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#127 of 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [gmcustsvc]
Jul 29, 2011 (4:16 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 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [suzy13]
Jul 29, 2011 (5:58 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 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [suzy13]
Aug 01, 2011 (12:01 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 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [suzy13]
Aug 01, 2011 (5:58 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 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [bismarck318]
Aug 01, 2011 (12:17 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
#132 of 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [gmcustsvc]
Aug 01, 2011 (2:58 pm)
Thank you Caron.
I emialed directly to 'socialmediagm.com'
#133 of 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [442dude]
Aug 01, 2011 (3:02 pm)
Thank you for the info.
I will try that.
I am just in panic mode. Have the dealer limited warranty for 60 days, after that, this single mommy is all on her own and cannot afford to replace anything drastic.
#134 of 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [bismarck318]
Aug 01, 2011 (3:03 pm)
Thank you for the information!!
#135 of 431 Re: '06 Vue transmission recall? [jazzytrav]
Aug 06, 2011 (4:34 am)
Hi there, I dont know if you already figured out your problem but....I actually just bought 2006 V6 Vue & I went through the same vibration at around 13-1500 rpm. I too took it to one GM dealer to have the update done, it helped only for a day & then back to the vibration. I ended up taking it to a different GM dealer & they took it for a ride & said " it's the torque convertor " so simple right? Not, I've been driving myself crazy with this issue! they ordered the part I brought it in & in two days it was fixed. So I guess my best advice is to find a GM dealer that works on Sarurns. Hope this helps.
#136 of 431 2006 Saturn Vue Transmission Problems, Again
Aug 09, 2011 (3:42 am)
I bought my 2006' Saturn Vue late 2006. At 32k miles I took it to the dealer for a pronounced shudder around 20-40 MPH after lightly accelerating from a stop. They couldn't duplicate so my complaint was documented. I returned to the dealer around 33k miles and complained again, same symptoms. This time they were able to duplicate while driving the car so they replaced the torque converter under warranty, gave me a 12 month/12k mile warranty on the repair, and sent me on my way. Well, now at 65k miles (no longer under warranty) I'm experiencing the same symptoms again. Called the GM 800# and found there is an active recall for powertrain control module.
My question is, if its the torque again, am I going to have to foot the bill for the repair? Any advice for working with GM to get this resolved? I have all my paperwork from the torque converter ordeal.