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#23 of 90 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 90 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 90 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 90 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.
#27 of 90 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue [geoffny]
Feb 25, 2013 (11:08 am)
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!!!!
#28 of 90 Re: Will GM help out on a transmission issue [jenst33]
Feb 25, 2013 (12:39 pm)
Let us know if you would like for us to check into anything further for you. We can be reached at socialmediagm.com (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
#29 of 90 No Response to #26
Feb 25, 2013 (7:12 pm)
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.
#30 of 90 Suturn Aura XR transmission issue
Mar 23, 2013 (3:55 pm)
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?
#31 of 90 Re: Suturn Aura XR transmission issue [kevdesad]
Mar 23, 2013 (5:03 pm)
Unfortuntely for owners that really like their Saturns, there have been no recall relative to the transmission problem.
Apr 03, 2013 (11:51 am)
My Aura is currently at a repair shop (126k) waiting for a tranny rebuild and also has a cat conv code issue. The tranny is supposed to be covered up to 120k from what I have read due to a recall regarding a cable issue they extended it. GM REFUSED ANY ASSISTANCE. I just wanted them to pay for the dealer to diagnose the issue being they wanted 2 grand to even look at it..hit a brick wall at every turn. If anyone has any advice or has had this similar problem repaired please help! I have seen that the codes could be bogus and be caused by a dirty engine...I have been told that GM doesn't even make the one cat conv anymore and might not be able to get an aftermarket one which means I will not pass a state inspection...