2008 Saturn Aura
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From worst to best

by from NH on October 28, 2010

I recently traded a 2006 Mercury Montego for a 2008 Saturn Aura. I've owned vehicles for 65 years, and this one is by far, the best, with the Mercury being very close to the worst. In addition to exce...
I recently traded a 2006 Mercury Montego for a 2008 Saturn Aura. I've owned vehicles for 65 years, and this one is by far, the best, with the Mercury being very close to the worst. In addition to excellent handling characteristics, and plenty of get up and go, the instrument cluster is one of the best I've seen, with excellent day and night visibility.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Beatiful Ride

by from New York City on June 17, 2011

I bought the car brand new in 2009. Immediately after I took delivery of the car I notice the brake problems. The dealer said the rotors were warped and they replaced the rotors. At 6K miles I notice ...
I bought the car brand new in 2009. Immediately after I took delivery of the car I notice the brake problems. The dealer said the rotors were warped and they replaced the rotors. At 6K miles I notice a major transmission leak. The dealer fixed the problem they said it was a broken seal. Now I hear a rattling sound on the back but I dont have the patience to go to the dealer as I really hate them now and wish I never bought this piece of junk. I have 36K miles and luckily I have no major mechanical problems. The vehicle itself is a very smooth and powerfull car to ride. Unfortunately I will not consider buying another GM vehicle as this one has left me with very bad taste. When I buy a new car I dont expect the car to have any issues for the first 60K miles. I owned Impalas in the past 2003-2007 and while they are poorly constructed inside I never once had an engine problem with them and they never let me down. Aura however is a completely different car with lots of mechanical issues. Stay away from them and instead look for Chevy Maliby or Toyota Camry.
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Does not recommend this car

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Better than the imports

by from WA on June 7, 2008

My wife and I have had this car for almost a year... We love it. The XR model provides the power and performance we desired. The interior is clean, well appointed, and makes sense. We looked at Accord...
My wife and I have had this car for almost a year... We love it. The XR model provides the power and performance we desired. The interior is clean, well appointed, and makes sense. We looked at Accord and Camry but they seemed like yesterday's news. The Aura is a car that will look and feel modern for the next few years. Only negative I can think of right now is the car's turn radius. Other than that, it is a great car for someone desiring something different than the vanilla imports.
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Nice Ride

by from Debver, co on March 6, 2013

Bought the car 9/12. The car had 32,000 miles on it. It is the XE model. Booked out at $13,500, paid $11,300. Enjoy driving it a lot. But if I had a chance to do it all over again I would opt for the ...
Bought the car 9/12. The car had 32,000 miles on it. It is the XE model. Booked out at $13,500, paid $11,300. Enjoy driving it a lot. But if I had a chance to do it all over again I would opt for the XR model. More options.
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Easily one of the worst mistakes I have ever made.

by from Fraser, MI on February 13, 2014

I purchased my Saturn Aura XR as a certified used car from a local dealer with only 42,000 miles on it a few years back. Since that time, I have literally not been able to trust this vehicle. After o...
I purchased my Saturn Aura XR as a certified used car from a local dealer with only 42,000 miles on it a few years back. Since that time, I have literally not been able to trust this vehicle. After one week, it failed to start and I had to get it towed to the dealer for repairs. I Found out it was an electrical issue. Then, it started to randomly display the message Service ESC almost every single time I drove it for more than 5 minutes... This was usually accompanied by a rough idle. I ended up taking it back to the dealer 3 times before this issue was "corrected." After that, some other nasty electrical problems started to show their ugly head... The least of the problems involved cracking speakers... The worst involved the entire dash going dark and/or traction control malfunctioning randomly. Again, this took several trips to the dealer before it was "corrected." The reason that I put that in quotations is because the problems still persist on an intermittent basis. Unrelated to the electrical issue are the rims and suspension. These rims are absolute junk and I have one that is so bent that it shakes the whole vehicle if I travel over 55 mph... The best part is that I have now owned this vehicle for almost 2 years and it now has 76,000 miles on it and I get to enjoy some even more major issues. As described in other forums, this vehicle can show transmission issues. Of course mine has started to show these signs for the last few months and has reached the point where it needs to be addressed! Essentially, it will randomly decide to down shift when I am coasting at around 35-40 mph. This typically causes a fairly abrupt jolt that isn't very safe or comforting. This transmission issue is nothing compared to my final problem! The final issue is that I am burning through coolant at a rate of about a gallon per week! I just had this looked at as well, and it was determined that I have a head gasket that is about to catastrophically fail. This is amazing because I have taken this car back to the dealer for all needed maintenance since I purchased it and it has been at enormous expense to me. The cost of all needed repairs at this point would be between $2,500 - $3,000 depending on who does it. Essentially, I have talked to a different dealer and agreed to basically give them the car as a trade in and to roll the negative equity into a different vehicle. I absolutely refuse to pour any more money into this joke of a vehicle... I have literally never had car trouble in my life because I am a very boring driver and I do all maintenance religiously. I find it funny that I have purchased vehicles with over 100,000 miles from private parties for as little as $500 and have never had anywhere near the issues that I have had with this GM certified vehicle that I purchased for $15,900 + tax. My dad worked for GM for 34 years and everything that I have owned has been GM, but after this I will hesitate to buy GM again.
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Does not recommend this car

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Good all around car

by from Terre Haute,IN on March 27, 2012

We bought this car for gas mileage and were suprised at the alll around comfort and performance . We went with the 4cyl and are happy with the smooth quite ride . Couldn't be happier wit this car it h...
We bought this car for gas mileage and were suprised at the alll around comfort and performance . We went with the 4cyl and are happy with the smooth quite ride . Couldn't be happier wit this car it had 40,ooo miles when we bought it .
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Very nice car

by from Elkhart, In on October 20, 2011

The car is comfortable, quiet, & good gas mileage. There are some visability challenges for a short person (side rear view mirrors, posts between windshield and side windows, and head rests get in the...
The car is comfortable, quiet, & good gas mileage. There are some visability challenges for a short person (side rear view mirrors, posts between windshield and side windows, and head rests get in the way). This is the first "non-Ford" product I've ever had and I'm happy with it. Just took a long trip and it was very comfortable. Don't like that mileage is shown in whole miles - no 'tenths' of a mile. I guess it's because it's an electronic reading instead of a gauge. Would have liked at least a 3 CD player instead of a single, though.
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High End Car for Standard Car Price

by from Fort Wayne, IN on January 23, 2013

Third Saturn that we have owned. The first was a great buy and each one has been better than the last. You have to drive the Aura to "get it", this is a great car with a great look. All Saturns allow ...
Third Saturn that we have owned. The first was a great buy and each one has been better than the last. You have to drive the Aura to "get it", this is a great car with a great look. All Saturns allow you to pile up the miles with very little maintenance cost. Very reliable and inexpensive to own. Easy to maintain.
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Does recommend this car

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Unhappy customer

by from Stratfore, CT on October 12, 2011

I did my research & decided on the Aura because it got good reviews and I loved the way it looked, still do but it was put together very poorly. The doors do not line up and the windows had to be adju...
I did my research & decided on the Aura because it got good reviews and I loved the way it looked, still do but it was put together very poorly. The doors do not line up and the windows had to be adjusted because water would leak through when it rained. The inside is the same, there are uneven gaps between pieces of the console, the pass arm rest is not on properly & the finish on the arm rests are peeling. I needed a new master cylinder at about 3K miles and other minor repairs. I would love the car if it didn't seem like school children put it together. This was my first new car and I am so disappointed I can't wait to trade it.
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Does not recommend this car

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still going strong

by from wisconsin farm area on September 28, 2011

bought new in may 2008 now has 76,000 miles and still drives great as the first day.Quiet interior makes going places, nice size trunk for trips. Overall still happy wish gm still made them.
bought new in may 2008 now has 76,000 miles and still drives great as the first day.Quiet interior makes going places, nice size trunk for trips. Overall still happy wish gm still made them.
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