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#122 of 403 '06 Vue transmission recall?
Jun 10, 2011 (10:34 am)
I have the 4-cylinder version of the 2006 Saturn Vue. For a few months now there has been a delay in reverse. I brought it into a transmission place, which told me it needs either a rebuild or new tranny. I was just told today that there is a recall on Saturn Vue transmissions that my car qualifies for, but I can't seem to find any information on it. Does anyone know about the recall that I'm talking about and if my Vue qualifies?
#123 of 403 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [jazzytrav]
Jun 10, 2011 (12:28 pm)
I apologize for your concerns. Can you please email me your VIN and I will look into recall information for you. I look forward to speaking with you! Have a great weekend!
GM Customer Service
#124 of 403 Just found out i need a new transmission.
Jun 13, 2011 (11:35 pm)
Hello one and all.
I have a 2005 Saturn Vue with less that 83,000 miles on it. I bought this car from a dealership as used on Janurary, 31st 2010, and yes the Carfax is clean on it. I started to have problems with it last week. I took it into the garage and was told that I need a brand new transmission, because the one I have is factory defective and will be $4000 to fix it. Also he mentioned that the guy that he gets his transmissions from sells 3-5 of these a week. Now correct me if I am wrong, but that sounds like a lot to me. It should be apparent that I do not feel like paying for this, if it is a problem with the make of it. Any suggestions on how to get ahold of GM to discuss it being replaced? Thank you all.
#125 of 403 Re: Just found out i need a new transmission. [luvlance0504]
Jun 18, 2011 (8:01 am)
There was a class-action suit filed several years ago, which Saturn lost. However, when GM took them over and filed bankruptcy, they weaseled out of having to pay for all of the costs of repair/replacement of the tranny. So, basically, we're screwed. I have an '03 with under 65,000 miles on it, and I'm holding my breath until next summer when I will buy a new car - definitely NOT GM.
#126 of 403 VTi Transmission Problems
Jun 22, 2011 (12:39 pm)
My situation is the same as many others who have posted. I purchased a 2003 Saturn Vue NEW. My Vue had 86,013 miles on it when we noticed that it was having trouble shifting gears. On May 31, 2001 on our way home on the highway it started making a loud screeching noise and would not go over 10 miles. When we took it in to have it serviced at the dealership we were told that the VTi transmission was out and that this was a common problem with this type of transmission. The only thing that Saturn offered was to pay half of the total amount of $6000.00 to have it repaired. We do not have $3000.00 for a car repair plus I am very leery about putting $3000.00 into my car. We contacted three other places to see about getting a transmission and were told that the VTi transmissions could not be rebuilt because they would malfunction again and again. This seemed to be a well known problem among the mechanics I contacted. A different transmission would have to be put in. We were also told that we could trade in the Saturn for $5000.00 but we would have to buy a new GM car. Why would I want to buy another GM vehicle when they show no accountability in the handling the defects for the Vti transmission? Saturn is currently in a lawsuit over the Vti transmissions. I was transferred to the legal dept when I contacted Saturn about the problem to a woman who was no help. Prior to this we had electrical problems with the BCM three years after we purchased it and had to have it replaced. The car would not start sometimes, the horn kept going off, the lights would flicker and unhooking the battery was only a temporary solution. Here are some resources below for those of you in the same situation. GM will not do anything that is not beneficial to them. They hike the price of the dealer repairing the transmission by 100% (about $6000.00) so that it will look like they are paying half. They also expect for you to invest more money in GM to buy a new vehicle before they give you the $5000.00 trade in value.
You can file complaints with:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Better Business Bureau
Post your problem for the VTi transmission on forum boards
Tweet and Facebook your experience on the GM pages
Write your local politicians
Congressmen, local officials and attorney general you can find your local officials at c-span. You may have to Google your state and attorney general separately to find out who that is.
Last but not least you can write the CEO of GM
Mr. Daniel Akerson
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48265
#127 of 403 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [gmcustsvc]
Jul 29, 2011 (5:16 pm)
I just purchased (2 weeks ago) a 2006 Saturn Vue V6 AWD.
Today it is acting very odd. It is revving up like it needs to switch to a different gear, it switches to a higher gear but is still revving horribly. So much so that when I am driving it with the radio blaring, I can hear the engine rev.
Please check to see if there is a recall on the V6's as well.
I am quite concerned considering I have had it only a couple of weeks.
#128 of 403 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [suzy13]
Jul 29, 2011 (6:58 pm)
The recall on the 06 transmission is to check/replace the torque converter if it is faulty - your symptoms do not necessarily point to that IMHO...before you panic, the Honda transmission in your Vue is really sensitive to clean fluid. Have your transmission fluid changed - be sure that they use the Honda specific "Z1" fluid. You may find that your problem will go away. Don't get it flushed, just have them drain it and replace what they have drained.
#129 of 403 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [suzy13]
Aug 01, 2011 (1:01 am)
Hello Suzanne & to all,
The recall on the V6 is to initally reprogram the PCM (reset shift points) to control vibrations or 'ju">link titletter' in the transmission in the 20-40 mph mark. If the reprogram does not work the torque converter is suspect (much as in my case but I'll get to that later). I think this recall came out in February of '11.
As 442 said DO displace your V6 Tranny fluid at least every 25K, with a Z1 Honda approved fluid (it will take about 4.5 to 4.8 qts per displacement & this will not change all the fluid as about half remains in the torque converter.
Rather than go on & on perhaps read this forum on other people (including myself) with similar issues.
For those that have experienced torque converter failures (3.5L)
Saturn would not aknowledge this problem while my vehicle was still under a powertrain warranty the following spring after I purchased it . The Tech that reprogrammed my PCM (Under Recall) was not happy with it & stated I should bring it back (The reprogram helped for about a day then went back to it's old habits). I returned it to the dealer a month later to find that the Tech that was familiar with it has left & the other techs could not find a problem in 2 weeks I left it (FYI no loner will be provided). The vehicle still has vibrations or shudders, & now has picked up a vibration around the 50-55 mph mark which isn't too bad but I believe it's related.
Bottom line if it doesn't throw a code, via the OBD at the dealership, you likely aren't going to get anything out of GM .. Since then the vehicle has pulled me into an intersection when the TC failed to unlock with moderate brake pressure, TC unlocked in the midst of a left hand turn into oncoming traffic leaving me without power momentarily (then 2 backjerking shifts).
I have had this vehicle for nearly 3 years, I purchased it in the winter so it was very hard to determine this untill the next spring (when I promptly complained to Saturn). The low end shifts (especially when cold) have been rough erratic & sometimes unpredictable like a person learning to drive with a clutch.
I had RPM ocillations (30-35mph) that went away with my first fluid displacement, as this is important I've displaced my fluid 4 times in the past 10K.
I'm glad to see at least some of you are sucessful, I did not get anywhere with GM on the 800 number on the recall notice. Unfortunately I don't think this vehicle will ever be right.
#130 of 403 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [suzy13]
Aug 01, 2011 (6:58 am)
I would be happy to see if your vehicle has a recall. Please email me your VIN.
You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#131 of 403 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [bismarck318]
Aug 01, 2011 (1:17 pm)
I apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your vehicle. Since you have spoken with GM Customer Assistance could you please email me your case number? I would like to look further into your situation.
Caron, GM Customer Service