the same thing happened again. I discussed this with my dealer and was told to "just let the car warm up properly". this is worrisome because I cannot let anyone valet park or drive my car for fear that someone could get hurt. It is my understanding that GM did away with an auxiliary vacuum booster on the engine so now it takes time for sufficient vacuum to build up for the braking system to work. And I have discovered that a number of people are having this same problem with the 2008 model year of the Saturn Sky by perusing the website. Seems to have been a big mistake this is a disaster waiting-to-happen as not only is there going to be property damage caused but there is going to end up with people being injured or killed. And I do not believe that it should wait for someone to be maimed or injured for this to be looked into.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202007


  • miles
At startup in Sky 2008 power brakes fail to work, this happens every time car is started after sitting for more than 2 hours dealer refuses to provide any correction states its by design large number of people are having this problem

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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