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My 2003 Pontiac Wont go in reverse when u put it in reverse...What could the problem be and How much can I estimate spending to fix it

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This problem can be caused by two things low trany fluid or worn trany, warm engine and put car on level ground and check trany oil level, if the oil level is good then you may need a rebuild, this kinda job could run about $1,800.00 to $2,500.00 depending on where you live and what trany shop you go to. hope this is helpful.

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