Question about 2002 Saturn Sl

1 Answer

2002 Saturn SL2 (Automatic) Transmission 70K miles

November 2008 out of no where my car started acting funny. There was no warning light no nothing. At 5000 RPM's it would start slipping
out of gear. I took it to the dealership and they informed me that I needed a new Valve body. They replaced that, and did a few other thing and that was that $2000.

then 2 weeks ago my service engine soon light came on. On my way to the dealership (1 day after the light came on....It turned its self off)
The dealership told me that they found a transmission error (P0789) but that they didnt want to get into that because it could be an old error. They also told me that my thermostat, and thermostat sensor were bad and charged me $336 to fix that.

Then last Thursday my service engine soon light came on again. The next morning I took it back to the dealership. A couple hours later they told me that my car now had 3 error codes (P0741, P0740, P0789) and that it was my Torque convertor. They told be it was going to cost $2000 to fix. I told they basically to F&*$ Off, and left with my car.

I then took it to Midas to get a second opinion. They informed me that it was the torque convertor and that they would not fix it. (but told me that is would cost me $350 to fix) The reason they would not fix it is cause they said it was just going to continue to happen cause a part of my transmission is bad, They suggested getting a re-built transmission for $1600.

I then left and was on my way to work when I got a call from the dealership stating that my car problem might have been caused by the work they did in November. They then told me to bring it back on Tuesday (because Monday was a holiday)

Brought my car in on Tuesday @ 7am. They gave me a rental car and I was on my way. I got a call yesterday (Thursday) that my car was ready to be picked up, but that they couldn't fix the problem cause my service engine light would not come on. She told me that they put 70 miles on my car trying to get the light to turn back on, but it didnt happen.

Im a little confused here..... Friday they knew what the problem was and they were willing to take $2000 from me to fix it. Now they are telling me that they cant, because they cant pin point the problem.

Now they are telling me to wait until the light comes on again to bring it back in.

Are they full of ****? Or do they just not want to fix my car? It seems to me that wether the light is on or off is shouldnt matter.

Any suggestions?

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,990 Answers

It should not matter and Yes you are Totally getting the Run Around! The only thing that IS True is that the Eletronic Transmissions like the one that you have are Very Prone to Problems But, They should have dealt with this Problem before and had it Fixed. They just Cleared the Trouble Codes Before Writing them Down and need for the Light to come back on to find the Codes again. But, Like I said before, They should know by the ACTIONS of the Tranny what the Problem was and How to fix it. This is my Professional Opinion, It will be fine until the Light Comes on again, If it does take it back and tell them that you want to speak to the General Manager for that Region. They will find the Problem and Repair it. I have seen it Before. MAKE THEM FIX IT. And do NOT Pay that Rediculous Price for the Repair. They should Prorate the Cost from the Money that you have already Paid them.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My Saturn ion will not shift from second to third.its a 4 speed automatic we have to pull the pan to put a soleid in there.

2004 saturn ion shifting problems - Forums > ... > Models > Saturn Ion > Ion Tech

Oct 23, 2010 - 6 posts - ‎4 authors
hi my gf has a saturn ion automatic with just over 95000 miles on it. ... drove it today and the car initailly shift into first gear but would not shift into second or ... Third, catalytic converters have plugged up in less than 95k miles on many cars. ... A bad transmission will send it into limo home mode, and display a ... 2001 L200 transmission - won't shift out of 2nd ...
9 posts
Jan 3, 2012
It's that time again - 1999 Saturn SL2 automatic shifting ...
16 posts
Nov 7, 2011
Will not shift out of first - Forums
20 posts
Dec 4, 2010
Won't Go Into Gear!!???? - Forums
3 posts
Feb 19, 2006
More results from

Transmission Shift Solenoid - YouTube

? 3:46
Jan 26, 2008 - Uploaded by ADPTraining
Modern transmission use a specific combination of shift solenoid ... hi everyone i just purchase a 2001 L200 ...

Nov 15, 2015 | Saturn Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

What do I do about my 2002 Saturn sl2 shifting hard

If you mean the automatic transmission is shifting hard. Then I ask, how long has it been since the transmission was serviced?

Feb 19, 2015 | Saturn Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Hi, I need to know when I need to change the transmission fluid in my car Mitsubishi Lancer 2008, automatic. My car has 41,000 km. Thank,Romy

The owners manual says nothing about ATF change intervals. The warranty manual says check it regularly. In the severe service section of the warranty manual it says for severe duty change it at 30,000 miles(48,000 kilometers). I would consider changing the ATF no later than 50,000 miles(80,000 kilometers). Mitsubishi cars use there own Diamond ATF SP III. If you do not change it by 60,000 to 70,000 miles (96,000 to 113,000 kilometers) the transmission may start to act funny when shifting. Regular changes will keep you from experiencing this problem. Be sure to use genuine Mitsubishi Diamond ATF SP III or a synthetic equivalent.

Sep 22, 2010 | 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS CVT Sedan

2 Answers

Just bought 2002 Saturn SL2. Immediately manual

sounds like someone might have "rolled" the mileage back and srewed all that up taking the instrument panel out. Possible seen it before.

Nov 08, 2009 | 2002 Saturn Sl

1 Answer

SL2 - Reverse Slam - Second Transmission

yes take it back if you are still under warranty.

Jun 12, 2009 | 2002 Saturn Sl

1 Answer

Service engine light 2002 saturn sl2 1.9 soc automatic

It could be any of the sensors. Take it to any auto parts store that runs the diagnostic computer on it for free and do that. More than likely it will be one of those sensors. I had a oldsmobile that i had them check and it ended up being the MAF sensor. there are many sensors connected with the service engine light.

Feb 25, 2009 | Saturn SL2 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1993 Saturn SL2 will not shift into highway gear

Saturn says and I quote

there transmission fluid is not to be changed after the first change at 6000 miles.

Now I say it should be changed at every 30000 miles. If changing out the fluid doesn't work then you need to go to a transmission repair shop.

Feb 19, 2009 | 1993 Saturn SL2

3 Answers

Red box shaped warning light-2002 saturn sl2

If the symbol looks like this:
10fb1f7.gif It means your coolant is low.

Jan 15, 2009 | 2002 Saturn Sl

2 Answers

Got in my 2000 Saturn sl2 after going in to get my son. Got in the car started. Made a terrible bucking noise and hesitated to go in reverse but when it did it bucked the whole car and then on the way home...

This car is known to have a couple problems with the automatic transmission. One possibility is that the differential pin has come loose and his hitting on the inside of the transmission. This requires an overhaul, however it doesn't sound like your problem. This transmission is also known for having the valve body in the transmission wear out and cause erratic shifting. This could be your problem. It is still a fairly expensive repair, but does not require the transmission to be removed or overhauled. Hope this helps.

Aug 01, 2008 | 1993 Saturn SL2

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

2,994 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Saturn Experts


Level 3 Expert

78237 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8836 Answers

Are you a Saturn Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides