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:
19,107 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura body / paint problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 152014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles


I brought a used 2007 Saturn Aura and I beginning to notice that if it rains the passenger door holds water and could in fact affect the electrical system causing the door lock to malfunction.

- Chattahoochee, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009


  • 26,427 miles
I purchased my car new off the lot while out of state. I have had several issues with this vehicle. I am unsatisfied with Saturn that they are not willing to look into these issues and fix, repair or replace the parts to fix the problems. Unless continuously my expense. The brake lights are lit while driving down the road, and when you place your foot on the pedal and apply pressure, the lights will go off, thus removing your foot from petal, 8 seconds, the lights for my brakes are back on. Mind you when you apply the brake, the lights go off, so explain this to the officers that stop me, and give me a ticket for repair because I don't have brake lights when stopping!! not to mention the times of being almost rear ended because of this issue! getting it fixed and it continues to reoccur is getting old. Does someone really have to be killed to fix this problem" the braking system in general with the rotors and pads has been a consistent repair replace factor. I have replaced brake pads, had rotors turned, had them replaced, etc minimum of every 10,000 miles due to the rotors being warped, causing severe shaking in the front end. Service garage at Saturn dealer just says this is a continued problem with the Aura vehicles, but nothing is getting resolved. Again, does someone really have to be killed to get these real issues settled" these are issues with the brakes, not with something minor. Again, issues with the air bag service light coming on, and the garage not finding a repeating error, occurs yet occasionally. Fix by turning car off and restarting. Inflate tire signal repeatedly occurs, yet to find actual cause for this issue. These are the real concerns I have with this vehicle, minor issues are the doors filling with water, pealing of interior on black areas of door molding, handles. Failure of increase of immediate speed when wanting extra power to pass or coming in on ramp to highway traffic and does not kick down immediately.

- Montague, MI, USA

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

Nov 152008


  • 20,000 miles
The front air dam on my 2007 Saturn Aura has broken off the car. I had visited and found a technical service bulletin campaign 07215 dated Aug 2007. When I had my car in for state inspection in March 2008, the dealer(Saturn of syracuse) told me the part would be replaced as they had seen other Aura's with the same problem and they were ordering parts. When I checked back with the dealership, they said that General Motors decided not to pay for a replacement part. I believe that this is also a problem on other GM cars.

- Jamesville, NY, USA

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