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#324 of 403 Re: 05 saturn vue is going to be layed to rest! [acurless]
Jul 11, 2012 (8:19 am)
I understand that the mileage was at 87,000 (sounds like you're around 107,000 now, right?) when the transmission was replaced - do you know the approximate date?
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#325 of 403 Another transmission issue
Jul 16, 2012 (9:23 am)
I have a 2004 Saturn Vue AWD with 106k miles on it. I bought it used 4 months ago. I just finshed spending almost $1000 on the 100,000 mile check up and took it in because I had a check engine light and the transmission was not locking into direct drive when going down the highway. It would continuously be locking and unlocking and so the RPM's were always moving up and down a few hundred RPM's.
So the GM dealer says I need a torque converter and it will cost $2000. Should I do it, or am I just going to be replacing the transmission later on anyway. And should I do the rear seal as well?
Or should I bail on this car and find something else?
#326 of 403 Re: Another transmission issue [suban]
Jul 16, 2012 (6:36 pm)
Hey sorry to see this but hate to say in all caps BAIL!!!! go as fast as you can to get out of this vehicle!!! I love mine but still sitting in my garage until we order the torque convertor. After the fact we have had it to two shops had the transmission flushed and then my husband took it apart and replaced the clutches and pistons and did the pressure points.... NO one wants to work on them... You can not get any NEW parts all has to be from a junk yard or off computer or Pay outstanding amounts to the GM dealers. If and when we get our 05 vue awd with only 107,000 to run again, we are gonna drive it in for a trade in. As of now our third vehicle is a 01 Hyundai accent! 5 speed! with a 189,000 and is still running on original clutch!!!!IF you can another alternative my husband has thought of was to swap out the engine and the transmission to a 5 speed?? Just a thought to you... Best of luck!
#328 of 403 2004 Ion 2 Coupe
Aug 11, 2012 (9:20 pm)
This message is intended for Sarah at Customer Service. After canvassing many forums, I see that you are responding to inquiries regarding problems with particular cars. I have a Saturn Ion 2 (2004) and am on the cusp of needing a third transmission, the second transmission being installed in early 2010. It finally reached it's last leg yesterday, and now decisions have to be made; decisions that will be based upon available options. Original owner. The replacement was installed by warranty and paid labor only, which has been better than most stories. Regardless of that time, what options do I have here? The car is in great shape, runs great (sans a non-working transmission), and am not in a position to scrap it or drop the necessary $2500-$4000 that may be required by most dealer shops, if they will work on it at all. Is the trade-in option still valid? How about the percentage of paid costs for repairs? Obviously, thousands have had similar experiences, and while I struggle with the idea of having a third transmission installed on a single car with no other deficiencies, I would like to know if you can provide information that can be useful to ascertain what can/should be done to rectify the problem. And as this problem persists beyond replacement for most, until death of the car or by giving up from lack of continuous funding, I would quite interested in the trade in option. If requested, I can provide my email (or yours) so we can be more detailed about correcting this in a timely manner...i.e. 7-10 days. Thanks for your help
#329 of 403 Re: 2004 Ion 2 Coupe [jbuzzell]
Aug 13, 2012 (2:21 pm)
Good evening jbuzzell,
We would be happy to look into this transmission matter with you. Please send the following information to us at socialmediagm.com: your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 digits of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership. My coworker Christina, who answers inbound emails from the forum, will assist you further.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#330 of 403 Re: Another transmission issue [suban]
Aug 25, 2012 (1:44 pm)
the transmission was not locking into direct drive when going down the highway. It would continuously be locking and unlocking and so the RPM's were always moving up and down a few hundred RPM's.
So the GM dealer says I need a torque converter and it will cost $2000.
This is strange, mine was doing this while in warranty, the dealership was in total denial of any problem & claimed the transmission is 'busy' & is always gearhunting... & the RPM fluxuations are a sign of this & 'normal'... Charged me diagnostic fees which aren't cheap... gee, you think I was duped?
Wonder what they would say now that it is totally out of warranty?
Aug 25, 2012 (2:40 pm)
So has anyone replaced the transmission in the Vue with a transmission from another Saturn Vue that doesn't have the crappy transmission or a completely different transmission from another vehicle? Is something like this even possible?
My Vue took a turn for the worse in April and after going the rounds with a GM dealer who didn't do jack to help me I purchased a new car (a Hyundai...they are awesome btw) and have just been using the Vue for local stuff to make it hang on a little longer. The noises are getting louder and and I think that it will leave someone stranded someday soon. The body of the Vue is in good shape and seems fine other than the transmission and I would like to keep it if I could fix it for a reasonable amount of money.
#333 of 403 2005 VUE
Sep 09, 2012 (9:00 am)
I contacted GM last xmas and was told I could take it in to a local GM dealer to have it diagnosed at their cost. i didn't feel comfortable driving it so it sat. But what do you do at that point when they say the diagnosis is a huge $$ fix cost. They have your transmission taken apart by that time and will they put it back together to be more broken than you started with? It's been a while since I checked and my memory isn't great but I think my Saturn has under $40K. It's been sitting on my driveway for 9 months now and counting because I am not comfortable starting out in 2nd gear, and not knowing when another gear is going to stop working.