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#17 of 89 Saturn Aura recall
Sep 26, 2012 (2:26 am)
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.
#18 of 89 Re: Saturn Aura recall [shee09]
Sep 26, 2012 (6:35 am)
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 socialmediagm.com
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#19 of 89 Will GM help out on a transmission issue Saturn Aura
Oct 08, 2012 (10:46 am)
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?
#20 of 89 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue Saturn Aura [chrissyh2]
Oct 24, 2012 (8:04 pm)
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!
#21 of 89 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue Saturn Aura [ashlow8701]
Oct 25, 2012 (5:45 am)
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 socialmediagm.com 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
#22 of 89 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue Saturn Aura [ashlow8701]
Oct 30, 2012 (7:46 am)
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
#23 of 89 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue
Dec 10, 2012 (12:31 pm)
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.
#24 of 89 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue [geoffny]
Dec 10, 2012 (1:12 pm)
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 socialmediagm.com (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
#25 of 89 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue Saturn Aura [ashlow8701]
Dec 18, 2012 (9:30 am)
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.
#26 of 89 Transmission ~ Poof!!!
Jan 21, 2013 (7:18 pm)
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.