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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,903 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 182008


  • 56,726 miles


Service engine light came on; auto drove rough-problem getting up to speed, and when stopped felt like it was going to stall. Steering and turning makes a noise and feels like there is no power steering. The cost to reach the part in the center of the transmission is the same as replacing the transmission. I no longer drive my car, and the cost quoted to repair it was $3,400-which I don't have. The code was PO741.

- Pulaski, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 202005

Aurora 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,600 miles
The contact stated car has 57,000 miles on it. When she bought the car it had 37,000 miles on it. The contact had the emission air pump and the transmission control solenoid fixed when she bought the car. She was told those things should never go bad again. Now, the same two problems recurred. On 8-30-05 she had to have the emission air pump replaced. She took the vehicle to two dealerships. They told her that these problems should never have occurred, especially twice. On 9-20-05 she had to have the passenger rear tie-rod end replaced.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 132005

Aurora 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,123 miles
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 [xxx]. R eturned to dealership thirteen times regarding steering, suspension spring mounts, shock mount, wheel hub assemblies, steering column shaft replacements, rack and pinion steering gear replacement (four times) failures. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,013 miles


While driving 45 mph transmission failed. As a result, driver engaged the vehicle into third gear and coasted to the side of the road.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

May 032000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
Grinding noise in transmission and does not shift without jerking. ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis***761548

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 092001

Aurora 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,856 miles
Coolant leak has been serviced about six to seven times. My Aurora is currently in the round rock, Texas classic GM dealership for another try. Also, the car is being outfitted with a device which will take a picture of the engine /electronic systems to determine why the engine quits while driving. This has occurred about 5 times and I was almost involved in an accident entering a freeway when I lost all power. I have been asked to press an installed button the next time the engine stalls. I often get a hard shift when going from reverse to drive. About 20% of the time. Told this problem could not be duplicated by dealer.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 022001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All Aurora designed poorly, will not go into first gear when cup holder is extended!

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

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