2009 Saturn Aura electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2009 Saturn Aura (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,734 miles

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2009 Saturn Aura electrical problems

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2009 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Apr 042014

Aura 4-cyl

  • 67,416 miles


Rear passenger right side electronic door lock intermittently does not lock/open. Usage of manual lock/unlock latch on door is required.

- Panorama City, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 162012

Aura 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Rear brake lights work intermittently. Most of the time they do not work but there are rare occasions that they do work. I for sure know that the third brake light doesn't work almost all the time.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #10

Feb 142014


  • 35,945 miles
Lost brake lights - electrical issue.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 012013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


This has been an ongoing issue for this vehicle, originally started over a year ago but happened very rarely, now it is happening nearly every time the vehicle is driven. Occasionally the brake lights will turn on and stay on. This disables the cruise control. While the lights stay on if the brake pedal is depressed the brake lights flash off and turn back on, remaining on. The electronic stability control light flashes or remains illuminated while the problem persists. Randomly the issue will resolve itself while driving. Turning off the vehicle and turning back on does not always fix the brake light issue.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #8

Sep 282013


  • 81,000 miles
I own a 2009 Saturn Aura xr. My brake lights stay engaged while in motion but disengage when I stop. Tapping the brakes will turn the brake light off briefly while in motion but it will come back on within seconds. Rear drivers cannot determine when I'm stopping using the brake light as an indicator. My cruise control no longer works which I'm told is also tied to the brake lights. The ESC warning light comes on frequently and will disengage. The only remedy I've found for this has been turning the car off on. I've sometimes had to do this 5 times within a 20 minute drive. The check engine light in the recent past would go off and on unwarranted but as of late just stays on.

- Country Club Hills, IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 152013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Driving home from work boss behind me in his car flags me over told me my brake light stayed on except when I brake they just blinked then I do not know how long this has been happening.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 142013

Aura 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


As I am driving the check engine light come on and off along with the ecs light. Also while I'm driving the brake lights are on and I have to either tap the brake or drive while lightly pressing the brake to have the light to go off. I have had the brake light switch replaced twice and it still does not seem to work.

- Gulfport , MS, USA

problem #5

Dec 122012

Aura 6-cyl

  • 30,549 miles
The brake lights are on all the time unless I ride my brake pedal. They wont come back on when I press the brake pedal till I almost lock up the brakes. Lots of electrical gremlins in this pos car.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #4

Jun 032013


  • 86,500 miles
Cruise control dropped off unexpectedly and the brake lights remained on throughout the rest of the drive. The brake lights stay on when passed 4th gear and the Saturn shifts unnaturally between 4th and 6th gears between 50 and 70mph.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 222012

Aura 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
When driving the vehicle, the brake lights would come on randomly and would turn off when the brake pedal is pressed. They would operate in the opposite way that they should. This is extremely dangerous because vehicles behind you don't know when you are braking. This has been happening intermittently for months now.

- Kimball, MI, USA

problem #2

May 222012


  • 52,000 miles
Stopped at a drive-thru window. Was in gear and under braking. Two lights came on at dash: Service ESC and service traction. Lights reset when vehicle is shut off and restarted. Lights happen at random times during operation. When service lights occur, brake lights react opposite of normal operation.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182011

Aura 4-cyl

  • 45,563 miles
(1.) I purchased 2009 Saturn Aura xr on 5/22/10 with 17,458 miles at Chevrolet dealership. (2.) on 1/20/11 took vehicle to dealership for an issue of intermittent wiper failure during operation; the mileage on vehicle was documented at 46,563 miles. (3.) dealership performed diagnostic and found a body control module (BCM) internal failure. Dealership quoted repair costs of $514.10 for parts and labor. Dealership informed me that was not covered under the 100K mile powertrain warranty. Dealership did state that the 36K mile or 36 month bumper to bumper warranty would have covered the repair but that the vehicle's 36K mile or 36 month warranty has expired due to the mileage on the vehicle. I elected not to have the vehicle repaired due to the nature of the repair at its current mileage. I did pay for the diagnostic fee of $117.82 on 1/20/11. (4.) I then contacted GM customer service regarding this issue. It is to my belief that this is a manufacturer?S defect but the manufacturer does not want to cover the cost of the defect; in addition to, the safety hazards it imposes while driving. GM customer service offered me a 10% discount toward the total cost of the repair of $514.10 but no other incentives were offered by GM customer service. (5.) I would like an investigation into matter. Intermittent wiper failure is a safety hazard that could cause severe injury or even death while driving during inclement weather. I'm confident that this particular BCM is used on other GM models and that is a great hazard to the consumers. I believe that GM should either do a recall or repair on all vehicles that use the same BCM as the one in my 2009 Saturn Aura or at the least any other vehicle with BCM failure causing intermittent wiper failure during use should be repaired at the cost of the manufacturer.

- Trenton, TN, USA

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