2008 Saturn Aura body / paint NHTSA complaints: Structure

NHTSA — Structure 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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,148 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.

2008 Saturn Aura body / paint problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 022015

Aura 6-cyl

  • miles


2008 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to broken weld on front seat frame. The consumer stated the driver's seat leaned to the right side. One day, while adjusting the power seat, the seat lifted high on one side as opposed to the other. He looked under the seat and noticed a black metal bar had been welded to the metal frame of the seat had actually separated from the frame itself causing the seat not to function as designed.

- Delran, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 312013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Exiting route 53 at lake cook road at 30 mph. All of a sudden, the car starting swerving and went down into a ditch for no known reason. The car was totaled.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 152013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 90,239 miles
Drivers seat broke down on right side, causing it to slump towards the console. Upon taking it to the dealer to seek repair, was told that the welding of the seat unit had broken. The entire seat and the housing base require replacement over $1000 to fix. While it doesn't require fixing to operate car, the danger is in a crash, having the seat catapult out entirely being as it is not affixed to the vehicle any more. You can wiggle it up and down freely, this could also allow the seat to throw someone into the air bags as they deploy, causing injuries because it is not fastened down. After researching online, this vehicle make and model is prone to this problem for the few short years it was made. We feel that GM needs to update this seat problem, and while not sure, they use chev Malibu replacement parts for it, so that model may also be experiencing the problem for more data. A seat should be intact, attached safely to the vehicle we would think. Never heard of seats being free of the body of the car while driving.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012010


  • 80,000 miles
Clunking noise and feel from the steering wheel column area when turning my steering wheel at low speeds or a stop. I do not have the car with me but there are 3 models, my model is the six cylinder 3.5 engine.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

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