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#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.
#97 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [hackd]
Nov 29, 2007 (8:29 am)
I can give you the location, owner and VIN number of 2008
autos that have the same problem. Just ask via your e-mail.
#98 of 240 Re: Pictures of 2007 Saturn Aura Defects [dinof]
Dec 02, 2007 (8:11 am)
That is not needed. I thought everyone would be interested that when I brought this defect concern up to the Saturn dealer they claimed it was caused by reckless driving....I found this pretty pathetic. I basically advised them that they needed to put in wirting that there warranty would cover this defect. In an indirect way they basically told me no and wished me luck on my new car search. I have basically crossed this car off the list at this point.