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I have a 2001 kia sephia with 19,000 miles. I was having a problem that when it got warm, I would put it in reverse, and it wouldn't catch right away. It has been doing this for a couple of years. All other gears are fine and have never had a problem with them. I took it to a dealer in Milwaukee, he checked it over,I don't think very closely, and said I needed the tranny rebuilt to the tune of 1850 bucks. Any other ideas? Other than this the car runs like a top

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  • sibonogle Dec 31, 2010

    already changed tranny fluid. do not accept this answer. will not pay

  • sibonogle Dec 31, 2010

    should this happen on a car with only 19,000 miles on it, and don't you think kia should take on part of the burden

  • sibonogle Dec 31, 2010

    I bought it second hand and they said the 100,000 warranty is not transferrable. What a crock

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There are a series of shift solenoids located inside the transmission, and one of these solenoids is either weak or defective. The problem with an issue like this is getting to the solenoids inside the transmission, and because it is so labor intensive, repair shops just tend to replace the transmission as one unit due to the time involved in just replacing the solenoid. In most instances, it is cheaper to replace the trans than to disassemble the trans due to the time and labor to disassemble the transmission. Special tools and the TIME INVOLVED is a real issue for cost and repair. $1850 seems like it is a very reasonable cost to be honest with you. Have they tried to connect a diagnostic code reader to the vehicle to read for any stored trouble codes? If so, do you know what the codes were?

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  • GetMeOttaHere Dec 31, 2010

    I agree with only 19,000 miles on a 2001 vehicle, this problem should not occur. I have heard of success stories about consumers contacting the manufacture for compensation. At this point, although the vehicle is almost 10 yrs old, they may not back up there product. It will not hurt to try, and at the same time you can provide feedback for them to digest.

  • GetMeOttaHere Dec 31, 2010

    Sorry to hear this.

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CHANGE FLUID AND ADD LUCAS TRANSMISSION TREATMENT.











TIM

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    timothy hester Dec 31, 2010

    yes if it's under warranty the car desp you have is a 01,that's 9yrs old doesn't matter how many miles.but I would guess you need to have it overhauled,I would recommend looking for any tsb's on that year of transmission.







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