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Got in my 2000 Saturn sl2 after going in to get my son. Got in the car started. Made a terrible bucking noise and hesitated to go in reverse but when it did it bucked the whole car and then on the way home bucked while shifting off and on. Never had one problem before. Does this mean I need a new transmission. Only have 66000 miles on it.

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  • jamesdifalco Aug 01, 2008

    Thanks James for taking the time to answer. First off let me tell you how fortunate I am that I have a shop that looked at my car and didn't charge me anything for letting me know it was the transmission. Then the recommended me to another great place called Barts Transmissions up the street.

    The problem was , this is exactly what he put on the ticket

    Replace lock nut on main shaft .....

    Remove side cover on transmission, replace self locking nton on main shaft. Nut came lose.

    It was $320.00. Now I don't know if that is a great deal or not but when I was thinking no matter what it was going to be anywhere from $700.00 to a rebuilt tranny, that sounded great to me. It only has 66,000 miles on it so I was just sick over it. But I wanted you to know in case this came along again. There was another post I read in here in the s series where some lady had the same exact problem and she said she had to buy a rebuilt tranny...just makes you wonder ya know.

    Thanks again



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I had a same problem for my 2001 Saturn SL2. I took it to dealer yesterday. They replaced valve body and cost about $1,000.

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This car is known to have a couple problems with the automatic transmission. One possibility is that the differential pin has come loose and his hitting on the inside of the transmission. This requires an overhaul, however it doesn't sound like your problem. This transmission is also known for having the valve body in the transmission wear out and cause erratic shifting. This could be your problem. It is still a fairly expensive repair, but does not require the transmission to be removed or overhauled. Hope this helps.

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