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#87 of 240 PROBLEM on Side Rocker Panel
Nov 27, 2007 (7:51 am)
I have a 2007 Aura XR with only 5200 mi on it leased in April this year....
Since seeing all the posts about this problem, i looked at both sides of my door rocker panels and i can see the SAME PROBLEM starting on my car...it seems to be separating from the car. Obviously a engineering error and hard to beloieve they wont try and FIX the problem.. If you wanna know the only way they will start a correction of this will be for ALL OF US who is having this problem puts a review of the car on EDMONDS CAR under reviews that customers thinking of buying the car see BEFORE they buy it.. If GM sees the posts on EDMONDS they dont like negative reviews about product !!
I Love the car otherwise....( heat on feet sems not to be the best ) but i do really like the car for the price !!!!
Lets all post some reviews on these sites and also copy GM on your review to their web site for Saturn Customer Service !!!!
remember.....its NOT a safety problem, thats why its not a recall !!!! if causes no safety problem Only looks , thats why there is no quick reply back from anyone from GM .....UNLESS they see everyone having this problem and complaining about it and effecting sales of the car
#88 of 240 Re: PROBLEM on Side Rocker Panel [bob919344]
Nov 27, 2007 (8:08 am)
You are right ! Maybe a class action lawsuit against Saturn or GM will get some action. I am assumming however that since the problem is appearing on virtually every car, Arbitration will not
solve the problem, because the Arbitrator does not have the power to order a recall . Everyone with the problem will have to have it repaired at their own expense. So much for being a
member of the "Saturn Family " . GM increases the period of
their warranty to compete with Korean and Japanese car makers,
but then will not honor the warranty. They may as well warranty
their vehicles for " LIFE " ; they aren't going to stand behind it.
#89 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [dinof]
Nov 27, 2007 (9:12 am)
I looked at your pictures. Look at mine. The problem looks to me, from the illuminated from behind picture, is the body panels are miss dented, not the plastic rocker panel.
So I see why they don't want to fix it, that would require some body work, pounding out the dents, repainting etc. It would also require that they correct the manufacturing cause of the dents, which could cost millions.
Looks to me that they made the plastic rocker panels to cover up manufacturing defects to the body/sill panels.
Funny my early model has only one small recess under the tire pressure sticker.
If it were up to me I would redesign the plastic rocker panels to come up over the lower step which would cover up all sorts of defects down under.
#90 of 240 Re: PROBLEM on Side Rocker Panel [bob919344]
Nov 27, 2007 (9:14 am)
Hi..also meant to tell you how lucky you are to have only LEASED that vehicle. Those of us who purchased the vehicle will have an extremely difficult time reselling or getting any true
value on a trade, because this problem will become more and more associated with the Saturn Aura in years to come. They
are apparently using the same assembly techniques on the
2008 also. I now see another advantage to leasing !!
#91 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [phaetondriver]
Nov 27, 2007 (9:25 am)
Yes, I see what you mean and you are right..........recutting
the plastic rocker panels to fit the contours of the body would
probably eliminate the problem. However, I think what's breaking the panels loose is the fact that the lower rubber gasket on the door is constantly striking the flimsy, plastic panel and sooner
or later causes it to break loose. There goes the resale value of
these cars !!
#92 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [dinof]
Nov 29, 2007 (7:57 am)
There goes the resale value of these cars !!
I'm not sure I would go that far...... it is a defect, but if you hadn't mentioned it in this forum, I don't think I would have ever noticed it. Just my opinion.
#93 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [steelerman]
Nov 29, 2007 (8:08 am)
I was considering the 2008 Aura and have to be honest that this scares me as a potential buyer. There is no guarantee this issue may not cause other used car buyers to shy away in the future. Why would I take the chance? I am wondering how a Saturn salesperson would reply to my concerns on this issue. I doubt they would give me a separate guarantee on this defect not occuring on a new car. It kind of sucks as in terms of a V6 with leather you can beat their ride and price with the supplier incentive. Any 2008 owners who can confirm this issue happening on their car?
#94 of 240 PROBLEM in Rocker Panel of Aura
Nov 29, 2007 (8:10 am)
I was in the auto business after retireing from 30 yrs.... The FIX is quite simple for this and i am surprised that GM wont do this for the problem of the separation ??
*** All they need to do is simply develope a color matched rubber flexible cauk type product....if they run a color matched beed of flexible cauk that would match the car color and rocker panel color, it would BOTH hide the opening and also being flexible it would expand with the cold and heat !!!!!!! *****
QUITE A SIMPLE FIX IF YOU ASK ME !!!!!!!!!!
but will they think of this ????
#95 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [steelerman]
Nov 29, 2007 (8:16 am)
No one noticed any problem with the Cruise Control sensors
on Ford vehicles either.........until they spontaneously erupted
in numerous fires.
Your probably right..........no one will pay any attention to these
rocker panel defects until they start falling off. (After the
warranty period, I'm sure !! ) Maybe my analogy is a bit
strong.............but someone has to look for and report these
defects..........the car company surely won't !!!
#96 of 240 Re: PROBLEM in Rocker Panel of Aura [bob919344]
Nov 29, 2007 (8:23 am)
I suggested an even simpler fix. Cover the area where the rocker
panel meets the steel body with a piece of black rubber door gasket cemented to both the panel and the body. No need to develop any thing new or even repaint and the fix would probably cost less than $5.00. You wouldn't even need a recall - affected cars could be repaired as they came in for routine service. Saturn refused this suggestion made to them in October 2007.