Automatic transmission shifting concerns on Dodge Sprinter 3500

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).

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Average mileage: 156,875 (50,000–279,000)
5 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008
12 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
Very noticable shutter throught the entire day. Helped a bit by downshifting. Now having a miss shift into third gear.
My sprinter stare losing power going up hill then at 200000 miles transmission stop running went I was driving won't take any shift
Change transmission need modular programmed
I have the rumble strip noise that started at 50,000 miles and was at 1,500 to 2,000 RPM. Now at 130,000 miles it occurs anytime and is consistent. It's so bad you can't see anything in the rear view mirrors--the whole van shudders. Can't use cruise control because the van will shudder and it's LOUD. Changing the transmission fluid by a Sprinter dealer made it worse.
similar but not as bad at all,shuttering coming from tranny (rebuilt 2 1/2 yrs ago)but its more isolated to a more specific rpm ,like 1700 to 2000
I purchased my 2004 Sprinter, mdl 3500, in Mar 20014 with about 197000 miles for $9000. I had driven less than 200 miles before the transmission locked down the next day. The transmission fluid was burnt and very black. I purchased a used transmission for $1500, transmission fluid $310 for 12 Quarts and $$381 for Labor. 31 Dec 2014, about 0930hrs, the engine light came on. I checked vehicle as best as possible. About 1 1/2 hours later, the transmission would not change out of low gear. The repair shop took me that it was the turbine speed control sensor. I need help in finding the sensor & cost, labor cost, and how to install it
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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