NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Aura (Page 3 of 4)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,953 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Jun 182014


  • miles


Brake lights malfunction on the 2007 Saturn Aura. Depress the accelerator and the brake lights engage - then press the brake and the brake lights turn off... reverse of how they should work. When the brake lights are on they may or may not stay on - it is unpredictable. A recall is listed online (GM recall number 13036; NHTSA campaign number 14V252000). Calling GM (1.800.462.8782) and Saturn (1.800.553.6000) resulted in no help - they acknowledge the recall but have not associated vins or released it to dealers. This is a safety issue. The recall needs to be released immediately and when vehicles are identified to have this issue they should be cleared to be fixed immediately under the warranty.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #38

Jun 112014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My car has electrical problems related tothe connector for the computer inside the dash just as noted under NHTSA recall# 14V252000. I am certain this is the problem because following advice I found online before the recall was issued I used an electronics cleaner on the connector and it helped but did not fix the problem. My brake lights either don't work or stick on. My left turn signal doesn't work. If I disconnect and reconnect the plug several times in seems to make it work but only for a short while so I know for sure this is the problem. I've checked my VIN and for some reason GM has not included my car in the recall. This is B.S. prior to the recall I paid GM dealerships several times to fix the issue and they failed each time. Now they have a recall for the exact problem my car has but they are trying to not include my car even though the recall is for 2007 Saturn Aura's with the exact problem my car has. I cant use my car because I cant get an inspection sticker due to the brake lights and turn signal not working. Its a freaking lawn ornament.

- Garyville, LA, USA

problem #37

Jun 072008

Aura 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Brake lights stayed on while driving and brake pedal released.

- Oak Creek , WI, USA

problem #36

Jun 022014


  • miles


2007 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to electrical problems. The consumer had to replace both headlights, one blinker and the dashboard light blinked off and on. Also, she smelled burning fumes at times.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #35

Aug 222011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 64,215 miles
Service ESC warning light. I was flagged by another vehicle in the evening that my brake lights were not working. When you press the brake pedal the brake light goes off. When you release the brake pedal the brake lights go on. I took my car to joseph Chevrolet in cincinnati oh. Joseph chev replaced the body control module on Aug 22, 2011. It cost me $535.72. They did not inform me that other vehicles were having the same problem. In September 2013 the brake lights again were not working properly. I filed a complaint to GM file # 71-1220534971 because this can cause a serious injury. I took my vehicle to joseph chev again but they could not replicate the problem and acted like they didn't have any idea what was wrong. Again after my 3rd visit to joseph Chevrolet with my car and a new file # 71-1300874571 joseph chev charged me $269.16 to replace the brake switch and repair wiring at bpp switch. I pleaded with joseph chev and GM that the car was unsafe driving with brake lights not working properly and they should not be charging me over $800 for a defect that is happening on other Saturn Aura vehicles. Having brake lights I thought was a basic function. They would not help me out with the charges. I had to spend the money because the car was unsafe to drive.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #34

Nov 112011


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to work properly. The brake lights illuminated when the brake pedal was not engaged and it would not illuminate when the brake pedal was applied. The failure continued to occur intermittently over a period of three years. The contact also stated that the cruise control was no longer functioning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who replaced the body control module twice; however, the failure continued to occur. NHTSA recall campaign number 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the VIN was included and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 192013


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the instrument panel would not illuminate and all of the gauges failed. The failure occurred intermittely. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #32

May 182012

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
The brake lights come on without touching the brake. Brake lights go off when I step on the brakes. I have taken the car into the GM dealership 4 times but the fix is only temporary. The brake light failure returns in about 6 months.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #31

May 072014


  • 98,000 miles
1st the day before. I brought the vehicle would not start, father in law jacked up and jump started the starter car started and moved forward as in drive. Jack fell and car fell on father in law under the car and continued to move forward while in park and ran over his body. I learned after incident GMC put a recall on the gear cable.just the day before the incident. I had car towed to fmc and they tell methis car has no recalls. It is all over the internet and published by the New York times on May 6, 2914. I am appalled this man could have lost his life in wal mart parking lot I am very thankful to the costwrmers which came running to help get this car off of the man under it.

- Marreri, LA, USA

problem #30

May 252010

Aura 6-cyl

  • 47,200 miles
This is a problem known by GM for Saturn and Impala for the same type-model-series vehicle as there are at least 2 technical bulletins addressing this problem. The body computer sets the brake lights on independent of brake actuation. This gives drivers behind the Saturn the false indication the Saturn is stopping creating confusion in that the following drivers no longer have confidence in the braking signal displayed. When the brakes are applied the brake lights momentarily extinguish then operate correctly. Analysis and troubleshooting concludes the problem is in the body computer to automobile connector. GM says applying dielectric grease to all the contacts on the body computer to automobile connector solves the problem; this is only a temporary fix as the problem recurs. If the driver is astute enough to note the problem (cruise control releases and won't set, or if at night sees the center brake light reflection in the rear windshield), applying sideways pressure to the connector may temporarily resolve the problem... but it will reoccur. Some shops want to replace the body computer for $300 dollars plus labor: I did this once. This may give the appearance of fixing the problem as the body computer to automobile connector must be removed and reattached during the process however again, this temporarily resolves the problem but the problem will reoccur.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #29

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

problem #28

Apr 012014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to air bag light comes on intermittently and other vehicle problems. The consumer stated the dealer told him to ignore the light or cancel it using the button on the steering wheel. The dealer stated there was nothing wrong with the air bag itself. The problem persisted and eventually, the dealer stated the entire passenger seat needed to be replaced. In June of 2013, when the consumer stopped for gas, the vehicle would not re-start. The vehicle had to be towed 150 miles to the local dealer. The problem was diagnosed as an ignition module. A few days ago, the driver's seat belt would beep 5 times and then a red light on the dash would blink, even though the driver had his seat belt on. Driving along a couple of miles, the beeping noise returned, as well as the red light. The problem was intermittent, but continued on for the remainder of the ride. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, where the problem was determined to be a module in the driver's seat and it would cost $1242 to replace it.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #27

Oct 092011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle did not restart. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who could not diagnose the failure because it would not start. The manufacturer paid off the balance of the loan. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #26

Feb 152013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
A fellow driver waved me down to tell me that my brake lights were "backwards, " I.e., the rear brake lights were on until I hit the brakes, then all rear lights went off. Worrisome, to say the least. An internet search revealed a likely problem with the BCM, with which there seems to be a grounding issue. I took the car in for service, and they were able to fix this issue. Other items have come up over time: No response to the remote control to unlock the doors (other buttons can be intermittent). Cruise control disengaging while driving, or cruise not setting at all; doors not locking/unlocking when the car is shifted from park to drive or vice versa; and the newest: The auto window on the driver's side every once in a while will not work, even though the lever is set to auto (resetting does not work; sometimes it will re-engage if the car is turned off for an hour or so, sometimes not). While most of these are "quality of life" issues with an older car, one should not have to maintain constant surveillance of the cruise control and/or rear brake lights and hope that an accident does not occur. Thank you for your time.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #25

Jul 112013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 101,950 miles
I had never had problems with the transmission before this. Then one day I was just driving a couple of mile to the bank. On the way there, my 2007 Saturn Aura seemed to kick and I experienced some hard shifting. On the way back, I started to lose power at times and the car was having trouble shifting gears. I barely made it home and got it into park. The next day I had the car towed 5 miles to an independent mechanic who recommended transmission tear-down inspection, plus diagnostics & computer scan revealed codes P0717 - input speed sensor, P0756 - shift solenoid B performance stuck off, P0989-tpf switch 5 circuit low volume, P0016, P0017, P0018, P0019 variable timing actuator, P0300 - engine misfire, P0455 evap leak, P0690 engine control, P0700 -transmission controls. I paid $650 to have 4 new speed sensor/solenoid, variable timing actuators installed, but the car wouldn't get out of 3rd gear so I had the car towed 25mi to the closest GMC Saturn/Chevy dealership for the transmission work since I was given $4K - $6K estimates for the balance of the work locally. At the dealership, they looked at it and after a week, they replaced cp $1,328.11??,internal pressure sensor solenoid failed, replaced trans control module and after paying over $1,050 of the $2,167.34 bill, they told me that the timing belt was stretched, and I needed to drive it tenderly but that it wasn't worth paying to have the chain replaced and the check engine light would remain on. I drove it home and the next morning the car still wouldn't get out of 3rd gear. I had to drive the 25 miles back to the dealer at 40mph on back roads which took 2 hours. I called GM to reduce the repair costs and finally got my car back Oct. 7, 2013 in a drivable state - check engine light was still on and shifting was rough. My problem is now I can't register my car or pass smog without spending another $2K-$5K.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #24

Nov 132013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Seat belt alert on dash keeps telling me that the seat belt for the driver is not buckled even when driver is buckled in. This is a recurring issue that had been handled under a warranty claim by replacing the dash cluster after many trips to the dealer. The first time it was replaced under manufacturer warranty. Now the issue has returned and GM is refusing any sort of replacement or diagnosis on this issue even though it deals with passenger safety. I have owned this vehicle since it was new and have on going issues with the dash cluster and it malfunctioning with GM telling me every time that they will no longer fix it. I would hate to see someone in my family hurt as a result of the seat belt not locking in an accident because the electronics do not see the seat belt as being buckled.

- Hayden, ID, USA

problem #23

Dec 012011


  • 60,000 miles
My 2007 Saturn Aura hybrid constantly has problems with the electrical system. Various components go off and on at seemingly random occasions. For example, I'll get halfway to work and the "check air bag" light will go on; when I get back in my car after work, the same light will be off and won't go back on. In another example, I might be driving to the store and the traction control will stop working, but will start again a few miles later. Sometimes the radio will not go on until I turn off and restart the car. Yesterday, the power steering light went on for a mile. Every system in the car has had its warning lights turn on and off at various times but since they don't stay on, I never know if it will be safe to keep driving my car or not. I just read some message boards and this appears to be a common problem with this car. Since it is a major safety issue (I had trouble steering while my power steering was out), possibly with the computer, there should be a recall and GM should fix these issues.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #22

Jul 142009

Aura 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I experienced the parking issue before the recall was issued. Saturn said it was my battery and charged over $100 to replace it even though I had a aaa report saying the battery was fine before they towed my car in. I literally drove the car home from the dealer, put my car in park and it would not start again. Saturn picked up my car for free and fixed the issue under warranty but refused to refund me for the battery. I brought my car in again when the recall was issued and they still would not refund the battery cost.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #21

Oct 152010


  • 42,503 miles
10/15/2010- brake light stays on when driving, and turns off when brake is applied. Tom bannen Chevrolet replaced the internal fault switch under warranty. 11/04/2010- brake light stays on when driving, and turns off when brake is applied. Tom bannen Chevrolet applied diolectric grease to connector pins under warranty. 9/13/2012- brake light stays on when driving, and turns off when brake is applied. Tom bannen Chevrolet calibrated the brake pedal position at my cost. 11/13/2013 brake light stays on when driving, and turns off when brake is applied. Tom bannen Chevrolet now states that they "think" it is the body control module. This has been a persistent problem with this car, and this issue is well documented with Saturn Aura's. this is a major safety issue with these cars, and will end up in someone getting rear ended.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #20

Sep 242013


  • 86,000 miles
This is my 2nd complaint regarding the brake lights on my vehicle. 1st incident occurred in the evening when I noticed the brake lights were not working properly. They were doing the exact opposite of what they're supposed to do. When accelerating, the brake lights were lit up....when pressing on the brake pedal to notify those behind me that I would be slowing down and/or coming to a complete stop, the brake lights would not illuminate, therefore, potentially causing an accident.. 9/24/13- I contacted grossinger Chevrolet in palatine, il & scheduled to bring my car in that same morning for evaluation & possible repairs. I just purchased these vehicle mid-August 2013. A diagnostic test was done & repairs were made to the tune of close to $1,000! was told the issue was BCM related & the extended warranty company wasn't going to cover this, which is another issue I am addressing. Not 2 weeks goes by & it's happening again!! I immediately called grossinger, spoke to the same service manager that took care of me the last week of September - he knew I would be calling & said verbatim, "the mechanic that repaired (or I thought) your vehicle told me you would be returning for the same problem"... since then, there's been 3 other instances in which other drivers made me aware my brake lights weren't working properly - again, all instances above, the brake lights were doing just the opposite of what they're supposed to do, the most recent being today, 10/13/2013. Please reference my initiaticket # [xxx], "IVOQ" from 9/24/2013. Enough already - stand behind your words!! "keeping you safe" - "our engineers and investigators look into problems you report to help ensure you and others stay safe on our nation's roads and highways." There's nothing safe about malfunctioning brake lights! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palatine , IL, USA

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