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2001 Saturn loose stick

When downshifting this moring after driving several miles with no issue, the manual shifter stick suddenly began acting like a drunken sot and wobbled about without ryhme nor reason. I would futilely wrench the knob about until it found purchase in 5th gear. I was able to make it home(11 miles) by slowly releasing clutch and with the car sputtering and jerking until reaching 30 miles plus before evening out. As of this writing, I am continuing to drive car in this condition, which seems to not be a very good thing (I have not been in a situation where the reverse gear is needed as yet). Has anyone experienced this? What are options; cost for part and if I can repair myself (I am about as far from a seasoned mechanic as you can get when it comes to anything other oil change, air filter, etc).

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The linkage that connects the shifter to the car's transmission has worked its way loose -- DO NOT attempt to repair this yourself, but take the car to your Saturn dealer. This repair whould be simple for any factory-certified Saturn mechanic, and should not be expensive. Get this done NOW, before you permanently damage or break the linkage, or lose parts (inside the transmission housing!).

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