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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,582 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Jun 022014

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles


2007 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to airbag, transmission and other vehicle defects. The consumer stated the air bag light would display off when driving on the highway. Also, the transmission was failing and there was a loud noise emitting from the vehicle. The traction control warning light illuminated when he accelerated up an incline. A small gas spot formed under the vehicle, when the tank was full. The dealer informed the consumer the leak was from filling the fuel tank full. Another dealer, stated the issue was with the fuel pump.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #38

May 122014


  • 45,000 miles
"service airbags" light came on 5/12/14. Owner's manual lists this as potential hazard as airbags may fail to deploy or deploy without warning. Took vehicle two blocks from my home to service station station on 5/13/14, but station said they do not work on airbags. Took vehicle home and parked it. Sent E-mail to Saturn's customer service center on 5/14/14, and eventually spoke to a supervisor on 5/17/14. He said that in order for GM to do anything, I would have to take the vehicle to a dealership in fairfax, va. I explained that I do not believe that I should spend any more money on the vehicle as I feel that it is defective. The supervisor said that he would arrange for towing and GM would pay for it. He also stated that I would be reimbursed for repairs or compensated for the loss of the use of the vehicle and that he would work with me "every step of the way." On 5/20/14, I called for the supervisor and someone else returned my call. When I requested that GM provide me with a written document as to how they intended to resolve the issue, I was told that this would have to be discussed with the supervisor and then they would get back to me. They did not call me back all day Monday. I called and left a message on 5/21/14 and they have not responded to me in any way. The vehicle has been parked in my lot since 5/13/14 and I don't know what to do. I am afraid to drive the vehicle because of my own history with it and the recent spate of recalls for similar issues that have involved injury and death. (my vehicle is not currently under recall but does have similar issues to vehicles that are under recall). I don't know what to do. After promising to assist me, GM now will not return my calls.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #37

Jul 012009

Aura 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
Air bag started coming on intermittently around 13,000 miles. Under warranty, they replaced the weight sensor under the passenger seat. It did nothing. Took it back 4-5 times, but was not acting up while in the shop and they said there was nothing they could do. Finally became reasonably persistent about the same time the warranty was up. They suggested a $1500 fix. When it was pointed out that it was initially diagnosed at 13,000 miles, they were not impressed. No receipt for the return visits due to no charge, and they had no record. Someone is going to die, and this recall (whenever it happens) will cost them just as much and the bad press will be worse. I've been a GM owner for 30 years. Just recently purchased wife an Acura.

- Hull, GA, USA

problem #36

Dec 282011


  • miles


Every since I have bought the car my airbag light has went off and on several times even with a passenger in the car. This could be very fatal.

- Dittmer, MT, USA

problem #35

Jun 272013

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
My air bags go on and off every few days ! also when I think the car in park its not sometimes I have to hit the switch put in park. Check engine light been on and off since I got the car.

- Loreauville, LA, USA

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problem #34

Jun 252013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 19,884 miles
The "service air bag" light comes on at times while I am driving my car. Also, the passenger airbag light will switch to "off" (airbag is turned off) even when there is an adult passenger in the seat. It will at times switch back to "on" then switch back to "off" while the passenger remains seated. Several times I have taken the car to a GM dealer and they tell me that since the car is out of warranty I will have to pay about $1,000 to have both air bag problems fixed. Since this is a safety issue, I googled the internet to find out how common this problem is and I was surprised at how many Saturn Aura owners there are with the same problems. Yet, the service dept. At the GM dealer will not acknowledge the fact that there is a widespread problem with the air bags not working on the Saturn Auras. Recently, it was announced that GM was recalling millions of Chevy Impala going back to 2003 because of passenger air bag problems. If GM has to recall 2003 Impala then they should also recall & fix 2007 Saturn Auras with air bag problems - peoples lives are at stake in both cases.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #33

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 #32

Mar 212014


  • 73,000 miles
When I started the car, I got a notice to ck air bag. It has happened about 6 times in the last 4 this something to worry about ? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hendersonville , TN, USA

problem #31

Mar 172010

Aura 4-cyl

  • miles
This is a know Saturn Aura problem, the message will state service airbag followed by an airbag not working, I have had cars with airbags since they were first put on vehicles, I have never had a problem like this. The hard failure does not occur until the car is out of warranty.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #30

Feb 252004


  • 67,500 miles
Service air bags warning light came on, appears that air bags will not deploy. The car was just started in parking lot of store and was still in park. This represents a major safety issue because it appears that air bags will not deploy if we were involved in a collision. Numerous other Saturn are being recalled for this same issue.

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

problem #29

Jan 212013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


The steering on the car is very tight, meaning it does not turn smoothly. I feel every and any sort of bump the car goes over. When turning it feels as if the car is scrubbing the payment, not a thorough movement. There is also something loose or sounds as if something in the interior or under the hood is rattling or is may come apart. The dealership I purchased it from is saying that the sway bar and end links need to be replaced or tightened. Also, my air bag light popped on saying it needed to be serviced.... I have no idea about this alert on my display!!they explained to me it happens over time, however from reading other Saturn car owner's reviews this is a recurring complaint amongst many others. It is or was the top luxury sedan when it came out and it would appear the suspension would be a lot smoother on a sedan. Unhappy with results and I feel the history of car was not revealed at time of purchase. The repair bill estimate is around $500 and that is a lot of expense....there is another review referencing to the struts or type of strut to use should be the one made by Chevy. Frustrated and confused in memphis, tn!!

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #28

Apr 102013


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while starting the ignition, the front passenger seat occupant off indicator illuminated although a passenger was present in the seat at the weight of 112 pounds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician advised that the passenger presence system module would need to be replaced and was unable to provide an estimated weight requirement for the front passenger seat in order for the air bag to register that the seat was occupied. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Pensacola,, FL, USA

problem #27

Mar 012013


  • 81,000 miles
The heated seats comes on its own on both driver and passenger sides. The passenger seat belt light comes on when no one is in the front passenger seat. The service air bag light illuminates often when starting the car and when I turn car off and restart it goes out...but lately it stays on longer.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #26

Mar 202013

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to passenger air bag status light malfunction. The light indicated the passenger airbag was "off", came on at times when there was an adult passenger in the seat. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer three times without a resolution. He contacted General Motors about the problem, and their answer was take it back to the dealer. The consumer stated there could be a safety issue. He researched the internet and found the problem was reported numerous times on this model as well as other GM models. The consumer stated to remedy the situation, he must stop the car, turn ignition switch off, and re-start the vehicle. Updated 04/16/14

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #25

Jun 172013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 77,867 miles
When an adult (over 100 pounds) sits in front passenger seat the light on the dash indicating the passenger air bag is on/off switches from on to off and back on etc. The timing between an on to off episode varies from seconds to many minutes. Thus passenger not protected by airbag. Took car to Buick/GMC dealer and they replaced parts dealing with the weight sendor in the from passenger seat: They are: 20824277 module kit 19118733 connector (required because above module was redesigned) 25864887 heater cost over $1000.

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #24

Apr 012013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I have had problems with this car since shortly after purchase, most of which have never been repaired even after several attempts by dealership, passenger airbag turns off even with passenger in seat, heated seats come on by themselves, I gave up on repair of those long ago, but they are minor compared other problems I any several other owners of this car as you can read at consumer discussions, this cannot be coincidence, traction control, water pumps, clunking in the steering column and most recently check engine light issues, which in the process of more than one mechanic/dealership trying to figure out what is wrong with this car I have paid for what I would call unnecessary repairs, finally my local dealership tells me GM has told them the timing chain is stretched, I'm assuming GM knows this because they have other vehicles some 2007 models with a timing chain recall/issues, according to a local mechanic timing chains do not need regular maint. And should last much longer than my 68000 miles, I now need a 3500$$ repair although my local dealership "sympathizes" with me they feel "things just are not made they way they used to be." Just thought I'd join the many others who feel a complaint needed to be filed with GM regarding this vehicle!!!

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #23

Jul 142010


  • miles
Identical to the recent airbag related recall initiated at Chrysler, GM has had the same issue on multiple platforms, most notably the Saturn Aura xr. My vehicle is a 2007 edition. I first noticed the issue on my vehicle in 2010. First, the passenger sensing system indicated that no passenger was present. Second, the "service airbag soon" icaw would annunciate, sometimes while in motion and sometimes while stationary, when this happened traveling on the interstate I got quite flustered. I called the service center and took it to the last Saturn service center in fort worth where they told me that I'd most assuredly flooded my passenger compartment (never drove the car into a body of water--confused"?"). the fix was to replace the acm, the passenger sensing mat, and the seat heater--total cost ~$1K. But my car was still under warranty! this problem continued to happen and another dealership could never isolate the problem. Fast forward to now when I contacted GM about my concerns since nobody else could help me...GM stated that there was nothing they could do because my car was out of warranty. I asked the GM P.O.C. about the tsb I had found related to this issue. I stated my concerns for a tsb related to air bags over a 7 year period. Yes, you read that right. GM has had a tsb related to my problem, and the same airbag related recall Chrysler just started, for 7 years!!! please assist myself and other consumers from being hurt by this...

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #22

Aug 012007

Aura 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
The vehicles has had a persistent problem with the airbag system, despite multiple replacements of the module allegedly responsible. The passenger airbag indicator will toggle to an off status despite the presence of an adult passenger, this behavior will occur without notice and with no change in the passenger's position. Additionally if there is no passenger the primary driver dashboard and information center will indicate a problem with the main airbag system illuminating the airbag icon, along with a message to "service air bag". this will occur on vehicle start or shortly thereafter. The red airbag light will at random times turn off, only to come on a few moments later. It may stay off for days or weeks at a time but will ultimately return.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #21

Feb 052007

Aura 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Only 2 months old, passenger air bag light, would read off when a normal size adult was in the seat. Also "on star" reported air bag inoperative. Always had brake problems with rear pads wearing out way before the front. Steering wheel lock does not lock, and I noted this after 2 years, as my wife is the major driver of the car. I was so sick of the dealer, I replaced the master cylinder, rotors, with brembo, and used quality pads. The government should have gotten after GM! there are many complaints!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Dec 012011

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the air bag light would intermittently illuminate upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the failure was a computer glitch and the vehicle did not require repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000. Updated 02/15/12 update 02/17/12

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

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