2008 Saturn Aura Consumer Reviews

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2008 Saturn Aura
4.2
Average based on 25 reviews
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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Problems...but okay

by from on February 26, 2009

Hi I've had my 2008 Saturn Aura V6 for about six months now. The very first problem was water leaking on the passenger side floor underneath the dashboared. This was from the windsheild not being seal...
Hi I've had my 2008 Saturn Aura V6 for about six months now. The very first problem was water leaking on the passenger side floor underneath the dashboared. This was from the windsheild not being sealed properly. Like the user below, the indicator light for the outsid/side air does stop working intermittently, but I think its just slow coming on because after the car is completely started and ran for a few it turns on. My radio is like that too, it will come on 2 or 3 minutes after the car is started up. Then, there is a rattling coming from the back seat. My power driver seat also went out once for about an hour or so. However, the car is still very nice. I love the gauges and it drives pretty well. I still can't find a comfy driving position. But when compared with other features on other cars (I look because this will be traded in soon) you cant beat the aura for features, looks, and the drive. I think it just may be my car, im looking to upgrade to an XR aura soon if I like it...or else im going to a mazda 6 grand touring.
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Purchased a used car

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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Love, love, love my Saturn Aura

by from Michigan on February 17, 2011

Will NEVER understand GM's decision to drop this line. I've always driven union-built, American-made GM vehicles and have never had issue with any of them. I currently least my Saturn Auro XE and inte...
Will NEVER understand GM's decision to drop this line. I've always driven union-built, American-made GM vehicles and have never had issue with any of them. I currently least my Saturn Auro XE and intend to purchase it with a GM warranty at end of lease. Can't get as much vehicle for my money and know that it is a great ride!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does 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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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does 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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Saturn Aura XR

by from Midtown Detroit on April 16, 2012

My only issue with this car, and I have had it almost two months now, is that the ride is bumpy. I have the XR fully loaded that is the upgraded model but I feel like I'm riding in the rodeo. Of cours...
My only issue with this car, and I have had it almost two months now, is that the ride is bumpy. I have the XR fully loaded that is the upgraded model but I feel like I'm riding in the rodeo. Of course when the music is playing I don't notice it so much. By the way it has an excellent sound system, however that does not make up for a smooth ride.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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