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Saturn AURA repairs by problem area

Engine (16%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (10%)

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Saturn AURA transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (16%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (19%)

Chart based on 58 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

252-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

74000 mi Waveplate cracked and transmission needed to be rebuilt under extended GM warranty due to internal transmission part defect. 

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2009 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

100000 mi

US $300
Corroded cooling lines 
54000 mi Fractured waveplate 
3000 mi Poor shifting, delayed acceleration, poor driveability. Dealer said this was normal for a 6 speed transmission. 
64000 mi

US $3600
Wave plate disintegrated 
17794 mi front left wheel bearing making noise and had to be replaced. 
8060 mi Either a piece of debris went through the transmission valve body, or one of the valves is sticking. They inspected the valve body for problesm 

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2008 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

252-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

78000 mi

US $4000
Transmission was not shifting smoothly into 3rd. After dropped off, dealer even had issue shifting into reverse. Likely 3-5-R waveplate issue. Replaced entire transmission with GM remanufactured. 
83000 mi

US $2269
Saturn Aura XR with 80,000+ miles just stopped...pulled into parking lot couldn't move forward or backward. Was not on a main road and called for tow. 
38300 mi Excessive noise when turning, replaced half shaft. 
96100 mi Replaced leaking trans cooling hoses. 
123000 mi rough shifting 
20000 mi Used ímanualí (M5) while going down 6% grade. When transitioning from acceleration to deceleration between 50 and 60, the transmission would unload and bounce/shudder until put back under load or placed into M6. Reprogramming TCM didn't help. 
22000 mi Transmission whine or grinding when remote started addressed thru P.I. #PIC4773B--loose torque converter bolts were found and tightened and the ECM / TCM were reprogrammed. This rectified the whine / grinding and fixed sloppy transmission issue. Could not fix transmission shudder, wheel imbalance, and alignment problems despite repeated attempts, car bought back by dealer. 
17200 mi Sound in belt upon cold start. Could not replicate. Thumping noise in drive shaft - oiled and problem gone. 
20000 mi Some type of transmission leak from under the hood, drivers side. 

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2008 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

219-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

37000 mi The shifter cable broke. Engine would not crank at all, but lights/radio/key fob worked. Had TSB from GM a week prior, and was covered under warranty. had to replace shifter cable. drove car by manually engaging cable, could not park. 
112000 mi

US $255
Transmission shift lever was hard to move through the gears to get from drive to park or reverse. Dealer repaired under Recall 13036 but the problem remains. Going back to dealer ASAP. 
19000 mi new part installed to replace driveshaft part that was making clunking sound back in December 
76000 mi

US $150
replaced broken shift cable 
40550 mi

US $340
Transmission console select cable (between shift lever and trany) failed due to broken clip. Similar to 2009 model recall. 
75700 mi Recall work for shift lever cable 
98000 mi The gearshift cable that was repaired previously under a recall broke again, in the same manner. Dealer/GM gave an extended warranty to fix the problem again free of charge. 

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2008 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

68000 mi

US $2700
I have taken my car in for the last 3 years to have someone diagnose the problem. It is electrical and the transmission ups into 3rd gear to start out from a stop. Have not repaired fully. GM should recall VIN 106727 for tranny repair! Help! 
75500 mi Rear passenger boot leaking. Replaced under warranty 

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2008 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

164-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 4-speed automatic FWD

60000 mi

US $750
transmission tubes for pump needed to be replaced (cracked) New fluid, new gaskets installed 

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2007 Saturn AURA

Engine not specified

97000 mi Transmission replaced 

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2007 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

252-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

12000 mi

US $300
Transmission failed to engage in reverse. 
121700 mi

US $107
Diagnose CEL and Transmission in Limp-mode (only had 2 forward gears, reverse, neutral and park. 
123000 mi

US $2376
Same transmission problem as prior entry. Drove car from dealership directly to transmission shop as the estimated cost was half of dealership's esitmate. Replaced Transmission with rebuilt unit. 
74000 mi

US $3400
Failed transmission. 
120000 mi

US $4300
Transmission went out stuck in low gear 
74000 mi

US $1100
both CV axles 
81000 mi

US $3500
Transmission failure 
78000 mi Transmission failed 3 times in one week - dumped the car. 
69000 mi

US $2000
wave plate failure destroying trans. 
78000 mi

US $75
The car shifted "hard" in third gear. They deleted the "learned memory" of "my shifting pattern". Seemed to solve the problem but over the next two weeks, it merely moved it to fifth gear. I give up! 
183000 mi My transmission needed repair again. Decided to get rid of vehicle instead of spending 3000 dollars. 
54000 mi

US $120
The transmission self-destructed. Lots of noises and after it was in the dealer, it totally went bad. 
20000 mi Recalibration of transmission to improve economy. 
18000 mi Warranty replacement of transmission valve body assembly as well as ECM. Car was failing to shift out of first gear. 
18000 mi Transmission failed to shift out of first gear. Transmission valve body replaced as well as ECM. 
7440 mi repair noisy shifter 
8680 mi replace interior door panels to 08 panels due to flimsy door handles on old panels. replace rear emblem due to discoloration and peeling. Reprogram transmission and engine, still shifts poorly at low speeds. replace evap purge solenoid, very noisy sou 
13640 mi Noisy transmission shifter. 
66000 mi

US $3500
Transmission failed. Replaced with new transmission 
8000 mi Transmission re-flash for poor shifting performance 
4000 mi Annoying delay when accelerating from transmission. Was told it is a characteristic of the car (and is actually reported by many people on the Internet as per my own research). 
7000 mi TCM update for harsh / delayed shifting 
107000 mi

US $4900
While driving transmission started kicking all of a sudden then just stopped, pulled to the side of the road turned off engine, restart it but had only one gear available, managed to get the car to the repair shop,solenoid/wave plate failed 
113700 mi rough transmission shifting when driving first thing in the morning 
3000 mi transmission was also shifting different than usual. They checked it and advise nothing was wrong.  
79600 mi Broken reverse-3-5 wave washer 
11000 mi Slight transmission leak caused by torn seal 

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2007 Saturn AURA 4dr Sedan

224-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

16000 mi Cruise control would not set. Automatic locks stopped working. Transmission Control unit reprogrammed with latest update. 
99000 mi

US $334
Car shudders (like driving over rough terrain) and lacks power when maintaining speed or gently accelerating uphill in 4th gear. Shuddering stops and accelerates normally if throttle is applied more aggressively to induce downshift. 
141000 mi

US $3050
car would not shift into 3rd or 4th gear. I have the 4 speed automatic. I limped the car into the dealership. Replaced the transmission. I paid for the entire repair. 
131700 mi

US $400
Shift cable broke 
60000 mi

US $1
Transmission oil coolant line leaking. Not repaired. 
61000 mi Transmission oil coolant line leaking. 
148000 mi

US $103
Replaced transmission shift linkage cable due to failed cable. 
80300 mi Linkage cable broke. Covered by recall 
19000 mi When going to pull out or overtake, severe lag in power when accelerator pressed. 

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