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2007 Saturn Aura



  • My vehicle is a 2009 Aura 6cyl with 94,000 miles. I have just replace 4 Michelin MXM4 tires which were 80% worn, with 4 new of the same tires. I replaced the front rotors and pads 5,000 miles ago. The vehicle had No vibration prior to removing the old tires. After 100 yards with the new tires I returned the vehicle because it shook. All four tires have been removed, rebalanced, rotated, and some even remounted. A vibration still exists, although less than when first driven, appearing to be coming from the rear wheels. The dealer is preparing to replace all four with different but same MXM4 tires. From your experience do you feel this is worth the expense he will incur, or will it have little or no impact?
  • How is everything running after the tire replacement, 21mercury? Looking forward to an update and if you would like for us to follow up on this with your GM dealership, please contact us via email at (include your name, contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and the name of your dealership).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    seems like it has to be the tires. i would think replacing them will fix the problem. still have my original goodyears on mine. 78k miles so i will have to replace them soon. stll 45 percent tread left.
  • So I have a 2007 Saturn Aura XE. I bought it used and loved it... for about a month. It has the craziest electrical issues, and I have no idea what could be causing all of them. For starters, the driver side heated seat button does not work. Secondly, half the buttons on the radio work maybe 15% of the time. Cruise control button sometimes will not work, or cruise control will turn off in the middle of using it. Check airbag light came on for a while then finally went away. Trunk button on door does not work (must use clicker). Window lock button does not work. My dad has replaced the battery at least once since we have had it. The running lights completely went out, but brake lights still worked (changed fuse, but blew it every time the vehicle started-mechanic was able to find a short and fix issue). But now my brake lights decide to do whatever they want (pretty much do opposite- come on when I accelerate and go off when I brake). Mechanic says the whole anti-lock braking system is out (over $1000 to fix unless they find a used part). There are other things, but those are the most common/annoying issues. My car literally is in the shop every few months for random issues. I am so ready to be done with this car, but waiting to graduate before I buy a new one. Has anybody experienced similar issues and found a resolution?
  • I have a similar issue where sometimes when I start the car up, the radio will light up and look like it's functioning, but I have no sounds. No chimes, or turn signals either. If I turn the car off and back on, it will usually fix itself. This has started happening more frequently, and it gets frustrating. I hope this doesn't mean there are bigger issues ahead. Dealing with the transmission right now.
  • I have a 07 Aura XR that we bought in January of 2009 with just under 19,000 miles on it. The electrical issues began with the heater on the passenger seat turning on anytime there was a passenger. At that time it was still under bumper to bumper coverage and they said they fixed it, still a problem to this day. Not long after that, the car was surging and idling abnormal and kept flashing a message: "TRACTION OFF" took to the dealer still under powertrain warranty and after about 3 days they came to the conclusion that one of the coil packs was cracked and probably had been since it was manufactured. It took 3 days because the computer in the car would not throw the proper code, so they had to figure it out the old way. Next thing I know my car is 1 month out of warranty due to age not miles (just over 60,000) and it is shifting hard into 3rd and 5th gear, like if you were popping a clutch. With in a day or 2 of this starting I go to the dealer and when I try to go in reverse in their parking lot the car acts like it is in neutral, because the transmission will not engage. After several attempts I am able to get it into reverse. The first thing I am told is that they can't diagnose it as is after an hour and half of waiting (reasonable amount of time) and that they need to pull my transmission and can't estimate the cost. I know I have no choice so I give them the go ahead and get a ride home from the courtesy vehicle. I believe it was a day later that I get a call saying that something dealing with the shifting inside the transmission has broken and telling me they have ordered the parts and are trying to get the repair covered in full, but are not sure if that will happen. You should know that when I brought the car in I pointed out that all maintenance had been kept up and that my transmission should not be malfunctioning at 60,000 miles. In response I am told that maybe they can cover the parts and then I would just have to pay the labor. Come to find out I have the same transmission as a Malibu and this is a problem they are aware of. The repair which was around $3,500 is covered in full. I get the call that my car is ready to be picked up go down to pick it up and the radio doesn't work no matter what. They checked the fuse right there and it was good, however since it was in their possession when this happened they say they are going to replace my radio for free. They put it on order and a day before I get the call that the radio came in and they are ready to install it, the radio (in the car) suddenly turns on without being touched, like nothing was ever wrong. I advise them of this and they insist upon replacing it anyways since they already have the radio and what if it is the radio itself that is bad. Currently as I write this my car has been sitting at the dealer since Saturday 12/15/2012 at 9am waiting for them to open on Monday. Friday night I drove 2 miles to a drug store and then a 1/4 mile to pick up dinner and then 1 3/4 miles home. I turn off my car to go inside and it sounds like the engine is still running (WITH NO KEY) however it turns out that it is just the fan which is electric and needs just the battery to run. It takes about 4 to 6 minutes and we have to turn the car back on and off and this time the fan turns off with the car. About 4 1/2 hours later I go out again this time I drive 2 miles turn off the car for about 10 minutes then drive another 3 miles and then the indicator dings telling me the car is about to overheat. Luckily I was able to immediately pull over and turn off the car. Once again the fan is still running (DRAINING MY BATTERY) after about 5 minutes it turns off. There is no smoke no steam, nothing indicating the vehicle over heated. I decide to call Onstar they have me turn on the car so they can run a diagnostic, which took about 3 minutes in which time it was almost in the red again. I decide there is no way it can be driven so she connects me to Saturn Roadside. Before our conversation really begins I start to loose battery power and the call disconnects, so they call me on my cell phone instead. While speaking to them I have to turn on the car to give him the mileage, upon trying to read the mileage I received the message across the dash which read "TRACTION OFF", sound familiar? I advise him where I am and they dispatch a tow truck. In the mean time I call my husband to give him an update and turn on the dome light to try and get important things together that I didn't want to leave in the car and the lights and radio start flashing on and off and then dim and get bright so I open my door and take out the key to try and preserve as much battery as I can. Car gets towed, I get to walk home 2 miles at 11:30pm. The next morning my husband went to get our daughters car seats out of the car and my battery is dead. I am positive given the circumstances and my past problems with this car that it is an electrical/computer issue. I will reply to my own message if I can and let you know what happens with everything. Hopefully this helps someone, really too bad to have such a nice looking car with so many problems that seem to be related to design and manufacture.
  • abigmistakeabigmistake Posts: 2
    edited December 2012
    PLease read my previous reply on the transmission before you pay for anything.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hopefully you get some good news from the dealership, abigmistake. If you would like for us to check into this further with them, please email us at with more details (including your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of the VIN, and a brief summary of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • Apart from my $4,000 transmission replacement fiasco on my '07 XR, I have 2 other things going on.

    The remote will unlock the car, and set off the panic alarm, but won't lock the doors or activate the auto-start. The Auto-Start issue may be a result of the locking issue, as it requires a push of the lock button before pushing auto-start. I've replaced the battery in the remote twice, and that hasn't solved the problem.

    On the radio, sometimes some of the station preset keys just won't register that they are being pressed. You can cycle through presets with the steering wheel control, but can't press the button. It comes and goes without warning.
  • My 2007 Saturn Aura suffers from loss of traction control which has happened from day one of purchase. It has never been bothersome however today I received an "Engine Power Reduced" while on the 401 (Major hwy) this was alarming however it still operated but this was followed up by a complete failure of the engine. I was able to move across to the shoulder however this was not done safely its a miracle I wasn't rear ended.

    The car performed well previously I have had a few wheel bearing issues some were replaced under warranty and one wasn't however it should have been I wasn't aware that it was covered at the time under the power train warranty.

    The car has 156000 km on it and is now out of warranty. Other issues I have been living with

    - No light in the gas dashboard area
    - No Air conditioning since year two (i lived in the north so it wasn't an issue, there was no dealership around)
    - The radio has had periods of times lasting weeks where it wouldn't power on and then all of a sudden it came back and has been performing normally.

    None of this caused too much issue with the exception of the engine ultimately disabling.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Good morning tylerkacsor,

    Where are you writing in from (I see that you're using kilometers as your unit of measure)? If you like, I can get you information on how to contact customer service for your region.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I have a 2008 Aura XE with the exactly same problem. Rubbing noise after the car warms up and meanwhile clunk noise while turning. I didn't take my car to a GM dealer because its warranty has expired, although there is only 31000 miles on my car. Looks like this is a common problems for Saturn cars. Why is there not a recall for this? If I drove a lot and the problem may show up in the period of warranty, then I can have it repaired for free. But now the cost for repairing may go up to $1000 or more. It is unfair for low mileage four or five years old saturn cars! This noise has been there for almost one year and really annoys me and may make me stay away from GM cars for my next purchase.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Good morning flymanansh,
    If you wanted for us to check into this further (we do have to work with a dealership and I cannot guarantee what the end result of our inquiry would be), please contact us via email at (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN, and a summary of the situation so far).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • In regards to the points on the remote not working that happened to two of our remotes and it was due to two reasons, one is a missing solder spot (there are only a few of them). It is easy to fix. The other reason is some of the rubber faces on the remotes do not make good contact for some reason. This one even my mechanic could not fix. So one remote works now one does not.
    I also have the problem of the buttons on the left of my radio do not work unless it is extremely cold out. It is very annoying because I cannot use the menu button at all. Is there a known solution to this? Do I need to replace the radio?
  • thank you, Sarah. I have sent out an email and hope to hear back soon.
  • dck143dck143 Posts: 1
    I know this is an older topic but did you have any luck with the electrical issues?

    Mine is blowing the 10 amp fuse for the tail lights and dash board lights. You had mentioned that your mechanic found a short any idea where the short was located.

    thank you for any answers you may supply.
  • ryan14841ryan14841 Posts: 1
    I am having this same steering issue I see so many others having. I purchased my 2008 Aura certified preowned in 2010. I took it into the dealer shortly before the warranty expired with this steering rubbing noise issue. I believe they said they replaced the steering gear, and it worked perfectly for about exactly one year and now it is back exactly the same as it was before. Now my warranty has long since passed. I called the dealer to see if the repair itself has a warranty, and I never could get a straight answer on that. I can't really afford an expensive repair on this, so I am hesitant on taking into the dealer again. Just wondering with so many people apparently experiencing the same problem, was there ever a recall on this?
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