Notes: The Saturn Aura was a mid-size car meant to replace the somewhat problematic L-Series. Unfortunately, the Aura brought its own problems: namely cheap brake parts that needed early replacement and a gear shifter that could say it’s in park while the transmission was still engaged.

Brake problems, including uneven wear and warped rotors that cause the car to wobble, are common complaints from 2007 owners. Did GM use metal for its rotors that can’t stand the heat? That’s what some say, and it’s hard to argue when reports show that rotors could start to warp as early as 500 miles off the dealer lot.

Meanwhile, a busted gear shifter cable lead to some unwanted rollaways. That’s because the shifter could say “Park” while the transmission was still in drive, reverse or neutral. A defect investigation into the issue was opened in 2011, eventually leading to a recall of 56,000 vehicles in 2014.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,000 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 052014


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated the vehicle was experiencing an electrical problem with the power door locks. The contact mentioned that the power locks would repeatedly lock and unlock independently while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013


  • 95,000 miles
Vehicle power door locks do not operate unless the car is being shifted in or out of park nor does the key fob work. Vehicle was taken to GM dealer and I was told they could not find a verifiable issue with the door locks. I have been locked out of the vehicle several time because there have been moments that the doors lock on their own. The dash lights also dim on their own and the chime no longer sounds when the doors are opened.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 032014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The locks continuously lock and unlock themselves; the emergency brakes when activated sometimes still roll.

- Lowell, MA, USA

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