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Transmission 4l60E
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LITCHFIELD PARK, ARIZONA -- -1998 GMC Sonoma purchased new in February 1999. From Yates Pontiac GMC

- Meticulously maintained.
- Driven as light duty commuter vehicle approximately 7,500 miles a year.
- Vehicle never off road, never towed, or hauled
- Transmission is the 4L60E.
- Complete Transmission failure at 59,000 miles.
- Cost $3100 for replacement.
- Mechanic said the springs in the transverse case fail purges fluid transmission cooks itself.
- Also read that there is a design flaw with the filter and the cooling lines.
- Service bulletin was issued by GMC 01-07-30-023B
- Dealer and GMC said service bulletin "doesn't matter"
- I notified GMC of the problem, my case was forwarded to the District Representative which was denied. I must pay in full.
- Dealership was no help.
- Standard answer is 3 years 36,000 miles. Sorry.
- Do your research before you buy a GM product.
- I strongly discourage the purchase of GM products.
- The 4L60E is clearly a defective transmission.

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grandma005 on 2007-03-14:
I own a GMC truck. I hope that I can get nine years of service out of it. It does not matter how many miles was on it, the bottom line is you got nine years of use. I think that you received your money's worth. $3100 is a fair price for nine years of use.
poppapia on 2007-03-15:
I disagree with JayD and grandma; a transmission not abused should last well over 100,000 miles, and most transmissions don't need to be serviced if used in normal conditions (per our local GM service manager). My 1997 Tahoe transmission failed at 97,000 miles, and it also had a service bulletin, but GM refused to assist in the repair. Thankfully our local GM dealership helped with the cost due to some of the problems they had seen.
Anonymous on 2007-03-15:
WOW POP! I can think of one service manager that needs to be further educated. Transmissions need to be serviced at either 30k or 60k depending on the use on all vehicles. Fluid contamination is the main reason why. Consumers and the industry have accepted mileage as a determining factor when evaluating vehicles which can be very misleading. An hour meter (which measures time that the auto is on) Is a much better indicator of life expectancy. Unfortunately I don't think the change from odometers to hour meters will ever be accepted by both the consumer or industry.
Anonymous on 2007-03-15:
The 4L60E transmission is notorious for a weak sun gear. The aftermarket has developed stronger sun gears and even a conversion kit to install a 4L65E transmission. Something you may want to consider if you have to replace the trans. Good Luck
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Faulty Torque Converter Lockup
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I just modified my Chevrolet Lumina transmission to prevent slippage of the lock-up torque converter. It seems that this feature fails on most 4T60E transmissions and other models also. It occurs when two regulating valves in the valve body simply wear out the valve body and do not sustain pressure to the torque converter. These valves vibrate as a normal function of trans. operation. The modification involves aftermarket valves and boring the valve cavities.

GM has known about this problem for some time and avoided the expensive repair to fix it. It can occur at 50K to 100K miles. I was prevented from obtaining a emission cert. for my car because the problem causes the "check engine" light to stay on. Even though the problem does not affect emissions, the light on will fail the car on the emission test.

While I am a loyal GM customer, they should have handled this problem or not connected the check engine light to the engine/trans. slippage.

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2003 Chevy Trailblazer Speedometer Not Working And Transmission Won't Shift
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I installed a new cluster and key switch my abs and brake light came on and the speedometer quit working. I have tried 3 new clusters and a vss sensor checked all wiring no broke wires.
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tnchuck100 on 2010-08-01:
This does not appear to be a valid complaint. Assuming you had the same problems each time the odds of 3 bad clusters is astronomical. It is far more likely you have sensor problems, wiring problems, or have simply overlooked something in the process. You really haven't provided enough information to obtain any real suggestions.

Replacing the cluster is a detailed operation. Based solely on the style of your written review you do not appear to be a detail-attentive person.

I would recommend you find a professional to do this installation.
NickL11354 on 2010-08-01:
The car is 7 years old. Usually after 5 years or worse after 100,000 miles is when repair costs on cars get astronomical. This is a 7 year GM car. Some Japanese brands may make it to 10 years or 100,000 miles but things failing like this unfortunately is completely normal because automakers have to keep getting people to buy a new car every 2-4 years
Helpful on 2010-08-01:
I agree completely with tnchuck100.
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Should I be charged so much?
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I have a 2004 Saturn Ion that needs a brand new transmission put in. The manager at the Saturn dealership says I'll only have to pay half, but I still don't believe that it's fair, I just had the transmission fluid flushed a little over a month ago also. This particular transmission is being recalled, and I say there should be a better deal than just half off!
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Skye on 2010-01-27:
Does the recall say you will get a brand new transmission? It's a six year old car, things happen.
PepperElf on 2010-01-27:
doesn't your warranty cover it?
redmx3racer on 2010-01-27:
1/2 off is a good deal for a 6 year old car. Take them up on soon before the dealership closes.
dan gordon on 2010-01-27:
even insurance would depreciate your transmission. You still got 6 yrs of use out of it.
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Customer Service Complaint re: 4L60E Trans
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ORANGE, CALIFORNIA -- My 2001 Silverado has been in for service issues regarding the transmission at 16378, 16654, 24613, and 34691 miles. Each time, I was told there were no problems. The transmission has made nothing but noises and slippage since then, and I resisted taking it to the dealer fearing they would tell me there was nothing wrong once again. I have carefully driven the truck another 30,000 miles, noisy and slipping, and now the transmission is completely non-functional. If the dealer had listened to me in the first place, I would not be in this situation. I now have a truck that has been in to the dealer several times for transmission complaints and nothing was ever resolved. My truck has had regular transmission services performed and only has 63,000 miles on it. Due to the Chevrolet dealers neglect, and proof that I have tried to resolve this matter within the original warranty terms and mileage, I am requesting that General Motors repair my vehicle at any certified GM dealership at no charge to me. I have a lease that is up in one year, and if I end up having to pay for the repairs on my truck, I will trade it in within the next 2 months for a new Ford truck. Please understand my concern and know that I have always been a loyal GM customer up to this point. I have done the right thing by trying to have my truck repaired in the past with dealers turning me away, and I feel that GM should do the right thing by repairing my vehicle since the transmission issues originated at 16,378 miles. Thank you for your review.
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andre on 2004-11-15:
my 2003 sierra does the same thing the transmission is sliping,it emmits a clonking sound between shifts and has a ticking cliking sound when shifted from reverse to to reverse. My truck has 39000km now and gm told me that they couldn't duplicate these problems and that they would no longer do any work on my truck. Stuck whit a lemon,not for long!
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hammbone76 on 2006-03-17:
The fact that you brought it in MULTIPLE times to have it fixed, and each time turned away, should be enough to have them fix it. If nothing was done, and you have the proof you brought it in each time for that problem, you SHOULD be able to do something about it. Definitely go to the BBB and your local attorney general to report both GM and ESPECIALLY the dealership.
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CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT -- Bought a new Chevy Avalanche... It's less than 1 year old. Transmission went. The Chevy Dealer in Cheshire CT has been working on it.. Seems that there are a few problems with the 2006 Transmissions.

The Dealer has been wonderful. They are working on it now. They handed me the keys to the Managers Chevy Avalanche. They couldn't do enough for me. They came and picked up the Truck 2 hours away.. on a flat bed. I'm sure it' going to be in the shop for a week.. but it's been a pleasure working with the dealer..
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Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Sounds like a great place with awesome customer service.
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transmission knock, and unknown noise
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VIRGINIA -- I have a 2003 chevy silverado ext. cab 4wd 5.3 litre engine and 4 speed transmission. I have less than 5000 miles on it and the transmission is making a knocking noise every time it changes from 2nd to 3rd gear on th upshift and downshift. it has been doing this almost ever since I purchased it and its progressively getting worse. sometimes it does it on the 1st to 2nd gear change now. I was told by Chevrolet rep. that this is a characteristic of truck and nothing to worry about. that is a totally unacceptable excuse. I also have a noise that occurs when driving around 40 miles per hour that no one can explain, it sounds like some kind of vibration. this is my first General Motors product and probably my last. no wonder people are buying foreign cars. with quality like this I don't blame them.
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Anonymous on 2004-01-03:
Here's an idea... go to the general manager and demand that these problems get fixed. Just because they are common problems doesn't mean you should have to settle for them. And here's another idea...stay away from car companies with questionable repuations when it comes to quaility, such as GM trucks. There's a reason foreign cars are so popular and it's not because we like supporting the Japanese!
Anonymous on 2004-01-03:
I know several people who drive Silverados and other Chevy trucks. I've never known a Silverado to cause any problems other than the ordinary. Sometimes you'll just get a "bad car" happens, but doesn't mean they are all problematic. Stop putting down General Motors; there are thousands of American families that GM has employed and has been very good to over the years. Of course, they try to make all their vehicles the absolute best; why wouldn't they? GM wants their customers to come back for their future car purchases also. Here's an idea: since it sounds like you just got a "bad truck", how about going back to the dealership, trade it in, and purchase another? That's about the only help they're going to give you, my friend. oh, and here's one more idea: Dodge Ram.
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Mack on 2004-09-08:
GM is making record profits. Why would they not take care of good customers who are spending big bucks on their products and repair these faulty products.
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Transmission on 2002 Conversion Van
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK -- Not even 2 years ago but 41,000 miles later, now just out of manufacturers 3year/36,000 mile warranty, the transmission on my 2002 Chevrolet Van went. Close to the tune of $3,200 for new rebuilt transmission, rental car expenses and great inconvenience, I am forced to pay for a repair that is unheard of at that mileage. Talking to manager and sales people of Basil Chevrolet, Buffalo, New York, nothing was done.
I have owned GM products all my life and have never encountered such an experience, yet come to know poor quality in manufacturing of a major drive train component. I'm looking for suggestions and any help one might have in dealing with this problem. Every vehicle I've ever owned has been well maintained and taken care of. The general maintenance on a transmission is not even scheduled at that mileage. Help!

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Anonymous on 2004-01-12:
I have had 2 Chevy vans, a 1999 and a 2000. Both pieces of $%*!. Don't ever buy a Chevy. We have spent literally thousands of dollars keeping the rolling garbage heaps going because chevy won't stand behind their product once they have your hard earned money. No more Chevys in our driveway - That's a guarantee!
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Transmission complaint.
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I own a 1997 GMC Jimmy (Blazer Type SUV). At 46K miles I had the transmission serviced at a local GM dealer. At 77k miles the transmission failed. This is indicative of extremely poor product durability. GM gave me the same old story "sorry Out of Warranty" (case number 1-186365XX). Even with proper maintenance GM's products fail. Anyone thinking of buying this type of vehicle from GM should seriously reconsider. I plan to purchase my next vehicle from a Japanese or European manufacturer.
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Anonymous on 2003-12-23:
I used to be a Chebby lover until I figured out they are crap. Now I drive Fords and I am happy. You don't need a jap car just get one BUILT FORD TOUGH.
Anonymous on 2003-12-23:
I am a technician at a nationaly known transmission shop. Our current inventory of "patients" includes two Ford trucks, a Toyota Corrolla, a Subaru, three or four Chrysler products, a BMW, and two Hondas. Oh, yes, two GM products as well, if you leave out the 1960 Caddy.The point? They ALL fail! And where would our economy be if they didn't?
Anonymous on 2003-12-31:
I bought a 1997 Chevy Blazer with 62000 miles on it and the Transmission failes at about 80000. It was hard shifting from 1st to 2nd at first and then out of nowhere the reverse went out, its skipped 2nd gear all together and would not go into 4th. The Solution was replacing the protection sun shell. but two years later the same problem has occurred and I am having the same part replace again this Friday. I do not drive my vehicle hard and it is primarily a family vehicle and is not used for towing. How is it that cars made back in the 50', 60's and 70's are still be driven around today with over 200000miles on them and they are not experiencing this problem? I think GM should have found a preminant fix for this problem and recalled them. According to one technician, the Sun Shield is the weakest part of the 1997 GMC and Chevy transmission. And this problem is not just isolated to the Jimmy or Blazer, it is also found in the Sierra 1500 and others. I think someone should do something about this at GM.
Anonymous on 2004-01-02:
My 1998 Chevy Blazer (52k miles) started clunking hard when shifting from 1st to 2nd. Less than 1 month after this started, the tranny died. Brought it to the Fairfield CT Chevy dealer who said it was the sunshell - new one: $3,000!!!! Mind you, I JUST finally paid the vehicle off a few months previously. The dealer recommended that I consider a NEW CAR because, "well, most likely you'll have to put a new rear end in soon and THAT will cost you $2,000" I was very upset that Fairfield Chevy was more interested in selling me a new car than fixing mine. I called the Cheverolet Assistance Center and was offered a $1,000 GM Loyalty Certificate. After I just finished telling GM that I wanted my car fixed NOT replaced, GM offers me a rebate on a new car! Unbelievable. I was further told that there was no one else to speak to at GM - this was their final position. And if I didn't like it, I should call the BBB. GM even offered to give me the BBB phone number.

I brought my car to Amaco - they fixed it for $2,000.

My next car will be one with at least a 7/70 or 10/100 warranty. It will NOT be a GM.
Anonymous on 2004-01-13:
I have had the same exact problem with my 2000 Blazer. Approximately the same mileage also. However, I have had to replace my trans twice b/c the company that fixed it the first time should have use a different shell.
Anonymous on 2004-01-13:
I have had the same exact problem with my 2000 Blazer. Approximately the same mileage also. However, I have had to replace my trans twice b/c the company that fixed it the first time should have use a different shell.
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