NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift Problems

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,007 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura transmission problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle he would have to use excessive force to get the shifter into gear. In addition, while driving at various speeds the brake lights illuminated and would go out once the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that the brake light switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred seven months later. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The current mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 162011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 91,950 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward with the gear shift selector placed into park. He then attempted to place the vehicle into reverse but no matter what gear the vehicle was in, the vehicle continued to accelerate forward causing him to crash into his front porch. The failure was similar to recall 09V073000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift). Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer had been notified and the vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 91,950. Updated 05/12/11 updated 06/06/11

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #1

Jan 192011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 45,071 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the shift cable broke as a result the vehicle kept moving forward even though he had placed the shifter into 'R' and the shift indicator showed 'R'. he was surprised that the vehicle moved forward instead of backward. Fortunately, there was no one or objects immediately before the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated the transmission shift cable had to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted who was unable to assist because the vehicle was out of warranty and it was not included in recall 09V073000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift). The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 45,071 and the current mileage was 45,726. Updated 3/28/11 updated 03/31/11

- Danville, IL, USA

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