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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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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1998 Pontiac Sunfire transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 132002


  • miles


Problems have ranged from ets buttom light on, passanger window failure to close (3times), transmission (4 times), water leakage into the interior due convertible top, acceleration and\or decceleration driving dow hill, the first transmission problem was before the vehicle reached the 30,000 miles.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 082000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Major slipping in 2nd to 3rd gear, sluggesh in first gear. No warning.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 231999


  • miles
The coolant light has continuously flashed for the past few days. The vehichle was returned to dealership in order to fix. The manual states that coolant should only be replaced at 155,000 miles or every 5 years. This is the third incident, which leads me to believe that the vehicle has a major malfunction. The previous incident, the oil was in the coolant and the coolant was in the oil. I am in the process of discussing this situation with the military legal services about my options. My vehichle should be ready this afternoon if the problem is fixed.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998


  • miles
Transmission design allows for the vehicle to roll when releasing brake pedal on inclines. Transmission replaced for this problem and slipping out of gear, however continues to roll.

- Redlands, CA, USA

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