NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,283 miles

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2004 Pontiac GTO transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 182009

GTO 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


My problem was with the 6 speed manual transmission which would cause a grinding sound while shifting and "popping" out of gear while driving. I took it to the dealer who diagnosed the problem as the clutch. They replaced the clutch but the problem not only still existed but it got worse. It became so bad that it was impossible to shift into any gear at any speed. I had the car towed back to the dealer about a week later. Now they told me that it was the transmission. Ok. so I told them to replace it but it took 4 weeks until GM could supply one. It came with a 3 year, 100K warranty at a cost of $4000. This plus the $1200 for a new clutch made for a very expensive out-of-warranty repair.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 092007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Manual transmission is very difficult to put into reverse. Transmission will also occasionally pop out of a gear while driving. In order to put transmission into reverse I have to put the transmission into another gear first, this works over half of the time, sometimes I have to put it in 3rd, 4th, then go up to reverse. This has been a problem since I first picked up the car. Had dealer look at it, they claimed there were no tsb's or recalls for the 2004 GTO so they flushed the transmission fluid and sent me on my way saying "at least you have reported it, that may cover you in the future if it fails." Also, dealer did not understand why GM tells them to use the same fluid that goes into front drive automatics, this could cause GTO manual transmission to burn out faster.

- Whitinsville, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 302005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have had to replace both front tires twice due to inside tire wear/premature wear/strut rub (all inside wear near strut). The intermittent wipers do not function properly (all the time). Give a false error of overheating within minutes of start-up (happened about a dozen times). Analog speedometer was very erratic, moved all around from 0 to 200 mph while cruising at 65 mph (2 times) and read 140 mph while stopped. Paint on the door handles started peeling off within 3 months of ownership (bought brand new). Dampness behind the drives seat on the floor (often after driving in rain). Radio controls on steering wheel do not function properly, a button has the function of the one above it (off & on all the time). Gas cap replaced due to premature wear, caused engine light to turn on (often, still happens once in a while with the new cap). Hard to shift in reverse at times, helps to shift in another gear first. Shifter rattles often during acceleration. Pops out of 2nd gear (mostly during cold mornings, also hard to shift into 2nd gear on cold mornings. Lights stay on after car is shut off while in auto-mode; worked correctly at first, but now they always stay on (always operate them manually now to keep from draining battery).

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 212004

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 600 miles


My 2004 Pontiac GTO repeatedly comes out of or will not go into gear. This occurs mostly when going into 2nd but also in 1st and reverse. I have taken it to 3 GM dealers and none of them have corrected the problem. This is very unsafe since I cannot get the car under control if I cannot get it into gear. I also cannot accelerate if the vehicle comes out of gear. Many times this has nearly caused an accident. The Arizona GM representative confirmed and witnessed the problems with the transmission but told us to sue GM because he would not repurchase the car or fix the car. GM will not do anything even though we have found service bulletins for this same problem on your website. Your help is greatly appreciated.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 022004

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,300 miles
Transmission is difficult to put into reverse. Double clutching does not remedy and you almost have to force the gear shift into reverse. This is a safety issue because it takes an unacceptable amount of force (in lbs or newtons) to force vehicle into gear. Transmission also occasionally "pops" out of gear. Gears also grind sometimes when clutch is fully engaged. Vehicle has only 7000 miles.

- Losantville, IN, USA

problem #1

May 282004

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,800 miles
Put key in ignition, turned key to start postition, radio, everything was right, then bells started going off, and error said ABS fault, went to start vehicle, and error said airbag fault. Car wouldnt even turn over, just a click. I have also had problems getting transmission into gear, any gear, have had it pop out of gear while driving, and there is also a grind in the front right when I turn. Very unsatisfied.

- Cottonwood, AZ, USA

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