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I have a 2001 Saturn SL1. When my husband when to drive it this morning, it would only go in reverse. He said shifting it is like dealing with a broken arm. It has 160k miles on it. Is it worth getting fixed?

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Depends on what is wrong. It may be a simple linkage problem, if thats the case, yes, if it is a tranny, or rebuild, then you may need to re-evaluate! Good Luck on your fix...or decision.

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When shifting automatic trans in reverse theres a hesitation


I think what you were saying is your reverse slams, and only when you give it gas.
You can try to do the reverse slam fix, which is easy to do:
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If it doesn't work, your valve body is probably bad, here is how to swap it, in case you are up for the challenge:
Swapping a valve body on a saturn TAAT trans.

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