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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,007 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Saturn SL transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 242003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,007 miles


Consumer noticed upon starting vehicle park paw would not shift out of park. Dealer has been contacted. This happened on four different occasions. Consumer had to rock the vehicle, restart, pump the brakes and giggle the lever before it would release. When changing gear a scrapping sound was heard and Saturn stated it would get worse. After four times, consumer had it replaced at a cost of $#144.09. Consumer noted Saturn would not work on his vehicle maybe because he filled a complaint for shabby work.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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