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I have a '04 saturn vue,recently had new shifter cables installed because of hard shifter movement.Then the the began poping out of 1st gear about 30% of the time.Returned to the dealership,without even looking at the car they said it needed a new transmission,for about $3600,am I being rooked or what?

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If this was the same shop return and as them to recheck the installation and adjustment before replacing the transaxle.

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