The New York Times reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has broadened its investigation into faulty transmissions used in the Saturn Aura. A total of nearly 89,000 vehicles are now being looked at, including 2007-2008 Auras and 2008 Saturn Aura Green Line hybrid models. Before the investigation's expansion, about 44,000 units from the 2007 model year were under scrutiny. Multiple crash incidents have been reported, and General Motors apparently says the problem is limited to four-speed automatic transmissions.

According to NHTSA, affected vehicles may not shift correctly, creating a mismatch between the gear selected and the shift lever. For instance, the transmission may stay in Drive, even when the gear lever is moved to the Park or Reverse position. This can lead to some potentially dangerous situations where a vehicle can roll or power away from an unsuspecting driver. The problem seems to be caused by deterioration of the shift cable jacket, which can even lead to a complete loss of shifting.


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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a shame, I like the Aura's looks...it has a nice...aura, to it.
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        @IBx27
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      sckid213
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone actually click through and read the article? GM is extending the powertrain warranties to 10 years/120k miles for these Aura owners. Not a bad deal for them, and not something GM would have likely done in the past.
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          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's just the shifter lever to transmission cable it seems. This varies from model to model, explaining why the same transaxle doesn't have this problem in other cars.
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        auto3
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well inst that typical I am just stating the facts here of course but you have to consider that GM really hasn't had any trans. issues like this often. They are actually very rare from what I have seen, however if you notice Toyota and other foreign cars alike have had these types of trans. issues and trans. issues in general and also you made no mention of ford who has the worst track record for transmission reliability I have extensive experience with various ford vehicles, ford Taurus, ford diesel vans and trucks, ford escorts, etc. Consider that before calling a company that has some of the highest rated power train reliability scores. Check the facts.
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      JohnnyOJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can GM use the bankruptcy card again? Like they did with the Impala's excessive tire wear issue. I assume that because this car was sold under the old GM, the new GM is not responsible for issuing the recall? I don't know how this works, but I have a feeling new GM will try to wipe its hands clean of this.
        Your Momma
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JohnnyOJ
        What year Impalas you speak of my friend? I have a 2004 with a 3.4L in it. 6 years and only 1 set of tires. Proper alignment will save your tires. VW Touareg had tire wear issues. Guess what? Alignments solved that.
          JohnnyOJ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Your Momma
          http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/22/gm-claims-not-responsible-for-impala-problems-from-before-bankru/
      buick67nnc
      • 3 Years Ago
      cars didn't have that problem when they had mechanical linkage to the trans, going computer control on everything is just asking for trouble
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will always drive a manual...
      stickshiftn69
      • 3 Years Ago
      @jhott66, hevace, and wobrown10: you 3 can definitly shut the fcuk up, we know how much you hate GM. it is so easy to hate on something when you listen to somebody elses opinion. obviously you are brainwashed by the masses and are way too stupid to make an opinion for yourself, sure, no company is perfect, and GM is no exception, every car company has thier shares of ups/downs problems and solutions. but if your just gonna keep hating on GM and saying on how much GM sucks, just get the F off this site, cause no one wants to hear your nonsense and negative garbage ill say it, i love GM and stand behind thier products, i wouldnt have spend 22k of my hard earned money on an impala if i didnt, trust me, i probably know 10 times more about GM cars than you 3 goons
      ffmikelosangeles
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buck is correct, mechanical linkage, solid metal, not cable did not have these problems. Its the same with computerized acceleration, mechanical did not have the problems like Toyota has with their secret computerized system.
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      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW! You mean GM is finally (forced into) taking responsibility for it's (in)action in pre-Bankruptcy state? Say it ain't so...
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