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2004 saturn vue redline v6 awd

Transmission sounds and feeels like it can't decide what gear it wants to be in when going between 25 and 45 mph. Before and after those speeds or under hard accelaration everything seems fine. What have you heard about this? This is the honda engine and trans.

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  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    2004 saturn seems to struggle to get into second gear



  • can14523 Dec 19, 2008

    I have similar issue, I can feel the car surge when I am holding steady or accelerating slowly.  If I watch the TAC I can see the RPMs surge then drop like say form 1200 to 1400 then drop back down to 1200.  Under hard acceleration this does not happen or cruising at hwy speeds.

  • balfour113 Jan 25, 2009

    Exact same problem. The rpm varies 200-300 rpm at 25-40 mph when not under a load..The dealer said "could not duplicate problem" Horse feathers!! I have noticed that the problem lessens when car is driven and gotten to upper operating temps i.e. 10 miles or so...

  • contrail Jan 29, 2009

    Same problem. At mid range speeds (25-40 MPH) the car often feels it wants to shift into too high a gear for the lug. Engine lugs and RPM surges up and down. Sometimes there is also a distinct shudder for a moment or two. Yet, just completed a 5000 mile roadtrip and at highway speeds it performed like a champ.

  • alexmercado1 Feb 15, 2009

    my problem with my 04 vue is when i come to a stop and then try to press on the gas it gets stuck it want to shu of on me but i keep pressing on the gas until it castches and go so can someone help me with this problem

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    I get a shudder and low "growl" at low speeds when accelerating after coasting to 25-35 mph. It acts as if it doesn't know what gear to shift into for a few seconds. My dealership said there is recall on the transmissions for certain models. I'm checking into it today!

  • macombsaturn Apr 27, 2009

    I started noticing the same issue about a year ago when the vehicle had about 100,000 miles on it. I notice it between 35 and 45 mph - a fluttering noise and slight vibration between what feels like 3rd and 4th gear. Once I get the vehicle up to 50 mph, no issues. I am now at about 135,000 mile, still have the issue, but it does not impact other performance. Has anyone gotten any information from a mechanic regarding what is going on and what can be done? I had the battery changed last week - first one since I bought the vehicle - but it hasn't impacted the flutter.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    the rough sound seem to be coming from under the hood

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I had the same problem, I changed the battery 3 days ago and now the car is runnig. I will tell you more after 1month....

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I had the same problem with my 2004 VUE 2wd. There were also some electrical issues like the turn signals randomly not working. I replaced the battery and now the tranny shifts smoothly and the acceleration is much improved. Also, no more electrical problems.

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