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Dodge Sprinter 3500 Automatic transmission shifting concerns

Dodge Sprinter 3500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2004, 2005, 2008

Average Mileage: 186,333 mi (140,000 mi - 279,000 mi)


Automatic transmissions may develop shifting concerns or a shudder condition. Our technicians tell us the shudder condition may be caused by transmission fluid level or quality. The shifting concerns may be caused by a faulty transmission control module (TCM).

  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    Very noticable shutter throught the entire day. Helped a bit by downshifting. Now having a miss shift into third gear.

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  •  Rookie

    Just purchased this vehicle 08.20.2014. Noticed a shudder that seemed to come from the rear of the vehicle. It felt and sounded like a rumble strip effect. This happened on 08.25.2014 on its first 20+ mile drive to a dealer for a full service. Air, fuel, oil filters with an oil change to Rotella T6 full synthetic and a transmission flush and refill. The technician drove it and said that he felt a slipping from 2nd to 3rd gear. I was told that a new transmission would cost 4-5 thousand dollars including the installation. Fortunately, I have a 30 day warranty on the engine and transmission. I'm now waiting to see how much all this is going to cost me NOT including the transmission. I'm figuring $1500. There were many things that needed to be replaced on the fuel system. O-rings, FI seals, fuel lines, a couple glow plugs and the glow plug computer (upgrade). A retaining bracket on the turbo resonator and the seals. Whoever tried to work on this was lucky they caused no real damage. I'm confident my dealership will return the van to excellent running condition. Now I gotta go after the seller for the transmission repair/replacement. I'll keep you posted.

    08.28.2014 FOLLOW-UP. Just received a call from my dealership. A new transmission will cost $4,485 and comes with a 3-year/100k mile national warranty. When I first reported this to the selling agent, he asked me to bring the van back and he would refund my money. HA HA. I told him I already have almost $2,000 invested in services which cannot be un-done or refunded, not to mention $475 in tax and registration fees along with $350 for 6 months insurance. These vans are not easy to find and, despite the problems I mentioned, this one is in great shape. It's a keeper.

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