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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,280 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Saturn Aura seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 142011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


2007 Saturn Aura xe passenger airbag light is intermittently on and off with passenger in the seat. Service airbag light comes on. Dealer states it will cost $960. To replace the pps module, the seat coil and the heater in the seat. This has occurred sporadically since I purchased this care with 35000 miles on it. As this is a safety issue with numerous complaints from other owners, it should be corrected by the manufacturer.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #7

Nov 292010

Aura 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
The "service airbag" light illuminates on the message center dashboard. There is also red light that depicts an airbag that needs serviced on the dashboard.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 102009

Aura 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2007 Saturn Aura with 90,000 miles on it, the service air bag light and chime has come on repeatedly in the past year. Service dept stated no problem.. now I am reading about others who have had that problem that should be fixed. I have an extended warranty on this vehicle and hope it is covered as the repair is estimated to be about 1000, more or less.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152010

Aura 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


We noticed a "service air bags" message on the dashboard. Also the air bag indicator remained "off" even when the passenger seat was occupied. The service department of a former Saturn dealer diagnosed the problem as a "short in the passenger presence module." Technician stated the air bag on passenger side would likely not deploy in the event of an accident. Repair involving replacement of the "switch" was made at a cost of $717.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 182009


  • miles
I drive a 2007 Saturn Aura and recently the service air bag light came on. I had onstar do a diagnostic test on it while the light was on. They onstar personal stated that the code regarding the service air bag light, meant that the airbag might not deploy if I was in a wreck. She stated that it was for the passenger side air bag. I have talked with the service department at Saturn and they stated that it would take a while to get the part because it is on back order, meaning there has been more than my car that has had this problem. I had spoken to a lady in the service department two weeks prior to my light coming on and she had stated that she was there for that same reason. She also drives a 2007 Saturn Aura. I feel that since this is such a safety issue that is happening a lot, that there should be some kind of recall before someone gets killed. Let me remind you that most passengers in the front seat of a sedan is usually kids. We shouldn't have to wait till someone dies to have something done about this issue.

- Justin, TX, USA

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problem #3

Apr 282008

Aura 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Driving a 2001 Saturn Aura xr about 30-35 mph when traffic in front of me was stopped, applied brakes, there were none. Hit vehicle in front of me at 30-35 mph and no air bags either.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Apr 212008

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
On board computer sends message to "service airbag, " passenger air bag light then proceeds to indicate that air bag is off -with or without person in seat. Happens intermediately. Have taken to dealer, but where told they could not replicate or did not have a "code " to reset and would have to just "see if it keeps happening." Consider this dangerous if in an accident.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 062007

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 244 miles
Passenger airbag off light stays lit when seat is occupied. This defeats the purpose of an airbag and is certainly unsafe.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

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