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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012008


  • 4,000 miles


I purchased a 2007 Saturn Aura xr new from Saturn of thornton rd. In March 2008. Beginning at purchase I have had to have the brakes replaced, 2 window motors redone, steering parts ordered and put on door handles replaced, and I am currently waiting for more steering parts and door handles to be ordered. I make monthly trips to this dealership to have something repaired...please help me.

- Winston, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a 2007 Saturn Aura xe. I discovered a major issue with the car. While driving for 1 hour in pouring rain, I started hearing a water sloshing noise in my driver's side door every time I came to a stop. After further investigation I determined that when water/rain was poured onto the outside of the door, over half the water would find its way into the door, collect in the door, and would only drain out when the door was opened (there is a hole at the bottom of the door, under the molding that water can drain out of). I called my Saturn dealership and then confirmed they had seen this issue once before. They ordered a new outside window seal part and I just had it installed. I will write again if the problem is not fixed. I was told that when the dealership ordered the part, that the part # had a revision on it (meaning that the original part must of had a defect and was replaced with a fixed part). I am writing this to inform all Aura owners to test your driver's side door to see if you have this issue also. If I had not heard the sloshing noise, the problem would have gone undetected and probably ruined the electronics inside my door eventually, not to mention causing mold. I tested this by using a garden hose and spraying the passenger side window for 30 seconds, then opening the door and seeing how much water flowed out the hole in the bottom of the door, then repeating for the driver's side door. I was noticing that 50X more water was flowing into my driver's side door. I would bet this is a huge issue with lots of Auras affected, but this is one of those things that normally would go undetected unless you know what to look for.

- St. Pete, FL, USA

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