Timing Chain Came Loose

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (2 reports)
2007 Saturn Aura engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 112013

Aura 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


In 2013 the transmission went out on my car, replaced it at $3500. Then one month later, the timing chain came loose, smacked into my headers and screwed up my engine. I have never had this much problems with a car in my life. Now trying to find a motor to get this thing running is proving to be nearly impossible. Everyone that I have contacted wants to charge me $4500. I called to see if there was a problem with this car motor and transmission and they inform me that this is the first that they have heard of any problems. Seems to me that they are putting cheap parts into these cars and we as the consumer have to pay out the butt to have it fixed. This car is a Lemon, in every sense of the word.

- Gina B., Memphis, IN, US

problem #1

Apr 052013

Aura XR

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

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timing chain came loose timing chain came loose timing chain came loose timing chain came loose timing chain came loose

This car sucks. It's a Lemon.

Timing Chain came loose because GM used metal that was too weak, so the chain stretched out and ruined my entire engine. If GM knew about this then we should sue them. Thanks GM. Where's my bail out?

* I've had the car for less than 3 years and 40,000 miles and put in $10,000 worth of repairs. Buy Japanese cars from now on.

- Brad C., Melbourne, FL, US

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