NHTSA — Electrical System: Software 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Saturn Aura electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 272007

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


Incompatibility of on-board garage opener system with my garage door, resulting in being asked to buy a $38 converter kit from lear. Later, through the intervention of a friend who is a GM plant manager, he was able to get my $38 credited to my card. It is unfortunate that it took his intervention to get this problem solved. The dealer had no fix (not even an explanation) for why the in-car unit wouldn't work, but instead referred me to a lear 800 number, where I bought the converter unit. Perhaps GM can announce that they will provide the converter unit at no cost to the consumer if they experience the same incompatibility problem.

- Centerville, OH, USA

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