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VTI transmissions a piece of crap
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MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE -- I purchased a used 2003 Saturn Ion, 4 months after purchase the car broke down. I had it towed and found out it needed a new transmission ($4000.00- $5000.00 repair) immediately I started looking up information about the transmission in this vehicle. bottom line, GM started putting a new transmission ( VTI, Variable Transmission with Intelligence ) in the Saturn Vue (year 2002-2005) and the Saturn Ion (year 2003-2004). The transmissions would last for around 30,000 to 40,000 thousand miles before something in it would break. in my case, the metal belt exploded inside the trans and metal pieces went through the whole trans. I went to the dealership and talked to their service department manager, he gave the impression that I was wasting his time. He looked up a few websites on his computer and told me there was nothing he could do. I told him I already knew that this would be the second transmission that the car has had replaced, did I mention the car has 80,000 miles on it? he did not seemed surprised. I could tell he had obviously dealt with this problem before and had a stocked answer for customers so I ask if he could give me a number for GM Customer service he told me he couldn't give the number to me but that he would call them to see if there was anything he could do. his reason for not giving me the number to call(1-313-556-5000 GM corporate office headquarters) was that they would just call him. I guess he thinks that the GM dealership he works at is the only one in Tennessee. finally he told me he would call me by the end of the day to let me know what he found out. I never heard from him. If you are looking for a vehicle that the manufacturer is going to back no matter what problem you have I would suggest anything other than a GM product. We as tax payers paid billions to bail out GM and as a thank you we get to deal with liars like ( the service dept. manager )who sit in their offices and smirk and laugh at your situation, when all we want is for them to take care of their customers and stand behind their products. My husband has worked for GM for 25 years and we have been very loyal to them when it came to purchasing vehicles. I am sorry to say that will no longer be the case. (service manager guy) if you read this just know that as we come to your office one by one and get no help from you or the company that you represent, we also leave one by one and find another company that will stand behind their product and that does care about their customers. One day that will leave you out of a job! I would suggest that you take a long look in the mirror, when you get off your high horse, and consider actually helping those of us that need your help instead of giving a prompted answer that you have been spoon fed from GM. If you have one of the vehicles listed above or are looking at a used one you should look up CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER TRANSMISSION FAILURES IN Saturn Vue AND ION.
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BigAl on 09/09/2012:
A little research before you buy a used car is never a bad idea.
Tezrien on 09/09/2012:
Here is an article dated from 2008 about a class action lawsuit that GM settled over this exact thing.

Maybe you can call GM yourself and get somewhere. But it is a 9yo car that is out of warranty.

FoDaddy19 on 09/09/2012:
I really wouldn't expect them to do much for you with a 10 year old car with 80k miles on it.
Alain on 09/09/2012:
Many GM products never even make it to 80,000 miles.
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2006 Buick transmission going south
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I have a 2006 Buick Allure that has has a lot of problems, steering 3 times, leaking transmission cooler lines, and now at 94,000 kms the transmission is failing, just out of warranty, I have found service bulletins identifying this problem but will not get any help. My wife will soon be requiring a new vehicle and guess what it won't be a GM product.
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nanomarket on 03/17/2010:
I also own a Buick: a 2002 Park Avenue. Since the warranty expired at 50,000 miles I have averaged $1,200.00 / year in repairs e.g., front and rear engine seals, 2-wheel bearings, numerous electrical problems, 2 mass air flow sensors, intake manifold gasket, wiring, temp valve actuator, fuel pressure regulator, vacuum leaks, fuel pump, and fuel injectors. Currently, the car has been driven about 85,000 miles. If I had driven it more, the repair bill would probably been higher. My advice to you is get rid for your Buick while it still has some value. Otherwise, your repairs will run more than the car's depreciation.
buicklover on 03/18/2010:
Yes, I know what you mean, there are 45 service bullitins on the 2006 so far, a bunch of different problems, coolant leaks etc... the one incident was when I had the car in for the first six months inspection, I complained that the brakes were noisy, turns out that the front calipers seize on their mounting pins, they are supposed to float on these so both sides apply pressure to the rotors evenly, well I was told that this is a common problem and that it was going to cost 135$ per wheel to fix as it was not covered under warranty, this on asix month old car, medless to say all my non warranty work did not get done at the dealer. As far as being being worth less, well its already too late.
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2003 Saturn Vue Transmission Problems
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How did “The New” GM deal with the faulty transmission that they built for me and my wife’s 2003 Saturn Vue? They passed their problem onto “valued” customers.
First, know that there was a class action lawsuit against GM regarding these transmissions. GM came to terms with the law firm who was prosecuting the case, LakinChapman, and then declared bankruptcy right before it would have all been official.
Our transmission trouble started in February 2009; the car had 92,000 miles on it. This was during the class action lawsuit. GM paid for the entire repair of the transmission. It seemed they were taking responsibility for their poorly engineered vehicle. The warranty on the repaired transmission was 12 months/12,000 miles.
Fast forward to June 2010, the car was past the 12 months and past the 12,000 mile mark with 111,000 miles. I brought the car to Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet as they are authorized by GM to service Saturns (btw, I have no complaints about how Jimmie Johnson handled the situation from their end). I was told the next day that the part that failed was the same part of the transmission that failed and was “repaired” a little over a year ago.
Thus began a two week odyssey in which I was attempting to hold GM responsible their admittedly faulty transmission. Meanwhile the Saturn Vue sat at the Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, and GM passed the phone around until one week later it got to the “district specialist” who confirmed what the other GM people were saying: they would probably not do anything about this because the car had over 100,000 miles on it. Of course, when the car was supposedly repaired the first time it had 8,000 fewer miles than that, but that made no difference to GM. It then took the “specialist” one week to “explore her avenues” to “help me out.”
Now we have had only one car for two weeks. The “specialist” calls and reports that she thinks I’m going to be happy with GM’s offer. If you’ve read this far then you know that I was not happy with the offer which was to pay for half of the repairs (estimated at $2,500) of the transmission.
Why would I pay GM this amount of money (or any amount) to “fix” a transmission that has already proven to be unfixable? Proven unfixable through the physical evidence of my twice broken car and admitted to by GM in the class action suit.
This car was paid for in full to GM. We were the original owners, and all my wife and I ever bought were GM vehicles. GM has proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that they do not care about their customers. That they would rather squeeze their customers for more money to cover expenses for which they are responsible.
As I wrote in the beginning, GM will never get another cent from me. We bought a Honda Civic instead. Research tells me they are very well made.
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Alain on 08/18/2010:
I have a 1999 Honda Accord that has never had a major repair aside from routine maintenance. I believe you will be happy with your Civic.
BRR on 04/02/2014:
My 2009 4cyl Malibu engine light came on. Car stops moving in any gear. Extremely dangerous if you are on the interstate. Turn the engine off, wait start the engine and car drives another 1/2 to 1 mile. Repeat the processes. E-light stays on. Manage to get the car to the dealer. They are checking into it. Only 50600 miles . . BUT its beyond the time limitation.
Dealer said they will talk to GM to see what can be done.
Still waiting.
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Failed Transmission
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BETHEL, MAINE -- I purchased a NEW 2001 GMC Jimmy believing that I was getting a quality product, with hopefully, a decent trade-in value after the 5 year loan was finished. The vehicle, which has been serviced by GMC & Chevrolet dealerships has "lost" the transmission. My husband and I (both in our 50's) with NO children at home have been the only ones driving this vehicle. It has never towed anything. We noticed a clunking noise in the transmission shortly after we purchased it and returned to the dealership, Bill Dodge, in Westbrook, ME, to have it checked. We were told that there was nothing wrong with it. It has always been very slow to engage into reverse. On February 23, 2005, with 52,020 miles on the vehicle the transmission failed. It no longer would go into reverse. After numerous contacts with General Motors Customer Service (?????), and I use that title loosely, we were told that there was nothing they could do for us and made sure to apologize to us. I have asked only for reimubursement of the cost of the transmission replacement. At this point I am ready to sue General Motors. They should be ashamed of themselves for bilking the public by selling $30,000 vehicles and bragging about selling quality products and then not standing behind them when they fail. I'm pretty sure that they think that Linda Howe in Bethel, Me doesn't have a leg to stand on against the mighty GM company. This vehicle has also had both front end ball joints replaced, both wheel bearings and numerous emission issues. I would like to know how we, as consumers, can get satisfaction and reimbursement from a company like General Motors. It is apparent from the many complaints that I have read against General Motors and their vehicles that they use shoddy parts in their products and will not stand behind their products when they fail.
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arichef on 04/19/2005:
I think we have the same GM (guaranteed misery)transmission in our Chevy Venture. We bought it brand new in 2001 and never had a problem with it until last Friday, 15 April 2005. My transmission failed while I was driving at night on I-94 North (Dan Ryan Expressway into Chicago) among SEVERAL LANES OF TRAFFIC travelling at about 60mph. My factory warranty expired in Oct 2004, 5,407 miles ago; the car has 41,407 miles on it. I have never towed anything; and I have the engine and tires looked at every 5-6 months like clockwork. It had to be flatbedded 35 miles to the hotel (we had reserved for our one-night stay in the Chicago area). Next morning I am on the phone looking for a dealership to repair the van; the one nearby only takes vehicles by appointment and the guy on the phone doesn't sound thrilled aobut my problem. The service station in front of hotel can't help me but tells me there is a Chevy dealership around the corner, about one mile away. I attempt to drive the car in the hotel lot and it is not right, but drivable. I figure I am 400 miles from home with an iffy transmission, just spent $75 to flatbed it here the night before and decide to try to drive it to the Hoskins Chevrolet (Elk Grove Village dealership) around the corner; hoping if I have trouble, someone will this poor woman with her minivan. I make it there and the guys in service agree it's the tranny. Because of the low miles and that it's just out of warranty, they ask me if I called CHEV-USA and filed a claim; I begin that process on their phone. As it is Saturday, 16 April 2005, the transmission mechanics are not in until Monday. I authorize a $500 'teardown' to see what happened with the transmission. CHEV-USA rep talks to acting service manager about having mechanics look at vehicle and they will communicate and then later communicate with me whether Chevrolet will fulfill the claim. Hoskins dealership arranges a rental for me through Enterprise at $47 a day (I require another van, or SUV, for myself, my friend, our two boys, and the goods we drove up to Chicago to purchase) and I am on my way. Back home (3 hours south of Chicago) on Monday afternoon, the mechanic calls me and says, "an internal part failed and the pieces of it destroyed the entire tranny, it has to be replaced. It is too far gone for a rebuild" and quotes me an estimate of $3300. This is the first 'new' car I have ever owned; growing up I always had POS cars that were just as old (or older than me) and I just kept fixing things as they broke until they couldn't be fixed anymore. Having spent nearly $30,000 for this vehicle I was very surprised to have the tranny go at 41,407 miles considering the van doesn't tow anything and is well-maintained. I know that American cars have gone downhill these last 4 decades, but this is ridiculous!!!!! The van isn't even four years old yet (took delivery October 5th 2001)! CHEV-USA rep told me I would get a "callback" between the hours of 3-5pm today. No one called me back. This evening I called and they apologized for the rep not calling me back and told me she would be back in the office at 7:15am Tuesday morning (tomorrow) and that I should expect her to call me back on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, this afternoon my local State Farm insurance office re-imbursed me my towing expense of $75, but will not re-imburse me for the rental car expenses. They recommend I request Chevrolet to pay for my car rental expenses. The quote for $3300 is just an estimate and I can't even believe any of this has happened! If anyone has any advice on what to do about all this, please reply here; I will check for replies. Thank You!
alleycat on 07/22/2005:
I've had lower end cars all my adult like and I thought when I bought my 2001 Chevy Impala that I finally got what I've worked so hard for since 16 years old. When the transmission failed after 39000 miles (left me on the side of the road with my babies) I was devastated. Thank God I had it into the dealership 3 times for it stalling while in gear so I was on record. They "overhauled it" and it didn't cost me anything, however, it just didn't drive the same after that. So, silly me, I traded it for a beautiful 2002 Monte Carlo SS. Low and behold, at 56000 miles, the same signs are showing as did with my Impala. Once again, I'm in a position that I don't know what to do. This will set me back, financially, if I have to trade it in for another car. If I don't, and it quits on me, I will have to pay $3000 to get a new one installed. What's a person supposed to do? Is there anyone I can complain to that will do something for the consumer that was just trying her best to support her country and the American workers and buy American made?? Can anyone lead me in the right direction for hopefully some compensation?

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Repair - Warranty - Transmission
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ORANGE, CALIFORNIA -- 140,000 miles - THIRD transmission?????

We purchased a Chevrolet Cargo Express 2500 thinking it was a good vehicle with a great 100,000 mile power train warranty. We were wrong. The first transmission went out at 60,000 miles and the second at 70,000 - now we are in the process of getting a third installed for ($3,811.00) which does get another 100,000 mile warranty. Our problem is they didn't warranty the second transmission but said it falls under the first transmission warranty. Boo Chevy. When we called for assistance they strung us along for over a week before they told us they could offer us no assistance. This is a work van and it costs us money every day to have it in the shop. Please don't buy from General Motors as they do not stand behind their product and they also do not have good customer service. I would be surprised if the third transmission lasts for the entire warranty based on our past experience.

I expect to be in the shop again so we better trade it in before it gets to 50, miles. Won't ever buy GM again. Very disappointed with their product.
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I regrettably purchased a 1997 GMC sierra 4WD Z71 new. At 37,000 miles the transmission failed from a defective reaction drum. The extended warranty policy required the unit to be rebuilt. At 57,000 miles the unit failed again, and was again rebuilt at the same dealership. At 83,000 miles the unit failed again. By this time I am fed up with this truck and it's apparent unresolvable problem. The service manager then approved the installation of a NEW transmission from GM per the Lemon law. At 147,000 miles this unit failed. I have never abused my truck an any way that would have caused the demise of 4 transmissions. I had a rebuilt transmission from a well known and reputable company installed in the truck out of my pocket in the amount of $1800.00. There was an immediate problem with this unit also. When it shifted into overdrive it is like being rear ended, and did it every time it down shifted and shifted back into overdrive. The warranty replaced the transmission, to no avail. The unit that is in the truck now; #6, still does the same thing. The dealerships don't have a clue what is wrong with the vehicle. I have replaced every replaceable part that can be replaced, nothing helps. This 1997 GMC is an ornament that sits in my yard (LIKE A ROCK) that I cannot trust to get me to work every day. I depend on my 77 pinto for that. General Motors has lost the confidence of the American public. This truck was the first ever vehicle that I bought new, and I can give my guarantee that the next on I buy will not be a GM. I wouldn't own another GM product if it was free. The next new truck that I purchase will be a Ford, and you can take that to the bank. All of you GM owners out there that have the make and model truck that I have, and is still in good running order better count your blessings, because it's a ticking time bomb. (GMC, Got Mechanic Coming.)
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GenuineNerd on 01/23/2010:
Hopefully that one tranny didn't come from the "All Automatics Must Come Out" place. Try an independent transmission shop next time. Also, since the truck is 13 years old, I doubt it very much if GM will do anything about it. Or better yet, sell the truck as is, and buy a new F-150.
harley_marlin on 01/24/2010:
WOW! I don't know which transmission you are referring to as "that one" and "all automatics must come out?" that is ridiculous. And for your information I got #5 and #6 from an independent shop, They are both Jasper transmissions. What did you think I was going to do when the GM warranty ran out push it? I don't know about you but if I had the money to keep replacing a transmission every 30,000 miles out of my pocket, I probably could afford a truck payment what do you think? I am slamming General Motors for inferior quality, I don't need Billy Joe Bob to tell me that GM won't do anything about my truck! You think I don't Know that? And I wouldn't sell it outright anyway with a clear conscious. Who do you think would want to buy a LEMON? You? To sell it "as is" as you say, wouldn't make the down payment on a new Ford anyway. The truck will be parted out and sold in pieces, or crushed depending on my mood. I know the way to the Ford dealership. Thank you for your expertise.
grandma005 on 01/24/2010:
Don't be to angry with answers. When you post reviews on this website you have to expect answers that you don't like. I would not of put 6 transmissions in that truck. After the second one I would of sell it for what I could get for it. Sure you would of taken a loss but not as much as you have.
madconsumer on 01/24/2010:
I wonder if the transmission issues are any fault of the driver? is the vehicle driven with the overdrive turned off??
PepperElf on 01/24/2010:
mad good point.
I think I killed my transmission on one of my cars cos I drove it hard
thankfully it was under warranty tho.

these days on my current car I'm not so hard on it
GenuineNerd on 01/24/2010:
"All Automatics Must Come Out" is a nickname for AAMCO...A chain/franchise transmission repair company that has a lot of complaints posted here. I was guessing AAMCO when you mentioned "well known and reputable company". (Some AAMCO customers have been happy, though.) By selling it as is, I understand your don't want anyone else to be stuck with a truck with transmission problems...I've been burned too many times on bad used car purchases as well. Parting it out would be a better idea.
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Radiators & Transmission
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I own a 2003 Cadillac CTS which is currently inoperable. On Friday 6/12 my wife was returning from a walk in a park about 5 miles away. Upon returning she noticed that the car seemed to be having trouble going into gear. When I went outside to check I noticed fluid leaking from the car. I couldn't tell if it was antifreeze or transmission fluid. So, taking no chances I bought some transmission fluid and tried to put it and this is where my complaint starts. On my car and any CTS that does not have a manual transmission you can not add or check your transmission fluid it is a 'sealed' system. So I was told by the service department at Cadillac.

I took the car to the dealer for them to check and add transmission fluid if needed. After examining my vehicle the dealer found that a 'cooler over flow bottle' in the radiator had burst. The radiator is in a sealed system with... the transmission! So when this bottle burst it mixed antifreeze with transmission fluid. A water based product with an oil based product.

Since neither is compatible with the other, I need to replace all the hoses, the radiator, and the transmission for a bill of $12k!!!

This seems to me to be a serious problem in design. How can you have two things that are incompatible linked in a sealed system? Isn't that putting the owner at risk? I have been looking for help from GM or Cadillac but I haven't received any responses from them yet. My wife and I cannot afFord to buy a new car or repair this one. She is retired and I am unemployed. If they just offered to replace my car that would be wonderful but I'll probably morph into LeBron first!

Bob Carter, Jr.
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MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/18/2009:
Wow, I don't know anything about car mechanics but it would seem to me a radiator cooler overflow bottle bursting shouldn't damage a transmission.
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Transmission Failures, problems
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NEW HAMPSHIRE -- If you look down these lists of reviews... page after page, you will find at least 2-3 per page, reviews expressing despair over transmissions that are obviously faulty with the Chevy and GMC line of 4X4 trucks. I too, am in this class of people, who purchased a vehicle with visions of patriotism and hopes of reliability, only to find that we have been literally handed a car "bomb." My truck, and 2 of my friend's trucks all have the same dreaded transmission problem, and unfortunately, we who only get paid meagerly, get to pay heavily for a mistake/miscalculation/profit that GM was able to make and get away with by making a defective product year after year after year. All of these complaints, and such a small audience... what about the rest of the consumers that did not have the time/energy/money to come to this site to make their voice heard? Is it too late for my poor Jimmy? The truck I so love? Is it too late for ANY of these vehicles on these pages to at least receive a formal "I'm sorry" from the GM engineers who kept this tranny on the production line, or a "please let us help get you straight again? Thank you for buying our product year after year." Can I recoup any of my cost to repair her? Until then, I save, and save, and create a new sign for my Jimmy until I can get some help to fix it...

Cost to purchase new: $25,000+
Cost to replace/repair faulty Tranny: $2500
Cost to buy a running '97 Jimmy on eBay: $3000
Current Vehicle net worth: $500
Using my Jimmy as a gigantic lawn ornament on wheels: PRICELESS

Please take some of this as satire, but please also recognize that I LOVE the GM line. ALL of my vehicles are GM (I have 4), and this is the only problem that I have had with any of my vehicles that I do not classify as "normal wear and tear." I love this truck and want to see it running properly again. I need to know if there is any help available for this problem that seems to be VERY prevalent with the trannys in most of these trucks. Thank you!
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jraudio on 07/28/2007:
My goodness, where do I begin? You say this truck cost you $25K but now you can't come up with the money to pay a $2.5K repair bill which indicates to me that may be you couldn't afford said truck to begin with. You probably financed it for the longest term possible and now that it's a huge lawn ornament you're starting to think "Why did I pay 25K for this?". Buying a GM product was not your huge mistake. Buying a brand new vehicle when you obviously aren't rich was your real mistake. And just for the record, I only make about 30k per year so don't think I'm some rich guy telling you how to handle your money. Using your numbers and a couple of mine lets break this down real quick. Kelley Blue Book says that most new cars depreciate in value rapidly during the first 5 years. As much as 70% in some cases and 50% is very common. $25,000 - 50% = $12,500 If you had shopped around for a good 5 year old Jimmy or Blazer you wouldn't be in this mess now. Plus, once a vehicle has been on the road that long most of the problems are going to be either obvious or already fixed so you most likely wouldn't need a new transmission. Even if you did, you would have that $12.5K of savings I just showed you to work with. And finally, I have a 2000 Jimmy (4.3L / Auto / 4x4) and it has 291,052 miles on it. Never any major repair and still starts right up and drives fine. Let this be a lesson to everyone that reads this page. Buying a NEW vehicle is a bad idea unless you're just dirty rich and even then it still doesn't make good financial sense. Sam Walton drive a used pickup, don't forget that. And if you need some financial guidance, check out His plan helped me learn to live on 30k per year rather than complain about not having enough.
DAN AND CHERYL on 10/29/2007:
I've had 2 gm cars that I bought new and changed everything early both lost transmissions my 1997 gmc safari van at 38000 and my 2004 impala at 73000 both where never driven hard
Donbroso on 05/20/2009:
At the time in 1997 I gotten a new silverado on payments for 3.1/2 year about, well the tranny went bad just months ov having the vehicle replace by warranty but still had the transmission break downs. I paid off the truck and sold ot off I got a Nissan pick up had that in till 2000 when truck was totaled. March 2000 I decided to get another chevy, this time it was a s10 and it after 45,000 miles started to get tranny probles just as my silverado had done. Kicking when taking off. 1 gear to second, KICK!! 2nd to 3rd, KICK and overdrive would never engage gust high RPM and truck really did not move very quick, same with Silverado. Well kept the truck for 3 years and sold it the time I had the s10 truck while near its 60,000 mile coverage I had it into 3 chvy dealler in my area and they all could not find the trouble. I guess that's why they are not selling much to day all three deallers in this area are closed. I'm never going to buy a chevy again. I have a new Nissan that is 2004 with 178,000 miles(all my miles) trips to California and canada and knock on wood the transmissions is troubleless in the NISSAN truck. I also have a used 1993 Nissan Altima with 225,000 miles 4 cyl and no troubles with that car. Nissan must build to last or they just value their products buter than America built cars/trucks. Thank You for reading my comment its only my events and opinion on what I have written above and is not to be taken as offensive against any persons for the saidauto maker or against that automaker in statement but as information purposes only.
Bryan on 05/19/2011:
I too have a 1997 Chevy truck. It is a Silverado
Z71 extended cab. I am the second owner (uncle had it first) and am now looking at replacing the transmission a THIRD time with 144000 miles. The first time my uncle put a transmission in at 70k, I putthe second one in at 102k and now the transmission slips at 2000rpms and will not leave 2nd gear. I am in my fifties, have only towed a Bass Tracker aluminum boat (about 10 times), and there was no other towing done with this vehicle. No wonder Chevy went belly up and needed a bail out. They have taken advantage of their vehicle owners through expensive advertising and cheap parts on their vehicles. Service has been performed as equired and I just had Jiffy Lube drop the pan and flush the transmission. 2 months later, the transmission goes out. My truck looks like it did the day it came off of the lot
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2002 Trailblazer Bad Transmission
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I own a 2002 Trailblazer that is now getting the 3rd transmission installed, the first failed at 48,000 miles, the second at 134,000 miles and it the third will be the last. When I contacted GM about this problem, I was told: "at some point the customer has to take responsibility for their own vehicle, GM will not be assisting you at all".

After this repair is completed at $3000 I will be driving this vehicle to the Honda Dealer for a trade in. I have had enough of GM and the US (HA HA) made vehicles.
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getoverit on 03/08/2011:
The warranty on a Honda CR-V is 3 years/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper and 5 years/60,000 mile powertrain. After that, I suspect that Honda will tell you the same thing GM did.

Whatever you buy, you're taking a risk. Is it worth it with Honda? maybe so.

trmn8r on 03/08/2011:
The previous poster has a point. There have been complaints about certain parts of the CRV that Honda has not covered. For example, the air conditioner condenser is placed in a manner that it is very susceptible to road debris damage. One owner reported a failure after two weeks of ownership (brand new car) that Honda resisted covering. Good luck, whatever you do.
redmx3racer on 03/09/2011:
As someone who has worked in the auto business for 10 years I will tell you they all break, no matter what badge is on the front. Honda, for example, had bad trannys in their Odyssey vans. Toyotas are known for junk water pumps. Subarus have headgasket issues. And the list goes on. One thing to note is 02 was the first year for the trailblazer. As they say, buying a model the first year it is out can be more troublsome than buying one after they have been out a few years.
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Chevy Transmission Gone Bad
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ALBANY, OREGON -- I had a 1996 Chevy Silverado 1500 that the transmission went out with only 39000 miles of course warranty was out and GM would not cover the repair. I now have a 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 with only 65000 miles on it and of course extended warranty is out but it is in the shop right now getting rebuilt because the sunshell shattered. This is the 2nd new Chevy that I have bought that the trans went out-- there will not be a 3rd.

I believe there needs to be a recall on this product. It is very costly to keep rebuilding transmissions.

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Anonymous on 05/23/2008:
I'm no expert. But, is it likely that GM used the identical transmission on two vehicles built 10 years apart? Other things need to be considered too. Does the OP tow trailers or haul heavy loads regularly? Blowing two transmissions with less than 100K miles on them should be a rare occurrence.
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