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2006 Malibu Maxx SS transmission /engine issue

Last month I was at a stop and the car would not move forward when I was in automatic and pressed on the gas. I limped the car home in manual 3rd gear worked but could not come to a stop since first would not work. Took it to the dealership 3weeks and 4K later my new transmission is now bolting forward when I put the car in drive and press on the gas. Returned to the dealership and they tell me its the 5th and 6th cylinder and I need a new engine. The car drives pretty good the rest of the time which makes me question that I need a new engine. I have 50K on the car. two sets of tires, two sets of brakes and the leather seats have splits in them and I dont have backseat passengers that ride back there.

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  • deadmaxx Mar 12, 2009

    Thanks Josh for the bitter sweet confirmation. A lesson learned that I will not purchase american ever again. And that I cannot trust a GM dealership not to send me to the poor house. This car has almost landed me in divorce since I live with Mr. Chevrolet ...Nascar, left turn sunday guy from mid west. I'm headed to KIA to purchase the new SOUL with 0%, great customer service, awesome warranty, 100K miles on their powertrain, I used to own a festiva back in the 90's and it was built by KIA - loved it the best car I have ever owned out of 15. Then I will bury the MAXX in the front yard, front end first and paint it like a tombstone.

  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    dang american cars! well all i can say is does it have a high idle, talk about a lemon.

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    tony davenport Aug 27, 2014

    first of all, american cars are the best in the world!!!! if you hate america/american products so much, stop buying them an move to asia or europe!!! foreign cars are only good for fuel economy and high maintenance.the kia soul is a girl's car and i guarantee it'll be one of the biggest pieces of **** on the road when it gets some age on it!!!.....good luck!!!



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Good afternoon and welcome to fixya
all right first of you you need to go and get a second opinion from another shop, i can tell you that you do not need another engine, sounds like a solenoid on the transmissionis not getting the proper pressure, these transmissions are very sensitive to fluid changes and pressures. i would take the vehicle to a well known transmission shop and not tell them that the dealership said you need a new engine. just tell them the problem your having and let them know that that is a new transmission, could just be fluid is a little low. good luck and let me know the outcome and ill try to help you more.

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