2008 Saturn Aura brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems

2008 Saturn Aura (Page 3 of 3)

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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,987 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 brakes problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Oct 072011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


About two years ago I noticed intermittent issues with my brake lights. They would be on when I was not pushing the brake, and then they would turn off when I applied pressure to the brake. I got this problem corrected at a certified GM service center. To my knowledge (without the repair report available) they applied grease to a part of the vehicle as described in the service bulletin. That worked for about eight months and now I am having the same problem again with my brake lights, so clearly the service bulletin issued by GM is not correcting the problem. Due to my inability to pay to get this fixed and the major safety concern it possesses if driven I have left it parked in my driveway for about two months, which in turn has left me with battery issues. I am scheduling service to be done on the car today, because I can no longer go without a vehicle, but GM needs to recall the vehicles which are having problems with brake lights. This is a major safety concern that could result in serious wrecks. I have had several close calls due to this issue and after said close calls stopped driving my vehicle.

- Hawesville, KY, USA

problem #6

Jul 272011

Aura 4-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The brake lights illuminate randomly during the operation of the vehicle. I will be driving on the highway at night and can see a reflection in my rearview mirror that my top brake light is illuminated for a majority of the trip and cars behind me believe that I am braking and will try to speed up past me despite my car traveling at the speed limit. Additionally, when the brake lights come on, it disengages the cruise control feature as the car tends to believe that I am braking. I bought the car in may, 2011, started noticing that the cruise control feature stopped working but didn't think much of it. Then a friend was driving behind me and asked why I was braking the entire time we were driving. I brought it to the original dealership where it was purchased in July 2011 and brought it back on two separate occasions. The dealership could not repair it thinking it was a brakelight switch, then they tried to replace the cruise control. I then brought it to a GM dealership in August 2011 and they repaired it. The repair lasted for about a year, until it started occurring again in Sept. 2012. I brought it to a local repair shop and their repairs lasted until February 2013 when it started happening again. I am unsure who to take it to because I do not want to have to pay for this a third time for an issue that never seems to be fixed and makes me feel unsafe on the road.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 232013

Aura 6-cyl

  • 70,280 miles
Regardless of how fast I am driving, whether 35 mph or 60 mph, my brake lights operate in a reverse manner. As I apply my brakes, the brake lights turn off. On the other hand, when I release my brakes, the brakes lights comes on. This causes a distraction and a danger to me and the traffic behind me. The issue occurs often and sporadically. I have noticed a pattern; when this issue occurs my service ESC light comes on and my traction turns off.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 182013


  • 83,000 miles


Was driving on freeway with cruise control on then suddenly the cruise control disengaged. When I looked in the rear view mirror I noticed that my 3rd brake light was coming on by itself and staying on and I was not pressing brake. Brakes come on and stay on when not pressing brake pedal and turn off when brake pedal is pressed. Makes other cars behind me think I'm braking when I'm not and when I do brake it looks as if I'm not braking. Risk getting rear ended because of this. Safety issue.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012011


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and completing turns, he would hear loud popping noise from the steering column. Also, when depressing the brakes he would feel a vibrating sensation. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000. The current mileage was approximately 40,000. The VIN was unavailable. Returned by usps. 2nd attempt on 1/16/2013 failed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

May 012010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the brake lights failed. The brake lights would remain illuminated when the brake pedal was not being depressed. The brake light would shut off once the brake pedal was engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times for the failure. A diagnostic was performed however, the diagnostic was unable to generate a failure code because the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was test driven and the failure was duplicated however the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Paradise , MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 192012

Aura 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Was in back to back traffic using brakes often, when I tried to use the brakes it was not working, the car run into another car in front of me, damaged the entire front of my car. To repair this car it will cost xxxxxwhich is as the value of the car. The car involved had very little damage only my Saturn Aura has serious damaged. I have had this similar issues with the breaks previously. On the Saturn Aura reviews they are few brakes problem reported. This 2008 Aura was manufactured in 2007. There is many 2007 Aura reported brakes problems. I want to pursue an investigation and possible replacement or reimbursement from the manufacturer. Please advice me if I should fix the car or if I should get a lawyer or what I need to do.

- Davie, FL, USA

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