NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,280 miles

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2007 Saturn Vue transmission problems

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2007 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 042010


  • Manual transmission
  • 44,810 miles


2007 Saturn Vue, manual transmission, 44810 miles. Tried to shift to reverse, couldn't get into gear. Went to 1st, then back to reverse ok. Later in day, same problem/solution. Dinnertime: Tried to go to reverse, and stick flopped back w/ no resistance at all. Again... 1st to reverse everything fine. To dealer next day... diagnosis: Clips holding shifter cables bad, recommends replacing both cables and ends/clips at shifter. Tried to take to independent garage to have repair performed, and upon pickup at dealership both clips were apparently so bad that no linkage between shifter and transmission now exists. Car is unable to move under own power. Parts are available to be replaced. Out of bumper-to-bumper at 36K miles... not covered under 5yr/100K miles powertrain warranty.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 092009


  • 47,750 miles
Failure of manual transmission linkage. Shift lever action became loose during shifting from 3rd to 2nd gear. Vehicle remained in 3rd gear allowing car to be driven out of traffic. Disassembly of shift assembly indicated failure of retaining clip that held front/back shift linkage on to end of shift lever. Repaired linkage by drilling through cable end assembly at 4 corner points of top and bottom plastic retention plates to replace failed inadequate E-clip retention system that attaches cable end to shift lever.

- Mullica Hill, NJ, USA

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