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2007 Saturn Aura (Page 1 of 3)

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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.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,223 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Jun 302016

Aura 6-cyl

  • 77,054 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. While driving approximately 45 mph and turning into a parking lot, the contact was informed by another motorist that the brake lights were illuminated for approximately three miles. However, when the vehicle was stopped and the brake pedal was depressed, the brake lights were not illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer and they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was repaired per an unknown recall for the same failure in September of 2014. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 77,054. Updated 08/30/16 the consumer went to another dealer, where the problem was fixed. Updated 10/26/16.

- Hartland, MI, USA

problem #47

May 142016


  • 148,500 miles
Takata recall the ECM light was on the brake lights stay on when car is on and when applying the brakes the brake lights go out. It his difficult to move the shifter from park to another gear. I have this car for 2 years and every time I check there is no recall on my car. The air bag light on passenger side comes and goes all the time.

- Spout Spring, VA, USA

problem #46

Jun 032014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the brake lamps failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the brakes lamps illuminated when the brake pedal was not depressed. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, service brakes, exterior lighting, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), but the remedy failed to repaired the vehicle. The contact mentioned that all the failures related to the recall recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #45

Sep 012014


  • 75,700 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the exterior brake lights illuminated when the brake pedal was not depressed and the exterior brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact stated that the electronic stability and traction control were disabled and the cruise control disengaged intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the body control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,700...updated 10/19/15

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #44

Apr 222015

Aura 6-cyl

  • 103,310 miles
While driving the brake lights come on automatically and have to keep pressing brakes to make them go off. Also the cruise control will not engage unless I'm at 70 mph or will not engage at all.

- Eatonton, GA, USA

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problem #43

Jan 282015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), the brake warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Brookesville, FL, USA

problem #42

Mar 012013


  • 95,000 miles


Vehicle power door locks do not operate unless the car is being shifted in or out of park nor does the key fob work. Vehicle was taken to GM dealer and I was told they could not find a verifiable issue with the door locks. I have been locked out of the vehicle several time because there have been moments that the doors lock on their own. The dash lights also dim on their own and the chime no longer sounds when the doors are opened.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #41

Sep 222014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Wewahitchka, FL, USA

problem #40

Jun 102014


  • 65,000 miles
The gear shift would not go into to park, neutral, or reverse, the gear shift to the transmission broke. The steering column fluid is leaking, the front head light went out. The head gasket is wearing out, the car is rusting already on the body. The air conditioning fan is not blowing out cool air or heat. "the transmission feels like it slipping sometimes. I feel so betrayed to have been sold a car that needs so much work when all I wanted was a dependable car to get me to my part time job. Please advise? thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Wayne,, IN, USA

problem #39

Jul 132014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2007 Saturn Aura. I'm currently experiencing the issue associated with NHTSA campaign number 14V252000 (recall # 13036). Additional to this issue, I'm complaining that this issue could be associated with draining my car battery. Since this issue I have replaced three (3) brand new batteries. I had my alternator checked twice and both test results diagnosis was passed. Which means that my alternator is good and didn't need to be replaced. Each time I have my battery replaced with a brand new battery the life span of the battery is about 3 weeks. After that the battery is dead. If I don't replace the battery and get a jump start the life span of the battery last about 7-10 days before I will need another jump start. Today, August 9, 2014 I again had my battery and alternator diagnosed and both passed the test. I was told by a certified GM mechanic that my issue could be related to electrical system that is draining (killing) my battery because there is nothing wrong with the battery and the alternator. Could this issue (14V252) be the reason my I'm experiencing my battery to died/drain because of my car is affected by electrical system and electronic stability control issues? the consumer stated the shifting cable was replaced twice and the transmission needed to be replaced. Updated 2/24/2015

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #38

Aug 072014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 133,360 miles


Car ran fine this morning on the way to work, which is not even 2 miles from my home.went to work and straight back no problem. Got in my car this evening to go get food started the car, check engine light came on, and my air bag light came on went to pull forward and the car was jerking and making knocking noises...

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #37

Mar 172014


  • 126,622 miles
Brake lights do not come on all the time when brakes are applied. Brake lights come on when brakes are not applied. Cruise control shuts off when brake lights come on randomly. Called GM and they claim to know nothing about it.have taken to local GM dealership 3 times. 1st time they replaced brake pedal position switch(did not correct problem)2nd time replaced 2 bulbs that were "dim"(did not correct problem)3rd time applied dielectric lubricant to bas connector, still not fixed.why is there a recall for this on motortrend website dated 5/14/2014 but GM and their dealers play dumb"how can people get this fixed"

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #36

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 #35

Jun 072008

Aura 6-cyl

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

- Oak Creek , WI, USA

problem #34

Mar 052011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The first time I noticed my brake lights illuminated when I didn't have my foot on the brake was while driving on the garden state parkway. I was passing through the toll booth and began to accelerate when I noticed through my rearview mirror that my brake lights were on. I stepped on the break and the went off. I must say because feared it would be a costly fix I ignored it for a long time until I saw another Saturn Aura with the same issue. I drove behind the elderly woman until we both at a traffic light and I pulled along side her to inform her of what I saw. I also told her my car was doing the same thing. She thanked me for telling her a drove off. I took my car to a mechanic who told me he did believe it was a electrical problem but could be absolutely sure until he was able to keep the car for the day. Again not really in a position to fix what may be costly, I continued to drive. Finally I was stopped by another motorist and he explained that while driving behind me he noticed the brake lights came on but as we approached the traffic light which was red I slowed down( stepping on the brake) and the light went off until I was at a full stop and my foot was pressed firmly on the break then the break light come back on. As soon as I saw the recall I called my local GM dealer right away and told them what was happening with my brakes and the fact that when I try to move my gear out of park into drive I sometimes have to force it because it seems stuck.they said they would check to see if my car was included in the recall. Well what do you know its not. This I find very hard to believe, that my car would be doing almost exactly what was described in two recalls but my car(based on my VIN#) is not included. I believe GM is tying to minimize their responsibility for the repair of the cars they willing sold knowing they had issues.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #33

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 #32

Jan 082013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, another driver informed him that the brake lights were erroneously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the brake sensor needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Nor Cross, GA, USA

problem #31

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 #30

Oct 292013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
The third brake light does not always respond and light up when the brake pedal is pressed.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #29

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

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