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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,345 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Saturn Aura fuel system problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 152016


  • miles


Gas leaking for one of the electrical connectors. Seems as if the connector had sealant place as a fix instead of replacing the part. This car was purchased febuary 2016 with 49K miles.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 212015


  • 160,000 miles
The car constantly jerks and shakes... it wont go past past 40 mph without...the vehicle shaking. The vehicle cant get enough power..burns gas like crazy. The GM dealership wont do anything about it....

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #17

Aug 302015


  • 33,227 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. While idling, a strong fuel odor emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed as a fuel pump leaked and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,227.....updated 01/20/16

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 102015


  • 106,115 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. When attempting to start the vehicle, it started violently. The contact also stated that when the air conditioner was activated, there was a fuel odor present. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,115.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #15

May 182015


  • 38,696 miles
Gas fumes were detected when car taken in for annual smog certificate, after inspection gas leak detected coming from fuel pump, gas on top of gas tank

- La Verne, CA, USA

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problem #14

Jun 302014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Strong fuel smell coming from rear of vehicle near fuel tank, other Saturn of a similer year have been recalled for a leaking fuel pump but not the Aura even though there are many complaints of leaking fuel pumps on the Aura.

- Weatherford , TX, USA

problem #13

Aug 042014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles


Fuel smell, took to Saturn authorized service center, replaced fuel pump at a cost of $1272.13. Afterward, I found online reports of possible fuel pump defect for 2007 Saturn Aura but couldn't find information to verify if the car qualifies for any repair or reimbursement.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #12

Jun 302014


  • 90,000 miles
Had to replace a faulty fuel pump that cracked at the fuel line port and caused gasoline to leak from the fuel pump assembly and possibly cause a fire. Very similar to an open recall on 2007 Saturn ions, but there is currently no recall against the Aura fuel system...

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 232014


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the engine failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel tank had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Woodside, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 092007

Aura 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
I had my 2007 Aura for 1 week when driving a freeway, the car would not shift past 4th gear. I took it in for service and the technician found strange particles in the gears. He described it as small white plastic pieces. No explanation where they came from or what they were. He had never seen this before. The Aura, while not leaving me stranded has always has a "poltergeist", lights not functioning properly, engine lights coming on and off and no repairs needed, etc. I has always idled strangely, as if it might shut off at a stop and felt as if my RPM's increased but no speed during acceleration. Now, there is a problem with the fuel management system, which feels like a transmission issue (very hard jerking during shifting and down shifting),the car won't start after fueling. It has not been a vehicle of trust.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 182014


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the fuel pump module was leaking. The manufacturer was made aware of problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 042014


  • 52,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that a fuel odor was present in the garage and discovered a fuel leak under vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who diagnosed that the fuel leak was caused by a cracked in the fuel bump. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 52,000. Jft

- St. George, UT, USA

problem #7

Feb 042014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that a strong odor of gasoline was coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the fuel pump lid was leaking. The pump module was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Hilmar, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 042014


  • 600,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that a strong odor of gasoline coming from her vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic and the technician diagnosed the fuel pump lid was leaking. The pump module was replaced. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 miles and the current mileage 61,000 miles.

- Hilmar, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 032013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 100,100 miles
Oil is leaking on engine causing white smoke, smell filter inside of vehicle, but no oil on the ground.(use conventional oil) no accident since I purchase the car. Sometimes shift hard when going to next gear. Medal seen in engine oil.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 122013


  • 65,000 miles
I recently notice the smell of gasoline emanating from my vehicle. I initially checked the function and fit of gas cap. I removed to engine cover and started the vehicle to inspect fuel lines in the engine bay area as well as the area of and the fuel delivery system itself to the manifold. All the above inspections produced no visible signs of fuel leakage. I lifted the vehicle to inspect the fuel system from the firewall area to the fuel tank. Again, no obvious signs of leakage. At the fuel tank the smell was more intense but still nothing obvious. Due to the position of the fuel tank, inspection of the top half was not possible with my tool availability. Yet the intensity of the smell in the fuel tank area gave a strong indication of a leak at the tank. Upon a search online for possible solutions, I found that the 2007 Saturn ion has a fuel pump recall for exactly this issue and it specifies Arizona as an impact state. I truly believe my Aura is experiencing the same troubles associated with the fuel pump issue of the ion. I have made an appointment to have the issue diagnosed at my local dealership. While searching online I found several posting by other Aura owners who have experienced this same problem. Of those who paid for resolution, all found the leak stemmed from a cracked plastic fitting at the fuel pump. The reason behind the ion recall. Something needs to be done to expand the recall to other GM vehicles before a dangerous issue arises and someone is injured. I can't afford to fix my vehicle at this time yet I must travel daily to and from work. I pray that either I can afford resolution myself, or the NHTSA finds resolve for Aura owners before someone gets hurt or a vehicle receives major damage due to this fuel leak problem.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 102013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 61,325 miles
I have a 2007 Saturn Aura xe my problem is the seat motors housing driver side are starting to come apart when I move seat up/down the parts make a grinding noise and the frame is poking through the seat on the left back side lower cushion that is sticking me in the butt when I get into car.also the front brakes get really shaky when I have to stop suddenly on rough roads pedal seems to go to floor and brakes make loud clunking noise its a little scary to say the least. Also the post for my gas cap that allows the door to pop open fell apart the pin fell into the mounting hole and whole assembly is coming apart.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

May 082013


  • 108,000 miles
Vehicle is 6 years old had major engine failure due to timing chain failure 7000 cost to repir please help.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 012012

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
Sometime in November I started experiencing an extended crank where it took my car a few seconds longer to start up. By December this was still happening but now I was starting to smell gasoline in and around my vehicle. A friend of mine was a mechanic for Saturn for 17 years and now works for another dealer. He checked the car and determined this was a problem in the fuel line. Further investigation revealed that this issue matches a recall issue for the 2007 Saturn ion. I contacted GM at 800-521-7300 to ask if there were any recalls for the Aura for this issue that is identical to the ion recall and was told there are no recalls for my vehicle. This issue seems like it should warrant a recall as this is a safety issue and poses the same risk for fire. My vehicle has less than 50, 000 miles on it. I don't want to risk a vehicle fire while fighting to get a recall issued so I will end up paying out of pocket to fix this defect.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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