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Saturn Aura New Owner Reports



  • dinofdinof Posts: 106
    Good...........that proves it is a manufacturing flaw and not a
    design defect. That should make Rocker Panel repairs
    a warrantied item and therefore eligible for repair by SATURN .
  • Absolutely. The panels don't appear to be secured well to the body of the car.
  • bob919344bob919344 Posts: 29
    I too have a 2007 Aura XR with only 7800 miles on it..

    The front end sounds like its going to fall off when i hit any type of road bump or just about anything !! Sounds like struts are bad or bad CV joints to me !!
    Highway mileage is stinks !!!!! highway gets about 27+ , town only 17 average. thats not too good to me, my Caddy i turned in for this got better mileage.
    Interior is what it is.....a Saturn by GM " Cheep and flimsy and plastic " also the arm rest is so cheep and flimsy too

    not sure if i will ever get another one after this lease is up ??
  • texvettetexvette Posts: 12
    The front end noise is likely the grille/panel assy in the front, mine did the same thing and dealer corrected the problem.... as far as fuel economy..... regarding fuel economy,,,,, raise your tire pressure 2 pounds and you should get a 10% improvement..... I would also be interested in what vehicles in this price class do not use plastic... most of which is 'flimsy'.... I looked at Camry, Accord, Subaru, and all had the same attributes.... I have had the dash apart on mine to install some electronics, and must say the underpinnings of hte dash are substantial.. and the use of the electronics bus strucutre for the radio and other accessories is very advanced.
  • weezycomweezycom Posts: 8
    have discovered the first reason to take my Aura back to the dealer. The trip odometers won't reset. I've held that reset button down, once for 2 minutes, and no change. All the info is feeding into it correctly, as far as I can tell, for mileage, mpg, tire pressures, etc., but I can't get the reset to work.

    Has anyone had this problem?
  • Yes similar. I have noticed on two occasions, the Trip will zero itself.
  • another update:

    Well it did it again. I'm cruising at about 60 mph on Hwy 17 in GA and look at my speedo and it says I'm going 120 mph!

    The next day I took it in and they are going to replace the "instrument cluster". So now i wait for them to order and receive it, then i have to take it back in for them to do the work.
  • weezycomweezycom Posts: 8
    and I'm finding some other quibbles/dislikes with the car. Overall, it's fine, but this really is an arranged marriage and not a love match.

    They really need to put a rear windshield wiper on future models. The slant on the back window is too shallow for a quick runoff of precip, and that can really be a problem when dealing with ice and snow.

    I miss the sport-tuned suspension of my previous car immensely. Even after six weeks, the ride on this one doesn't provide enough feedback through the wheel and feels rather boat-ish in the corners.

    Either put this 4-cyl. engine in the Astra, or make a wagon version of the Aura. The fold-down pass-through on the rear seats is so squished and the trunk opening so shallow that the feature isn't sufficiently usable, but the Astra (where the fold-down and wide opening are wonderfully usable) is under-powered for a sporty wagon.

    Get rid of the stupid auto unlock feature when the car is put in park. As a single woman in an urban area, I don't want that car door unlocking until I make that decision. An opportunist that knows the feature can reach in and grab my purse and make a getaway, or get in the car unwanted. I imagine moms with youngsters too big for a car seat may not want them to be able to shoot out of the car when they pull up to some destinations as well. Gotta say, that has to be an idea thought of by a guy engineer. And it's NOT AT ALL a good one from this woman's POV.

    Needs an easily replaceable face plate under the ignition to keep swinging keys from eventually scraping up that section of dash.

    Good points:
    decent mileage -- I'm getting a bit over 20 on a highway/city mixed driving about 40/60 split on regular gas.
    Good interior room.
    Console controls are pretty easy to move through (I'd like the fan/flow choices situated a little higher on the center console).
  • dinofdinof Posts: 106
    You can program the lock/unlock feature yourself through
    the DIC (Driver Information Center ) . This feature is easily
    disabled. Check your owner's manual for instructions.
  • I find applying Rain-X to the windows eliminates the need for wiper blades. Even a good rain, when @ 70 mph, the water clears so fast the wipers are only for looks.

    Sport suspension??? you must have an xe or greenline. The XR suspension works fantastic as long as the tires are inflated over recommended. The OEM tires at 30 psi are like sponges and make the whole car ride like it is on a foam rubber road.
  • Bought a leftover '07 XR a couple of weeks ago and am very pleased with the vehicle. Only problem so far was warped brake rotors at less than 100 miles. In all fairness, the vehicle was built in 11/06 so it is nearly 1.5 yrs. old, so some of these things are bound to happen.. Also has a vibration which is likely out of balance tires. Overall mileage in the first 600 miles has been around 20-21 mpg in mostly city driving. I have seen as high as 28 on a 30 mile freeway trip. Changed out the cloth interior (ugly) for a beautiful aftermarket leather interior (Classic Soft Trim) that was available from the Saturn retailer. No major complaints about the vehicle and it seems to have features that compare favorably to cars costing over $30k! I truly believe this car is price $3-4k under the market. I'll post updates as the vehicle breaks in.
  • dinofdinof Posts: 106
    Keep a watch on the underdoor rocker panels and please advise
    if you start to see separations or large gaps betwwen the panels
    and steel body. :lemon:
  • On 2/20/08, I leased and 08' Aura XE. According to the selling dealer, it was delivered to them in August 08'. I have had it in for service three times already, the first visit was on 2/25/08 - 5 days after delivery with only 183 miles on it. On the first service visit all for brakes were replace when I claimed pulsation when braking - paperwork claimed rust on friction surface. A wheel alignment was performed because of a left pull and all four wheel balanced because of vibration.

    Still had vibration, left pull and a steering issue. Second visit with only 507 miles on it. All four tires and one rim replaced because of radial runout. Intermediate steering shaft was replaced as it was contacting with the steering gear,

    Third trip to an alternate Saturn dealer claimed the alignment was in negative range and readjusted to positive after I still complained of left pull. Tires rebalanced because of continued vibration.

    Although the left pull has been corrected, the vibration in the seats and steering wheel continue. The car does not handle cornering or curves very well either. The service manager think I'm nuts and is giving me a hard time with a loaner to bring it in again.

    Car design is very nice but mechanically it is a nightmare and the service is even worse. I have driven GM's all my life, but doubt I will after this lease.

    Is it possible the tire replacements have gone bad again or could there be a powertrain problem?
  • Mistype of dealership delivery date - should be August of 07' not 08' Sorry.
  • tracyvtracyv Posts: 3
    I have had all the same problems including the dealership attitude. I would suggest pushing the issues with Saturn directly. That is the only way things got done for me. I love the rust on the brakes explanation, they told me I wash my car too much !!!
  • To answer your question, yes I do have gapping of the rocker panels on both sides of my XR that was built in 11/06. I'll have to address this with the selling dealer. Two thoughts: it appears the sheet metal was cut a bit short (1/8-1/4") and they appear not to have been sealed. Therefore, I'm eventually concerned about rust. Car now has about 1,400 miles. Mileage is still improving and the engine is breaking in wonderfully! Love the car, just need to address the topic above and a slight but steady light vibration (probably the tires). I'll advise when fixed.
  • I have pushed this issue with Saturn directly. It's going in for service again. I'll post the outcome. The "wash your car too much" comment was enlightening and the opposite of one I received from the service department. They claimed I must have an abundance of mud in the wheel wells causing vibration. I guess I don't wash my car enough!
  • dinofdinof Posts: 106
    I have news for you. Saturn considers the rocker panel gaps to
    be a design defect and as such they are not covered by the warranty. I went thru Arbitration with the BBB and Saturn and
    won my case. The Arbitrator ordered Saturn to repair the panels.
    Saturn Corp. countered with an "Impossible to Repair " document
    to the Arbitrator and I was told that if I repaired the rocker panels
    myself, it would be considered a "modification" of the vehicle and
    would invalidate my warranty. So, get used to the gaps. :lemon:
  • texvettetexvette Posts: 12
    Saturn as always advertised they are a 'different kind of car company'....
  • texvettetexvette Posts: 12
    I took my XR to the Saturn dealer as it shifts very hard with a 'clunk' and slight slippage when you are under torque in 6th gear going up a hill, under light acceleration... they told me it passed all the diagnostics, did not show any codes... they road tested it, then compared it to another XR... seems they encountered the same phenom.. and tech thought is was abnormal, until they found that the other new ones on the lot did the same thing.. now it is merely 'characteristic' of an Aura XR and they did nothing more.

    I am not at all unhappy with the car... fun to drive, reasonable fuel economy for the HP.. BUT... I will never buy anything from Saturn again. I have always purchased GM vehicles, and have had similar maladies with other vehicles,, but GM always made things right..... but Saturn 'is a different kind of car company'... if the car has a design defect... the consumer just lives with it.... as they will not take responsibility.

    I will trade when the '09's come out.. but won't be a Saturn!
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