NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,500 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 102009


  • 30,000 miles


When raining the driver and passenger door fill with water, drains when door is open this could not be good for electrical purposes.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 172007

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Underdoor rocker panel separation from car on both sides resulting in a 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap that allows water, carbon monoxide or any type of liquid road debris to enter the passenger cabin. This has occurred on a 2007 Saturn Aura xr, purchased on 30 Apr 2007. The car presently has 4020 miles on the odometer. Complaints to Saturn Corp. And my local retailer have resulted in no action to date. A complaint to the BBB is presently in progress; however, I am reporting this to the NHTSA because I believe that as the car grows older and the exhaust system wears, a possible leak of carbon monoxide gas can enter the cabin and cause an accident or death. This defect can be seen on many Saturn Aura automobiles.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

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