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2001 Mitsubishi Galant Transmission problem?

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I was driving on RTE 95 doing the speed limit (65) and cruising along with no problem when all of a sudden the car lost it's power and basically felt like it was in neutral.

I coasted to the side of the road, engine still running, and tried moving through the gears.... All gears the same, engine would rev when hitting the gas but there was nothing happening. It was like all gears were neutral.

It's a GTZ version Galant with 133K miles.

This is the first issue I have had with this car... any advice????

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  • alex_takian May 23, 2009

    It's an automatic transmission

  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian May 11, 2010

    Is this a manual transmission or automatic?

  • Austin Dillon Jan 08, 2012

    The same thing happened to me on my '01 galant; it ended up being a pump or something in the transmission. It cost me a little over $800 to get it repaired.

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Could be a few things:

  1. Low on auto transmission fluid; this would cause you to lose a few of the forward gears (reverse is used less often so its the last gear to go Start the car and add fluid to the specified markings on the Auto Transmission dipstick
  2. Bad auto transmission fluid; Check the fluid, if its brown and gives off a burning smell, it needs changing along with the filter
  3. Bad transmisssion; if neither of the above are true, then it sounds like the clutches have burned out on the transmission or the transmission itself is bad; if 1 or 2 hasn't solved your issue the car needs to be diagnosed at a reputable transmission shop; Make sure they lay out all of your options and if you decide to have a major transmission repair done, the Kelly Blue Book value on a similar car similarlly equipted in exellent condition is about $6,800 retail
I hope this leads you in the right direction. Don't be afraid to post back with any questions. Best of luck.
Greg

Posted on May 23, 2009

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I am having the same problem. What was the problem with yours? Was it just the fluid? or did the transmission go out?

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

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Mine just did the same exact thing cruising at 75mph ... I took it to th tranny shop and he said the pump in the transmission blew and particles were everywhere in the transmission so it needed to be rebuilt ending cost... 2200$ :(

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Im having the same problem. But will move foward if I step the gas pedal super slow. Since its the family car, I had the fluid drained yesterday. There was ateast 8 quarts in the bin. It seemed thin as water and was dirty black. Had it changed with 4 quarts only. Also did the throttle body clean and gas tank clean and even vaccum clean with Sea Foam. It burned alot of the accumulated carbon but its still sluggish. Wont go past 30 unless I go super slow. Maybe its a Sensor. In my case, I think the Catalyctic converters areclogged. Need to get that checked too.

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