Vehicles with a 6speed automatic transmission may develop one or more of the following faults related to a broken 35R clutch wave plate inside the transmission: Illumination of the Check Engine Light with code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723, loss of reverse gear, slipping or harsh 3rd or 5th gear shift. Removal and dis-assembly of the transmission will be required to replace the broken 35R wave plate. It is also extremely important that all debris from the failed part be cleaned from the transmission while it is disassembled in order to try and prevent future problems.
Car Problem Reports
Saturn Outlook Transmission Fault and/or Check Engine Light With Code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723
Saturn Outlook Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD
Average Mileage: 68,014 mi (39,000 mi - 118,879 mi)
Visitor, 2008 Saturn Outlook, 2WD, 64,182 mi
At 64,176 miles on the vehicle, From a stop at a light just exiting the highway, a loud snap as we tried to accellerate. By using the manual shifting buttons, I determined that 3rd gear was gone. We were able to limp to the house as we were only about a mile away. I googled the problem and, of course, found many complaints about this issue on Edmunds.com as well as this forum. Ont he way to the dealer, I noticed it would not use 5h gear either. I have to assume at this point it is the 35R wave plate that has failed and caused significant damage to the transmission. Of course, the car is not under warranty at this point. I took it in to the dealer this morning for a diagnosis. I am, like most of you, disgusted with GM for knowing this is an issue that is obviously pervasive with this model of transmission and doing nothing about it.
You would think they would be smart enough when building a 'family vehicle' for the masses who are on a tight budget they would take responsibility for a major flaw that is costing thousands of struggling families, thousands of dollars. There is no advertising in the world that will make up for this. Unless they make it right, next time, a Honda or Toyota for sure.
Visitor, 2007 Saturn Outlook, 2WD, 54,000 mi
While going in reverse, jering was first noticed. A few days later, shifting hesitation was noticed and high engine RPM was observed with unmatched acceleration. Engine light turned on and transmission was disengaged. No gears were operative.
Visitor, 2008 Saturn Outlook, 4WD, 40,000 mi
I have read all the reports on the transmission problems that the Outlooks have been having. I think i have all of you beat, my 2008 only had 40,000 miles when it started to hesitate and jump and then totally stop going into drive or reverse!!. A HUGE safety issue since it can happen on a highway! RECALL!!!
K7407 3-5 Reverse Clutch Plate Replacement. 46826 Broken wave washer K4707 test drive. Soft and harsh shift between 5 and 6. Seems to hint between 4th to 6th at times at 60 mph. Removed trans. found the same wave washer broken. This time it didn't break into many parts and did not tear anything else up. Only replaced wave washer, no need for filters as no shavings from other parts. Inspection showed parts can be reused, so only replaced wave washer. Reinstalled trans filled with fluid test drie and set front toe. Trans flush code EBA66EE 1.1 @ 65 degrees F. I just bought this 2008 saturn outlook 3 months ago and it had 42,000 miles on it and only drove it for 4,800 miles and had trans issues. The above service was performed by local authorized saturn service center. Since my experience i have read alot of blogs and it appears that similar trans problems are being reported in saturns/GMC acadia. I'm thankful mine was still under the 5 year mgf warranty BUT what happens when history repeats it's self and it appears it's not just IF it's WHEN it happens again. This is such a consumer ripoff to pay $27,000 for a vehicle and already have trans problems. Appears this needs to be more of a RECALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Visitor, 2007 Saturn Outlook, 2WD, 58,000 mi
So I was driving home from work today and what do you know, I loose all transmission function. The engine light comes on and the vehicle periodically jumps in and out of gear. I gingerly inch my way home and by the grace of a higher power, manage to pull it in my garage...at which point absolutely no more transmission. I ran a scan on the codes and sure enough P0776, P0700 and P0777. Most irritating part is, this vehicle was purchased for the safety of my wife and young daughter who were left stranded only four-five weeks ago on the Ohio Turnpike due to the charging system malfunctioning. Again....only 58,000 miles! Does anyone know if GM will honor this transmission under warranty if its over the 5yr mark? Seems to me, it should really be a recall at this point!
Visitor, 2007 Saturn Outlook, 2WD, 93,000 mi
Shifts out of gear once it gets over 20 mph and no reverse
Visitor, 2008 Saturn Outlook, 2WD, 64,500 mi
i recently have experienced the same problems that i'm reading on this thread, code p0700 and p0776 occured after the diagnostic check due to the check engine light coming on. once parked in my driveway i couldnt get the vehicle to go in reverse. like many others that i've read on here my power train warranty expired 4/2/13 just 5 months later this problem has occured. Impeccable timing or coincidence that these problems occur with in a certain mileage range and just out of reach of the power train warranty? sounds like it should be a recall issue....anyone know how or why a recall is established?
Visitor, 2007 Saturn Outlook, 4WD, 39,000 mi
Exact same problems as others have stated. Also Tranny would make car buck and bogg down and twice dropped into lower gear while driving it which I could not correct withoutstopping and restarting the car. Check engine light came on at every instance. Bought the car used with 37000 miles on it. Had it 7 weeks at 39267 when it began giving me trouble. Thank God I had a warranty on the car. Good Luck !!
Visitor, 2008 Saturn Outlook, 2WD, 118,879 mi
Harsh shipping between 2nd and third fourth and fifth gear, no reverse.
Visitor, 2008 Saturn Outlook, 4WD, 102,000 mi
April 13, 2013- bringing huband home from hospital just had back surgery. I was on a steep hill and all of a sudden nothing , I could mash gas and just like it was in neutral. Someone stopped cause I had on the hazard lights and was going to try and push me on up the hill. I had turned off car and tried to crank it one more time and it worked long enough for me to get it up the hill and over side of road. I had to have it hauled into shop 150.00 and got the transmission rebuilt for 2675.00 which I feel like GM should be responsible for paying this due to they have known about this problem and not even done a recall and someone is going to get killed when this happens on a busy interstate cause all you can do is coast. It is awful that I paid 33,000.00 for a car that is not dependable and now not worth a crap. I feel that this should be a recall and I know that GM is aware of problem. As much money as we pay for these SUV's we need reimbursed for this expense.