2000 Saturn's I own 2 low Miles and Transmission Problems

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by dustin, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. dustin

    dustin Guest

    In my family we own 2 Saturn Cars.
    One we bought new in 2000 Saturn Wagon V6 Automatic.
    One I bought in 2002 , it is a 4 cyl 2000 LS Coupe.

    About 10 months ago the 2000 Coupe had major transmission problems
    with only 19,000 miles. thankfully it was under warranty and repaired
    with a new transmission.

    Now my 2nd car with 40,0000 miles went into the Saturn shop because
    the service engine light kept flickering on and off. My local dealer
    just called saying their is shards of metal in the transmission fluid.
    This car is NOT under warranty.

    Is this just my bad luck to have 2 Saturns with low miles both having
    transmission problems?

    This is going to cost several thousands of dollars to repair.

    dustin, Dec 2, 2003
  2. Bad luck or driving habits. It's not a Chrysler, it's a GM, the tranny
    should last a heck of a long time. Do you use the parking brake? Do
    you set it before shifting into park? Are you SURE you're completely
    stopped before shifting from Drive to Reverse (or vice versa)? Do you
    have teenagers? :) Do you go for 'tire chirping shifts'? Do you tow?
    Hot weather? Hot weather and tow? Do you tow it?

    Lots of things affect tranny life, but they generaly last long - we've
    gotten over 150,000 miles on automatics at our house...
    Philip Nasadowski, Dec 3, 2003
  3. We had a torqueflight auto-box (spell?) in a Plymouth Fury - talk about
    bullet proof. Of course that was when Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge was an
    American Co. (wink)
    Jonnie Santos, Dec 3, 2003
  4. dustin

    Dan Hicks Guest

    Well, don't talk to ca 1990 Chrysler minivan owners about "bullet
    proof" Chrysler transmissions. For about 5 years there just aobut
    every automatic off the line had problems within the first 50K.
    Dan Hicks, Dec 3, 2003
  5. Weird, I've heard two things about those:

    * They never die.
    * They die young.

    People either swaer by them or swear at them, I know nobody who says
    'well, it was a transmission but nothing special'. They did have a few
    weird habits (not filling the converter in Park...)
    Philip Nasadowski, Dec 3, 2003
  6. dustin

    dustin Guest

    Wow I was expecting a little bit more of a supportive answer from this
    group , instead you point the finger at me as the reason.

    To answer the questions:

    My wife and I are the only drivers of the cars.
    We do not "chirp" the tires or drive the cars like maniacs.
    I do not use the parking brake.
    I drive the car conseratively and we take care of the cars.
    I do wait for the car to come to a stop before shifting from reverse
    to drive
    No I do not TOW anything with the car.

    I do not think my wife or my driving habits have anything to do with

    We own the 2 cars outright and take care of them because we would like
    them to last and we do not want car payments.

    The car that I drive was bought used and I did not even put 8000 miles
    on it before the transmission went. So the previous driver may of
    beaten on it. The car looked brand new when I bought it from the
    dealer. It was covered under warranty.

    My wife's car was bought new in 2000 and she has never had a problem
    with her driving habits in the past. She owned a Honda Accord and put
    140,000 miles on it and never had a tranny problem. With the New
    Saturn the tranny went at 40,000 miles.

    I guess if there is any possible good news to this story, Saturn has
    decided to cover the cost of the parts and we have to pay the labor.
    So the repair will cost about 1900.00 instead of about 4000.00

    IMO a car with 40,000 miles should not have this type of problem.
    dustin, Dec 4, 2003
  7. They've been flakey ever since the Ultradrive came out, period. They're
    still flakey. Chrysler's been going in circles with that transmission,
    it's a dud, period. Oh yes, and running Dexron in them is supposedly

    As an amusing aside - A realative of mine just got a Caravan (used) a
    few months ago, I joked to them "How many transmissions has it burnt up
    already?". Lo and behold, the tranny died the day after they got it.
    My friend just had his rebuilt again, too.
    Philip Nasadowski, Dec 5, 2003
  8. dustin

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    *Some* small metal filings is normal. A lot or chunky ones isn't normal.
    Did you have the ATF changed at 36000? (That's the recommendation for my
    '92 SL1, I don't know what it is on a 2000).

    Does the 2000 have the "Shift to D2" light? Did you get the code number
    from the ECM?

    Tim Shoppa, Dec 5, 2003
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