Saturn Aura 2005-2012 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the 2005 and 2012 Pontiac Saturn Aura.
ADD DUPLICATE KEY (Requires at least one working key):
1. Verify that the new key has “PK3” or “+” stamped on it.
2. Insert the original, already programmed key into the ignition lock cylinder and start the engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer for service.
3. After the engine has started, turn the key to LOCK/OFF and remove the key.
4. Insert the key to be programmed and turn it to ON/RUN within 10 seconds of removing the previous key. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent that the security light went on due to how quickly the key is programmed. (If your vehicle does not have a security light (04-07 Grand Prix, Bonneville, Impala), wait 10 minutes 45 seconds to make sure the key has been programmed).
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 if additional keys are to be programmed.
About Saturn Aura
The date was September 21, 2012. General Motors recalled 473,841 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura vehicles equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions from 2007 to 2010. The issue is a condition that can cause cars to roll when in park. The recall affects 426,240 people in the United States, 40,029 people in Canada, and 7,572 people in other countries.
The Aura was generally well received. The Aura has been described as GM’s best-looking sedan in a long time. The Aura’s performance was also lauded. The Aura has been dubbed “the best Saturn yet,” with fit and finish and ride quality far superior to previous Saturns. Other enhancements include reduced road noise, which can be attributed to the fact that this model does not use polymer body panels like its predecessors, as well as the extensive soundproofing added by GM, and the triple-pane front windows and windshield. The Aura was also praised for its value, as it was noted that an Aura XE loaded with certain options cost less than the standard MSRP of the Toyota Camry with a V6 at the time. In a Car and Driver comparison test, the Aura finished fourth out of six vehicles, ahead of the Chrysler Sebring and the Toyota Camry, but behind the Honda Accord. Despite this, it was the most efficient of the vehicles tested. The Aura was also praised for its interior craftsmanship and European flair. Consumer Guide also gave the Aura a positive review, naming it a recommended pick. It also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from actual vehicle owners.
Despite this, the Aura has a few flaws. The interior of the Aura has been chastised for its use of low-cost materials. Also, the steering wheel has been criticized for being too large for some drivers, and rear headroom was limited when the optional sunroof was installed. The Aura was also chastised for being noisy over bumps, lacking a rear armrest and head restraints, and the fact that the steering wheel’s push button controls cannot be used while holding the wheel. According to Automobile magazine’s Robert Cumberford, the Aura is a good car that has been watered down by GM’s cost-cutting department.
The Aura was named North American Car of the Year in 2007. As a result, Saturn sent a copy of the award to a limited number of customers who purchased an Aura before it was awarded. The Aura was also named 2007 car of the year by Canadian Motoring Television, Motorweek’s Driver’s Choice for best new midsize sedan, and World of Wheels’ Editor’s Choice for best family sedan.