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#1 of 2458 Transmission Trauma?
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jan 19, 1999 (7:23 pm)
You've got that new, or new to you, vehicle and
the transmission needs to be rebuilt/replaced
already?? Here's the place to discuss the problems
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#2 of 2458 sam775
Jan 27, 1999 (5:43 pm)
Hello all. I have a 96 Neon with 25,400+ miles on it. It's the 3 speed (argh) auto and I have the base engine. Well, I serviced my transmission at 15k just as the owner's manual suggested. Now at 25K it appears I need service again (hesitation in shifting gears) 5k short of 30K the next suggested service. Does this seem unusual to anyone else besides me? I do mostly city driving. I've read how Chrysler vehicles tend to have transmission problems (which if I had known at the time I would have brought that Civic, Protege or Escort I was considering). Should this be a concern? I'm getting it done this weekend and if there is cause for concern I want the dealer to be aware of this problem in case something happens after the bumper to bumper warranty expires (7-99). I have an extended warranty, but if it's a known problem to Chrysler, I feel I shouldn't have to pay the $50 deductible in case my tranny goes snap, crackle & pop.
#3 of 2458 gus
Jan 28, 1999 (6:45 am)
Do not hesitate to mention this to your dealer. 30K is far too early for a transmission to be experiencing late-shift problems. How is your transmission oil?
#4 of 2458 mazzoc
Jan 28, 1999 (6:14 pm)
I have a 1984 VW Rabbit with an Auto trans. The car vibrates quite a bit when I shift into reverse at idle. The fluid looks good and the engine idles smoothly. There is no vibration in park or neutral. I had a Jetta with a newly rebuilt trans that did the same thing. Is there something I can do to eliminate or reduce the vibration?
Jan 28, 1999 (6:49 pm)
Dear Mazzoc....this doesn't sound transmission related, maybe motor or transmission mounts would be my guess. The early Rabbits are edgy cars to begin with, and the auto trans. setup isn't the very best design, so you may have to just live with certain things. But by all means, have the mounts checked--they crack or get eaten up by oil, etc.
Dear Sam....that Neon trans does not sound encouraging...another service might help, but it sounds like some of the valving is sticking or perhaps there is an internal leak. Sometimes all you can do is just wait and see.
#6 of 2458 jfbrice
Jan 29, 1999 (1:22 am)
I have a 1998 Dodge Datota 4wd extended cab,
v6 with transmission problems. Dealer wants to
fix instead of replace. I want a new transmission.
Dealer says No becuz the problem has to be 80%
bad. We feel we bought a new truck and also a new
tranmission. Doesn't that allow us to have a new
Jan 29, 1999 (6:48 am)
Dear jfbrice....very often, an automatic transmission malfunctions because of some little rinky-dink part, or maybe just an internal seal. Unless the trans has literally self-destructed in smoke and flame, there's no reason to have a new one...they can just break yours down and replace the malfunctioning parts. It's really more like asking to have the engine replaced because a hydraulic lifter is sticking.
If they fix the trans and it happens again, well, then you can start talking new maybe and it's possible they'll go along. But right now I doubt the factory would authorize a complete replacement.
#8 of 2458 gus
Jan 29, 1999 (6:50 am)
Not necessarily. The dealer, if it supplies a warranty transmission, has to send the old transmission into the factory for credit on the new one. If the factory finds that the transmission could've been fixed by the dealer, then the dealer won't get credit for the part (I believe this is how it works). You can see why the dealer is eager to fix, rather than replace the transmission. I think that if you go to get the transmission fixed (under warranty), and the problem recurs, you may have a better case for a new transmission.
#9 of 2458 gus
Jan 29, 1999 (6:51 am)
mr. s slipped in there!
Jan 29, 1999 (6:49 pm)
Well, gus, at least we said the same thing!