2009 Saturn Aura drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2009 Saturn Aura (Page 2 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,692 miles

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2009 Saturn Aura drivetrain problems

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2009 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Dec 122014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


Car stopped, no accident involved. Local mechanic inspected and told me that the transmission cable had broken. Brought to courtesy motors in lafayette, la.. I was informed that the 2009 model was not a part of the recall that involved other Saturn that had been recalled through 2008. I purchased my 2009 in late 2008 and I would think that the same type part was used in the 2009. GMC will not repair the part at their cost. I think that the 2009 models should have been recalled as well as all other model years, for the safety of those buyers of 2009 models (the last year they were sold)..

- Arnaudville, LA, USA

problem #16

Oct 062014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Aura. While driving 65 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The contact had to use excessive force in order to get the vehicle off the highway. In addition, the gear shifter indicated the incorrect position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #15

Jul 222014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 54,600 miles
Merging onto 65 mph highway when car would not accelerate past 45 mph. Engine was high revving and jerking as it was trying to change gears. Consistently debilitated until vehicle would no longer move.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #14

Jul 312014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


Transmission completely failed after 3 months after warranty was up and have read that this is a wide spread issue that GM is not addressing.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 106,400 miles
While at highway speeds (55-75) power train surges, and cruise control will not engage. Also ESC service indicator warning light turns on. Contacted dealer and gave them this information. Had my car serviced on 7/14/2014 with new spark plugs, fuel line cleaning and new brakes (front and back) and the ESC indicator illuminating intermittently. Still have issues. They say that my VIN indicates that I do not have a recall for my vehicle. But, my car is showing all the tell-tale signs for what is described in GM recall #13036 from 5/14/2014.

- Henrico, VA, USA

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problem #12

Jun 032013


  • 40,000 miles
When driving my car will briefly lose power. Gas becomes unresponsive. Once everything kicks back on the transmission will not shift, and dash displays service ESC, traction, power steering, ABS. After this happens car will not start after it's shut off. Sometimes it just flickers, causing brake lights to stay on, blinkers to cut in and out.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #11

Dec 062013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 101,040 miles


On 12/06/2013 my pregnant daughter, my 15 year old and 2 year old daughter were driving home in our 2009 Saturn Aura. As she began to turn into a busy highway, the engine began to shake and the vehicle suddenly stopped mid turn in the middle of a busy intersection/hwy. Passer drivers pulled over and helped push my girls to safety. Aaa was contacted and the vehicle was towed to my home. I contacted the dealer and I was informed that my car was no longer under warranty and that I would have to cover the costs of servicing the car. The vehicle continues to lose power and try to shut off at certain speeds. ABS and traction lights come off and on, and keys get stuck in the ignition. Unexpected shut off occurred again on 12/17/2013.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 262014


  • 82,540 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that when the vehicle was secured in park, it would roll away in either direction. The vehicle also had to be secured in neutral in order to start and the emergency brake had to be applied in to stop the vehicle from moving. The vehicle was not taken to dealer. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 12V460000 (power train) however, the VIN was not included and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 82,540.

- Monson, MA, USA

problem #9

Feb 262014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
I was making a left turn onto a one way. Traffic was clear enough to enter. My car sputtered and the ESC service light came on. Then service traction light. Then check engine light. I stepped off the gas then stepped back on it. The car then died. I was turning into 40 miles per hour traffic. I thought fast because there were 3 vehicles approaching quickly behind me. I hit the hazard lights. The car that was approaching slammed on brakes and blew at me in frustration. We sat in the middle of the street for several minutes. When I finally got the car to start again it jerked really hard when putting it into gear. I could not get the car to go past 25 miles per hour in 40 mph traffic. This all happened while my 7 year old son was in the back seat. I am afraid of my car! its been to the dealership twice. Each time its giving them the same error code and they are not sure whats going on with the vehicle. I have contacted GM customer service regarding the issue. I have a claim number and was told I would be contacted the next day. Its now two days later and no one from GM customer service has contacted me. I am now several hundred dollars in the hole because of this. Why is there no recall. I fear that my vehicle will get us in a terrible accident considering I take the highway to work daily. What am I to do?

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 242013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 116,500 miles
Driving at 60 mph, the vehicle lost forward momentum and the tachometer indicated 5000+ rpms. I was able to get to the shoulder and call for a tow truck. After extensive research on-line and with personal contacts which work for a GM dealer, it is most likely the 3-5-R wave plate which has rendered the vehicle hazardous to drive. After towing home and letting the vehicle sit it started fine but it has a new whining sound coming from the engine. Shifting from park to reverse results in mixed results. Some instances it will actually shift into reverse and propel the vehicle backwards. Shifting to drive I have the same mixed results, with no forward movement noted on most occasions. The harrowing experience of losing drive while at 60 mph is enough of a safety concern to warrant further exploration into a recall of the vehicles affected with the same transmission (6T70/6T75) which are installed in various models of GM products since 2007. The common repair varies from replacement of the defective wave plate to complete transmission replacement. Either option is very costly to the consumer and with a "known" defect that affects GM vehicles with as little as 40,000 miles on them.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 122012


  • 60,000 miles


Had transmission flushed at 50,000 miles. Shortly after about 60,000 miles I started to feel a difference in the way it shifted, when I got 50 mph the power train seemed to shake. Now it's worse than before, any thing over 50 and it shakes. This happens in final gears ( 5th & 6th ) seems to bounce back and forth & not locking into either one. This only happens when you are cruising, never on acceleration or deceleration and it's intermittent, comes and goes,

- West Palm Beach, GA, USA

problem #6

Jul 182013


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Aura. The contact stated while sitting at a traffic light, she attempted to accelerate but the vehicle would not move. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated the 3/5 way plate in the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Stockbrige, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 262013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The car has seemed to miss shifts with the engines revving, a delay, and then a hard upshift for several years on an intermittent basis. The dealer it was purchased from couldn't find anything wrong with it. On June 25 and 26, it acted up more then usual and the transmission finally failed to provide any forward momentum after about 20 feet and 5 mph even though the tachometer showed 5000rpm while pulling out into 55 mph traffic on a 2 lane country road about noon on the 26th. This was very upsetting and is certainly a safety issue. I was able to get it to go by using the manual shift feature for a bit and then it settled down again. I took it to my local mechanic that very day and was advised I would need to go to the GM dealer as it was a problem with the computer programming in the transmission. When I contacted the dealer they said they were unaware of any issues like this. I found that hard to believe as similar issues have occurred in coworkers GM cars and are also reported on the internet in Saturn and GM forums. They kept the car for 2 days, initially saying there was no problem, and then said there might be an update after all to the transmission software and installed it. I do not feel comfortable with this and again find myself somewhat incredulous that GM would be unaware of a problem that my small town mechanic was.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #4

May 032013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
The car would not go into park as a result the car would roll forward or backward with the engine off. It was also difficult to restart as it would not engage in park. Took it to a GM dealer, who said it was not a recall as the Aura has a six speed transmission and only Auras with a 4 speed transmission were covered when the shift link breaks.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 102013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the transmission failed and would not switch to the next gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Fairmont, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 032012

Aura 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,870 miles
2009 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle transmission shift cable recall notice and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated on December 3, 2012, he attempted to park the vehicle. When he shifted the gear into park, the vehicle started rolling backwards. He quickly applied the brake. He tried to start the vehicle again, but it wouldn't start, even though the shift lever was set to park. He let his foot off the brake again, and it still rolled backwards, so, he quickly applied the emergency brake. The vehicle was towed to a dealership. The dealer informed the consumer, the problem was that the transmission shift cable was broken and needed to be replaced, at a cost of $ $554.90. The consumer then discovered GM issued a recall for the same issue for his make, model and year. When the consumer contacted GM, he was informed his vehicle identification number was not included in recall # 12V46000 and he was not eligible for reimbursement. The consumer stated his vehicle should be included in the recall, as his vehicle was manufactured within the dates listed.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 292012


  • 83,109 miles
I was driving this morning with no problems then suddenly I was driving up a slight hill and I could tell my gears were changing at a abnormal rate then when I came to a complete stop at the stop light it seem fine then when I started going again it took about 5 secs for the car to move then it had a bump feeling when changing from 1st gear to second gear then I came to a complete stop in a parking lot I turned off my car then turned on my car and then my gear shift was able to move but my car was still in park when I had it in reverse and neutral.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

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