2008 Saturn Aura steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

2008 Saturn Aura (Page 4 of 4)

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:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
86,549 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 steering problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #10

Jul 192008

Aura 6-cyl

  • 5,711 miles


I reported a vibration in the steering when making sharp turns, but the dealer was not able to find the problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #9

Nov 102011

Aura 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Intermittent steering at any speed and steering wheel wobbles when parked idling.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 212009

Aura 6-cyl

  • 19,247 miles
Took my Aura into Saturn on 12/21/09 for clicking noise, Saturn service repositioned intermediate steering shaft per technical bulletin. Now have the same prob going on again but I found another service bulletin 06-02-32-002D dated 06/17/2010 also another for front end clunk/rattle/knocks 06-02-32-007G dated 04/05/2010. I am currently out of warranty with the steering prob and noise from the front end. I have contacted Saturn customer service, they are not very helpful. All they want me to do is take it in to the dealership to have it diagnose then we will go from there. Today I found out the noise problem in the from end, it is the struts, both have to be replaced, big bucks.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 122011

Aura 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


Intermittent sticking in steering while driving at speeds over 40 mph.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 072011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 48,257 miles
I find it hard to believe that I had to have the steering gear assembly replaced 3/7/11 and then on 11/15/11 I had to have the intermediate shaft replaced in the same year. Can someone tell me if a recall was made on these parts?

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 252011

Aura 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I started hearing a squealing noise when I turned my steering wheel. At times, there was also a popping sound. I took it to GM dealer on 11-1-11 and was told the steering gear was bad and leaking power steering fluid. It would need to be replaced for $988. Warranty ran out in may of 2011.

- Shelby, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 112011

Aura 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Saturn Aura 2008 xe 4cyl. Front end clunk felt in steering wheel and feet at low speed, especially when doing slight turns with braking. Repair shop said struts were no good (at 17,500 miles). Replaced struts at over $700. Clunking continued. Repair shop now says rubber bushings in power steering rack are no good. Replacement bushing are not available anywhere as far as we can tell - even checked on Malibu and Pontiac G? - no luck. Car is out of warranty. Repair shop was told that entire steering rack had to be replaced (hundreds of dollars) because there is no source to get $3 bushings. Repair shop said safe to drive, so car was not repaired and clunking will not get fixed. Shoulda bought a Japanese car.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 192010


  • 44,000 miles
Squealing noise in Saturn Aura 2008 steering column when engine warms up..some loss of steering power assist when this happens. Chevy dealer said premature failure of power steering unit..must be replaced for $900. Had problems since car was purchased from dealer used with 44,000 in Feb 2010.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 092010

Aura 4-cyl

  • 65,100 miles
2008 Saturn Aura 4 cyl has power steering problems. Light comes on and off and then the steering locked up while I was driving at about 45 mph. Turned off engine and restarted and steering was back. Having this problem for about 6 months. Saturn said needs new motor for about $300. Ridiculous!!

- Paulina, LA, USA

problem #1

May 012008


  • 15,000 miles
I am having trouble with my steering. I hear a clunking sound and loose pop feeling in my steering shaft especially on stop and go on upgrades and turning hard sharp turns.. they lubed the intermediary steering shaft but its back again after 5000 miles. I feel the car is unsafe to drive at highway speeds.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

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