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I was driving my pontiac sunfire '96 home, and i went to change gears and my clutch wouldn't go into the next gear. I stopped, turned the car off, and then started again, and my clutch was basically "limp". i was rolling pretty much in neutrel and then kept trying to shift. it wouldn't go into any gear, and then finally went into 3rd, but it was the only gear it would go into. i started to go just in 3rd, and made the two blocks home, and then parked it- i called the auto place i bought it from, and they want money to fix it, problem is the last two cars they have sold me have transmission problems. could that be what is wrong??

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I believe you have clutch or cable problem.

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