Intermittent Brake Shudder 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
19,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. turn rotors (1 reports)
2008 Saturn Aura brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 142011

Aura XE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


I bought this piece of sh** 3 years ago used with 24,000 miles on it. Had front brake problems from the start was still under warranty took it in and they put new pads and said all was good. Well that fixed the grinding but about a month later while braking bad vibration started and continued to get worse. A this point warranty is out so i took the car to my local garage had the rotors turned, again about a month goes by and problem is back. I was told maybe the rotors are warped so I replaced with new ones from Napa. Again same problem. At high speeds its very dangerous if i have to stop quickly front end shakes very bad. It also shakes at low speeds when braking. I cannot believe there is no recall on this, If anyone knows how to fix this I really would like to know.

- Don T., Newnan, GA, US

problem #1

Mar 042009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

Too bad the people writing up the work orders in dealerships know so little about the auto mechanics of the vehicles they service. It took several trips to get what I needed done and still things were not the way I wanted them. They clearly don't listen to what the owner says. I am greatly disappointed in how things operate and the lack of communication between the complaint taker and the mechanic and the owner.

2008 Aura Issues

Faulty Power Door Lock (Inoperable at times)- Replaced

Warped Brake Rotors- Turned rotors-(Pads/linings were fine)

Rust inside tailgate (minute amount, but a concern) Don't even ask what they did!!!

- kpmi, Clarkston, MI, US

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