Trans Slips In Traffic And Clunks Seal Of This Might Hurt 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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
111,500 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2007 Saturn Aura transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 102013

Aura XR 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,500 miles


Bought the car used in 2013. It was not a certified vehicle by the dealer. I test drove it briefly on the freeway but did not experience slow traffic. All seemed good. Within the week I found myself in slow traffic, and noticed on acceleration a slipping and a clunk into gear. The only way to bypass the clunking is to gradually accelerate. I get a bad feeling every time I find myself in traffic about my decision to buy it.

- John O., Hacienda Heights, CA, US

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