2008 Saturn Aura accessories - exterior NHTSA complaints: Latches/Locks/Linkages

NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Aura’s issues with brakes, such as worn out rotors, isn’t as severe as the prior model year, but let’s just not start awarding them any brake awards just yet. Does that even exist? “The Brakies”?

One thing the 2008 does share with the 2007 is a recall of a busted gear shifter cable which can make it look like your car is in park, when the transmission is still engaged. You can only imagine what kind of fun that causes.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,316 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 252015


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the recall repair of the electrical system caused other parts of the vehicle to fail. The front doors unlocked by themselves, the trunk would not unlock, and the rear doors would not unlock when using the automatic key. Furthermore, the engine light sensor illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Joliet , IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 142014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the four interior power door locks unlocked and locked continuously with a clicking sound. The failure occurred whether the vehicle was in operation or parked. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Enid, MS, USA

problem #14

May 012012


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While driving approximately 35 mph, all four doors on the vehicle unlocked without warning. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer stated that all four door actuators and the two front door locks needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Palo Alto , CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 042014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 83,358 miles


The locking mechanism for the doors was locking and unlocking as I am traveling. This also happens when the car is parked.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 142014


  • 80,000 miles
On July 14, 2014, interior door locks stopped unlocking and locking. Car is parked in the garage and is intermittently locking by itself. I am reluctant to drive because I don't want to get locked in this car. Based on the comments on the internet, this is a common occurrence with this model car. Please advise.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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problem #11

Jul 092014


  • 84,912 miles
Power door locks fail to unlock. This is now the second time this has happened. First occurrence it was fixed under warranty. Power door lock mech fails to unlock on door, this will sometimes cause door to not unlock. Concern is in a accident, you may not be able to exit car. Manufacture seems to know this happens.

- Russiaville, IN, USA

problem #10

Jul 232012


  • 76,500 miles


1st problem rear door locks would keep opening and locking by themselves, same time trunk would would not unlock.had to have all repaired at a cost of $450.2nd problem while car parked in drive an in park car rolled back into mail box now have to have fender repaired, took to dealer could find no problem.3rd problem car driver door sagging chipping paint dealer tightened does not hold.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 052013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Right rear lock stopped working, replaced it, then left rear stopped working, now drivers door locking part time, so that will soon stop. On 5/25/14 when driving on highway entire instrument panel stopped working. After key was turned off and removed it reset. Thank you

- Beggs, OK, USA

problem #8

Sep 122013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Passenger side door locks. First the front door lock actuator open circuit. At 50,079 miles Nov 2012. Now at 60,000 miles the rear passenger door lock actuator has failed. If manually unlocked it will not lock with the fob or power door switch. If locked it will not unlock.

- Pequannock, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 122013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I came out to get in my car this morning and thought it was strange my husband had not closed the driver side door. I got in and closed the door and it popped open, it would not latch. I tried numerous times and check to see if anything was preventing it from latching and could not find anything. I pulled it shut and manual locked the door and it stayed latched. I drove to work, got out and shut the door with no issue. I got in the car again, no issue. Got out, would not close, so I pushed it shut and locked with remote, is stayed latched, then I tried to get back in, using the remote, the lock inside the door popped up like it had unlocked, but the door would not open. After 4 attempts I got it to open. Got in and drove, got out, door would not close. Have an appointment to have it looked at tomorrow. I don't feel safe driving if the door could pop open at any time!

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 092012

Aura 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Rear door lock unlock mechanism malfunction. Locks but won't unlock and will not open from the inside. In the event of an emergency someone can get stuck inside the car because the door wont open. And no, the child safety lock is not engaged.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #5

Sep 012012


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated while driving various speeds the door locks would open and close on their own. In addition, he noticed that after parking his vehicle and letting it sit for a while the alarm would activate without warning. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. The current mileage was approximately 16,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lans Downe, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 132010

Aura 6-cyl

  • 39,093 miles
Rear door lock unlock mechanism malfunction. Locks but won't unlock. Also, when backing up and turning wheel to extreme right, front end moans. One mechanic thought it might be engine mounts. Brought in service under warranty, and they "lubricated the steering box." Problem recurred after warranty expired.

- East Greenbush, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 272012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
First front passenger side door lock stopped working. The left rear passenger lock stopped working and now right passenger door lock does work. All locks do not respond to fob or switch activation. Locks do not respond to placing the car in drive and do not lock automatically.

- Chandler , AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 072011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 28,200 miles
Door locks will unlock at highway speed on their own door lock switches are unresponsive only manual locking or keyless entry fob will lock or unlock while vehicle is in operation. As a safety measure I thought the keyless entry was disabled during operation of vehicle.

- Gulfport, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 152008


  • 3,000 miles
About every 3 or 4 months, the hood latch releases from the primary and only the secondary latch is holding the hood close. I don't notice this until at highway speeds I notice the hood fluttering in the wind. I've leased the car for about 7months and this has happened may be 2 or 3 times.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

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