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#128 of 145 Re: Saturn Electric Fix [randy121]
Aug 14, 2013 (3:55 am)
Thanks for your response as I'm experiencing these same problems on a 2009 Saturn Aura XR with about 15,500 miles. I'd greatly appreciate some additional information. Once the 'fix' was applied how many miles have you driven and have any of these same problems happened again? I haven't gone to any of the authorized Saturn dealerships in my area for this problem as yet but when I do I plan to start with your 'fix'. I don't know what kind of issues I'll have getting them to do the 'fix' without them wanting to do other more costly repairs as they may not be as honest or competent as your dealership. Can you supply the name & phone number of the dealership who did the 'fix'? I'll do some minor repairs and adjustments on a car for easy access items but I'm not as familiar with things under the hood on this Saturn as I should be so please jump start my knowledge, is the BCM unit and connection behind the dash, under the dash, on the engine compartment firewall or part of the fuse relays compartment? This sounds like something I can do if I can access it and if it works then I don't need to deal with a dealership. Thanks for any advise and support.
#129 of 145 Re: 2008 Saturn Aura XE - Electrical Issues [kproffitt]
Sep 02, 2013 (10:06 am)
My 2008 Saturn Aura XE is having similar issues... It beeps all the time and flashes lights on the dashboard and the dials are going crazy.. the dials keep going to 0 or my gas gauge goes to empty but goes back to normal... This is really aggrevating me alot but quits beeping and acting up after i kick under the dashboard after a few kicks towards my fuse area... Help!!!! I got referred to someone today after taking it to autozone to get it plugged in under the dashboard to see if it was throwing any codes.... No luck there but anyways anyone that has that issue please reply back...
#130 of 145 Re: Saturn Electric Fix [randy121]
Sep 16, 2013 (10:38 am)
Your help would be much appreciated. I have a 2008 saturn aura and I was recently driving down the rd when all my lights and door locks started going crazy. The car stalled out on me and I had to get a jump and keep the rpm's high to get it home. My mechanic has changed the alternator and says that my computer also has to be replaced. He is insisting that someone had to have touched the computer with the jumper cables at some point to cause this problem. Does this sound like the problem you were having and do you think the dielectric grease will help this?
#131 of 145 Re: 07 Aura XR computer issues [dmm1277ny]
Sep 16, 2013 (11:03 am)
I was wondering what your outcome was with your computer issues. I am having the same problem with mine and input would be much helpful.
#132 of 145 saturn computer issues
Sep 16, 2013 (4:20 pm)
My 2008 Aura with only 80,000 miles had exactly the same problems as an earlier message will state. a year after the door issues that you are talking about (temporarily fixed by a door motor in the d rivers side), I stated to get a lot of other issues all at once. On the way to trade it in all systems shut down when I was driving and it was towed on a flatbed into the dealer. I would urge restrain in any mechanic working on it who might think he or she knows the problem, is it very complex and I am sure very expensive. I would contact General Motors immediately and demand help. The car would have had a r ecall, I suspect, if Saturn still existed.
#133 of 145 Reversed Battery Posts
Sep 20, 2013 (1:52 pm)
OK; I screwed up. The question is how much.
I put a new battery into a 2008 Saturn Aura today. I didn't pay attention to the fact that the polarity of the posts on the new battery was opposite the polarity on the old battery. So I connected it backwards. Very bad. I apologize to the Saturn gods.
I got visible electrical smoke from beneath the air intake when this happened. Once I had the battery installed correctly, the car runs and all major functions (speedometer, headlights, cruise control, locks and windows) work. Not working: radio, turn signals, charger (nee cig lighter).
Any idea what I fried and how hard it is to replace?
#134 of 145 2008 Saturn Aura XE problems
Sep 23, 2013 (2:21 pm)
I have been reading through all these posts for over an hour now. It seems this is a major issue with Saturn cars. Why is there no recall? Everyone please contact your State Attorney General's office and let them know about the electrical problems you've had with your car. Many AG Office have websites that you can file a complaint online. If enough people complain, they will investigate and the AGO can make GM / Saturn do a recall.
I purchased my 2008 Saturn Aura XE in June of 2011. Everything was fine for the first 30 days, on day 32 (after the 30 days to return to dealership expired!) the automatic door lock system would no longer lock / unlock the drivers door. Then last summer (2012) occasionally the "check air bag" light would come on. It'd go of after driving a few miles. I had my inspection done (required here in Texas) in April, funny there wasn't any codes that came up about the "check air bag" and then in May my radio started to flash on and off randomly then stop and not do it again for a few weeks, then it happened again about 4 times now and again this summer on really hot days (over 103 degrees) the "check air bag" light came on again and would go off after a few miles. It doesn't always come on, about once or twice a week and once it went off before I even started to drive. Well yesterday my car wouldn't start. I ran 3 errands, every time it started ... no issues, then on the 4th errand, it wouldn't start. Bought a new battery this morning, installed it and it still won't start! The lights come on, the radio, it's getting power, but it won't turn over, don't even hear it trying to start. Nothing, just a click noise when you turn the key. Even tried putting it in neutral and still it won't start. Which is why I ended up here. My car has less than 48,000 miles on it!
Like I said, after reading all these posts, this seems to be a computer issue with Saturn cars. I have downloaded all these post as evidence that this is not just a problem with my car and submitted a complaint to the Texas AGO.
I don't think I or anyone else should have to pay to fix an issue that GM / Saturn is well aware of considering the volume of post on here! I plan on also contacting an attorney to see about starting a class action lawsuit against GM / Saturn.
Sorry to the GM Customer Care people replying here. I am not going to wait for you to tell me I have to pay for a diagnosis at a GM dealership when you are very much aware that there is an issue as it has well been stated here on and a few other websites I found, you've known about it for the past 4 years!!! Why hasn't GM done anything to correct this computer / electronic issue?
Once my car is running again I will be trading it in and I will NEVER EVER buy a Saturn or GM vehicle again. To know something is wrong and not do anything pro-active it not acceptable customer service, nor does it give the impression that GM / Saturn stands behind their products! And don't say well Saturn went out of business and isn't our product. The Malibu is a twin to the Aura!
#135 of 145 Re: 2008 Saturn Aura XE problems [texasmaples]
Sep 24, 2013 (1:25 pm)
I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Saturn vehicle, and apologize that your experience has led you to feel this way. If there is anything we can do to help with this situation or if you'd like to start a case with us please feel free to send an email to socialmediagm.com.
GM Customer Care
#136 of 145 Re: 2008 Saturn Aura XE problems [texasmaples]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Sep 25, 2013 (10:36 am)
Actually, the best way to have your complaints compiled by an agency with the power to investigate and urge recalls is to report to the NHTSA at www.safercar.gov.
#137 of 145 Re: 2008 Saturn Aura XE problems [Kirstie@Edmunds]
Oct 01, 2013 (3:48 pm)
I did report yesterday to NHTSA and to the Texas State Attorney Generals Office and I've made post on a few other websites I found where others have reported the same problem.
I ended up having my car towed to a dealership yesterday. They told the warranty company that there was battery acid on the fuse box which caused the problems. IDIOTS! Battery acid is a liquid. The fuse box sits 1.5" ABOVE the battery and there is a space / gap about 1" between to battery and fuse box. Both the battery and fuse box have covers. So how does a liquid flow up 1.5", across a gap and through two covers? It doesn't! And the old battery had no leaks (easy to get a sworn statement from the store where the new battery was purchased at since I gave them the old battery to dispose of, plus the store has video. Easy to see if there is a leak or any liquids on the battery!) If there was liquid / battery acid, I certainly wouldn't have touched that battery! It can burn your skin!
I am just glad I took detailed pictures of the engine and battery area before my car was towed. I also have pictures of the engine from 2011. And I had my car inspected (Texas law) in late April and NO where did the mechanic note any battery acid or any issue! And I just had 4 new tires put on my car about 6 weeks ago and an oil change. And again NO mention of any battery acid leaking.
I did contacted GM Customer Care. No big surprise they tell me there is no current recall for any technical issues for my car. Total and complete denial that there is an obvious issue with the fuse box center. So many post on here from people who had the SAME issues I experienced. The fuse box is defective! And maybe not all Saturns experience this issue, it could be the plant just got a bad batch of fuse boxes.
Perhaps someone should do some research on all the cars reporting this issue, see which plant the cars were manufactured at and see if they all have the same lot or batch of fuse boxes installed?
I am beyond furious that GM so easily dismisses the fact the fuse box is defective and they refuse to take responsibility for it and be pro-active! That they blame the issue on something else. The only satisfaction is that they were stupid enough to blame it on battery acid! Very easy to prove this is false thanks to pictures and eye witness accounts.
I am a stay at home mom. I got nothing but time on my hand to pursue this. I can be the squeaky wheel that gets the oil!
I will start with creating a new email account so I can email each individual on here and a few other websites posting of this issue to advise them to please report to their state attorney generals office and to NHTSA and I will be contacting an attorney to see about starting a class action law suit. And contacting the media. And creating a FB page where people can post their experience and get updates.
Like a dog with a bone!
For today, I just wait for the car to be repaired. Lets see if the issue is fixed or will it continue? Will post updates.