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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,988 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura wheels / hubs problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 172013


  • 40,964 miles


2007 Saturn Aura stored indoors always.40,964 miles only.1metal belt exposed. Replaced 2 tires. 5mos later belt separation in same brand tire. Auto pressure check system (computer has observed correct tire pressure for life of tire). Tires still look new plenty of tread (at least1/4").

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

Jan 132010


  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2007 Saturn Aura xr, great car, but when you hit bumps, or cross lanes where there is uneven pavement the steering over reacts regardless of how hard you hold the wheel. This causes the car to move in the direction that the uneven pavement throws it toward, so you have to over compensate quickly before you hit another car next to you or a guard rail. It often feels like the power steering is not responsive enough by the second as it's needed. Now I have driven a Chevy Malibu 08, which is the same platform/car to test the steering, and the steering felt solid and held too in the same route. So I think you need to look into GM's power steering that they have put into the Saturn Aura, as it is way too over reactive, and creates violent understeer.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 132007

Aura 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
At 13,000 miles I took the car back to the dealership in binghampton on 8/14/07 where I purchased the car and explained to them that the car doesn't handle right, that it wanders all over the road and that the steering makes noise. It feels like something is loose in the front of the car. They said they test drove it and heard nothing. No action was taken. I called them back with a tire problem (the side wall had a huge bulge in it) I thought this was why the car didn't handle good. The binghampton store didn't have a tire. I took the car to Saturn of Wyoming to have the defected tire replaced. I asked to check the steering. They found something wrong and replaced the steering knuckle joint. Then there was another problem with handling and a humming noise. They found and replaced the right front wheel bearing. Again the car handling got bad and it is currently in the shop being checked. I called Saturn and explained to them that the car car was unsafe to drive. It goes where ever it wants, you have to constantly steer the car to keep it straight. They didn't seem to care because I asked them to tow it and they told me it was my responsibility to do anything like that.

- Greenfield Twp, PA, USA

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