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Saturn Aura Transmission Issues

Has anyone experienced their transmission seem to jump back in gear after coasting at low speeds in traffic. When I push on the pedal after coasting it jumps back in gear and is very frustrating. I have had it checked out at dealer and they told me they re-programmed the Transmission which scared me. But that didn't fix the problem. Will be taking it in one more time before I decide what to do. But has anyone had this happen to them..?


  • Yes.. I have a 2009 Aura XE with 5600 miles on it. The tranny issues started at 800 miles. Dealer can't find anything wrong. It bucks, bogs and sometimes completely stalls before downshifting. It also acts like it's stuck in gear when you coast, just like a manual transmission. There's a pulsation thru the steering wheel which started at 2500 miles. It goes away a few seconds after a "warm" start. I have a burning smell coming from the engine compartment after driving at highway speeds. GM screwed me on the free XM trial. I got 48 days. The dealer said, call XM. XM said, call your dealer. Both did nothing. My right rear window leaks. My average MPG is 16.2 with 70% highway driving. Much lower than my 06 Magnum that I got rid of for this POS. Overall I give it a D+. After all, it is quiet inside.
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  • I also have a 07 aura, same problem, car seems to buck also usually between 40 to 50 miles an hour. Dealer replaced head cylinder and cam shaft!!!!! Same problem still there. Mechanic who took drive with me felt it also. said not right. They could not find a problem, said all 07 drive this way. Is this really Car of the year? My mechanic said seems like transmission not clinking into gear. Bringing it back one more time, then going for lemon law.
  • I have had my XR for well over a year and it has done that many times but only shortly after starting out. To me it acts like the torque converter isn't full and it slips but then the converter pump builds pressure and it grabs, like popping the clutch. It is annoying but at least mine only does it in the first minute or so then it is fine. Never done it at 50 mph.
    Might be programming, but I'm old school so I would look at the torque converter/pump first.
  • I was wondering if I was the only one with this problem. My vehicle does the same thing when I'm in rush hour traffic. I gotta tell you, this car looks great but it really is a piece of @%$#. I can't believe this vehicle won car of the year. I recently discovered a leak up by the headliner by the driver door by the door seal. I can't wait to see how they are going to resolve this one. They haven't been able to solve the right front suspension noise or a noisy starter motor when the temperature is in the minus range.

    I recently had my rear speakers changed due to a rattle in them, now i don't have nearly the powerful bass response that I use to. The dealership just changed all four rotors due to pulsation. I've had software updates to my transmission as well but I have rough idle sometimes and i feel it and see it on my tach. When it's cold as well, my base idle will go up by 200 rpm, this is without using the defrost mode. The ventilation setting is usually set to floor. The fuel economy for this vehicle can be so atrocious, that I try not to use my defrost as much as possible because that causes the RPM to be bumped up by 200+rpm. MY sunroof rattles when it's in the up position as well as the sunshade. I recently noticed a knock in the steering especially when i turn to the right. I also have to bring it to the dealership for them to try and buff out theses tiny rust marks all over the vehicle, yes the paint colour is white. Believe me I could go on!

    Piece of #%$#@^ i say!!! I am planning on going through the arbitration process.

    I've only had this vehicle only for three months. I picked it up after getting the XE initially and I wasn't happy with the performance for the amount of fuel that that thing was using, so I move up to the XR. This vehicle is an 07 manufactured in oct 06. I opted to take this vehicle from the dealer with 9500 KM on it because they were supposedly having difficulty getting a dealer transfer for a brand new car.

    I can't wait to get rid of this GM piece of $#@#. I might revisit them when the finally learn to make a proper vehicle.

    I feel Like some kind of test subject with this lemon.
  • forgot to mention, first time i brought it in for bucking, they replaced my head cylinder and cam shaft......that was a totally different problem they say....had a kia before this gm and really sorry i traded up for this. hate to say it but will never buy american again...never had one without problems.....
  • snickers32snickers32 Posts: 3
  • phaetondriverphaetondriver Posts: 175
    Go to another dealership. The trans programming should fix the gear/torque converter problem, according to other posts again. Neither should cause you any loss in mileage, might even get better. I have never had any of the problem you report in over 19000 miles in my XR. S
    orry to hear you are.
  • Definitely a transmission module issue, simple programming and software upgrade should have fixed it. Wait for the Brake Rotor and other re-occurring problems to begin.

  • After reading about these transmission problems, I was wondering if this is a known problem with the 4-cylinder versions, particularly the new 6-speed tranny.

    - Robert -
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    I am fairly certain that the 4cyl engine in the Aura is the same as the engine in the Pontiac G6 4cyl. Fairly minimal differences at all.

    But, I have an 08 Pontiac G6 with the 4cyl 4spd automatic engine. I am experiences the same symptoms. 40-50mph it lunges,slips bucks a bit into the next gear. Until it gets too that point the RPM's are just up higher, sort of like others have said.... as if I had a manual and haven't shifted yet. The transmission is all over the place and unpredictable. The power band is also off, the power is not always there. I'll push down a bit, and it will either be there for me, or well.... not so much. The transmission has to jump way up to get decent power. Even then, it seems so choppy and rough going through the gears.
    Going through traffic gets annoying too, it keeps going up and down notably through the gears. You can feel it, its choppy and rough. Also, if I get up to speed normally, not really hard, but a decent push... you sorta let off the gas once you get up to speed a bit, but it sorta lunges or slips roughly into gear once I let off a bit. Now, it almost feels like it does better when I push it harder, than if I were to drive it nicely. But, both faster or slower pushes still feel choppy.

    So, I am not sure if my transmission is going out or it needs re-programmed? But, I don't think a r-program would change how the actual transmission feels, but rather how it shifts right?? It does not feel right... it does not seem right...

    I leased the car, and it had 200miles on it when I drove it off the lot. Even then, I will honestly say the transmission felt a bit rough, especially in this one gear. It just an ever so slight jolt. I just don't think it should act like this. I do think it has gotten worse than when it was new. I can't be just me. I have had the car for 1 yr now, and I came from an 06 Accord 4cyl. I know its not a Honda 4cyl, but this does not seem right at all. I am very concerned about how I should word this all to the dealer. I am thinking of documenting it in writing so they can visual see what I saying. Do you think my transmission is bad??? :lemon:

    I have been reading all of these posts, some were of the V6 engine, but I have been experiencing these symptoms on my 4cyl. If you all have any advice on how I should approach this. Please let me know. :)
  • tbran1tbran1 Posts: 3
    My wife's Aura has been flawless so far at 3000 miles.Hope this continues... gets phenomenal gas mileage and its good looks turns heads wherever we drive it!
  • elenbieelenbie Posts: 1
    My '09 Aura XR has 34000 miles on it,and I have had absolutely NO trouble with it.It has performed perfectly,and during interstate highway driving it gets approximately 35MPG with the V6.
  • Wow hate to hear all this stuff, I just bought a used 09 Aura and It is in the shop getting new trans, The sad part is I just had a lemon 06 Equinox and used my settlement money to buy this car and already having issues... This is not good The dealer told me the first time it just needs fluid, the next day I took it back and told them you will replace the trans as I almost got in accident when the car would not move as the trans was stuck!!!!
  • Enough said...
  • A recall has been publicized by General Motors, for the Saturn Aura, 2007 through 2010 model years. Since the vehicle shares platforms with the Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 sedans, the 2008 through 2010 model years of those automobiles are also integrated, bringing the whole of recalled automobiles to almost 500,000. The problem is with the connecting tabs on the transmission shift cable, which can result in the park gear failing to engage. Source: Saturn Aura recall.
  • Good morning,

    If you (or anybody who owns one of the affected vehicles) would like for us to check to see if your vehicle is included in this recall, we're happy to do so. Please email us the last 8 digits of your VIN at [email protected]

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I have a Saturn with 102k miles but its only 4 years old. Its at the dealership and we are waiting for an answer to see if GM will help us out on this. We have already replaced a transmission in a chevy silverado truck back in march. We do not have the money to fix this problem. We still owe $5,800 on this car!
    Does anyone have luck in having GM help them out?
  • I hope! I have a 2007 Saturn Aura that is having some kind of transmission issues - it is also at 100,000 miles (right under) and I owe a little over $6,000 - sheesh! Hopefully there is something they will do - the warranty just expired of course!
  • ashlow8701,

    Keep us posted on your progress with getting this transmission concern diagnosed, and we're available to check into this further with you if you like. Please email us at [email protected] with more details and we will go from there (include your name and contact information, a summary of the situation, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and the name of your dealership).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • GM only would help out up to $1000 and until they took the car apart no one could tell me what the bill would be, I was lucky the deaership paid off my car loan and I bought a used toyota camry! no more saturn
  • This is sounding like a broken record in this topic. I have a 2007 Saturn Aura XR with the 3.6L and 6 speed automatic as well, and I had these exact same issues. I complained to the dealer when i bought the car with 56k on it (was the old Saturn Dealer) and they reprogrammed the TCM and said the issue was fixed. I said it was a little better, but still doing it. I was told that was the way the transmission operated. I now have 98,700 miles on the car and was getting ready to schedule the 100k transmission fluid service on it. I was driving it friday and it started slipping horribly, and bucking when put into reverse and feeling like it is going to stall. It bucked hard enough that it almost sent me out of my parking space in front of an oncoming vehicle. I have driven it exactly 14 miles since it happened, half to get home, and half to get it to the Saturn Authorized Service center by me.

    I just was informed by the dealer that the transmission has had an internal failure, and will need to be rebuilt or replaced, to the tune of $2700 for a rebuild, $3700 for a replacement with a new. And to top it off, they said my powertrain warranty expired six months ago, so none of this is covered. Doing a little research, I see this is a common issue with this transmission, yet there is no recall and only a TSB (Service Bulletin Number: 09-07-30-012B NHTSA ID #:10038284 ). If you look at the Arcadia and Enclave sites, you will find more information about the 6T70 transmission that is used with the 3.6L in the Aura.

    This was my first newer GM vehicle, after having switched back from driving an import, but after this experience, who knows. It is sad because I used to love the quality and dependability of the 3.8L and 4T65E transmission, having owned roughly 8 GM vehicles with that motor/trans in the 13 years I have been driving. I wish they never did away with it. Got much better mileage than the 3.6L.

    Right now my car will probably be parked while I try and figure out where the money for this repair will come from. Thankfully I can get a ride from a coworker in the mean time.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252

    We're sorry to hear that your Aura will need a transmission rebuild or replacement. If you wanted for us to check into this further with the dealership (though we're unable to make any promises up front), please email us at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and the name of your involved dealership along with a quick recap of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • My 2007 Saturn's transmission failed exactly 5 days past the 5 year warranty expiration.

    GM's "help" was to offer me 4,000 towards a new GM car which I could not afford.

    Now I see a recall in the works about this issue.

    I highly doubt I'd ever buy another GM car.
  • scmadscmad Posts: 5
    I started experiencing some of the same scenarios as listed above.

    I have a 2007 Saturn Aura XR with the 3.6L and 6 speed automatic and began to notice the bucking, when put into reverse, on January 16. I called my mechanic, who has serviced the Saturn since 11/08, and asked that I bring it in to the shop. An evening later, I lost the transmission and had to have my car towed. The Saturn is now at a transmission specialist getting a rebuilt transmission at a lovely price tag of $3,000. I've had to rent a car at $30 a day and the replacement of the transmission will take a week,

    I've not learned what caused the transmission failure and am very dismayed that there was no forewarning. The car has been serviced on a regular basis; just had the transmission fluid changed as the Saturn reached the 100k mark.

    After doing some research, I too have noticed a trend with this car, that had been my very best vehicle over the past 25 years. This vehicle is to last at least another 100k without losing a transmission. My husband worked at GM for 30+ years and after extensive research thought this car would be the one without major problems.

    How is it that there aren't any recalls? I'm sure GM is aware of this and would like to know what they have to say and what is their plan of action.

    Very disappointed. :sick:
  • I have a 2008 Saturn Aura XE with only 58,000 miles on it and recently it started jumping gears when i get to 40-45 mph.... Its annoying and today took it in to a dealership for that recall September last year from on my car i knew nothing about since recently when it started acting up... What it does is goes up and down with the gears in that speed limit.... The dealership took care of the recall but that didnt fix it and i have a powertrain warranty till June 30th of this year...I cant afford to pay to have them look into this further only the quick 25 pt inspection which they did and said it didnt look like anything.... soo what im asking is anyone else having this same problem and could it be a recall? This car is not that old and it just started acting up please help!!!!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Let us know if you would like for us to check into anything further for you. We can be reached at [email protected] (please include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of our VIN and mileage, and summary of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • scmadscmad Posts: 5
    Kristie and Karen

    What is the criteria you follow in responding to messages? There was no response to message #26 with the same common problem with the transmission going at 100k; and not a word of assistance from either one of you.

    A response would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
  • kevdesadkevdesad Posts: 1
    Wow, I am amazed, it seems like everyone is writing the same thing. My Aura died today, 101690 miles, and the transmission died, slipped for about 1 hour and then suddenly it was done. Does any one know if a recall or a GM repair option is available?
  • scmadscmad Posts: 5
    Unfortuntely for owners that really like their Saturns, there have been no recall relative to the transmission problem.

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