Transmission Fault and/or Check Engine Light With Code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723 on Chevrolet Malibu

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.

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Average mileage: 95,585 (37,000–190,000)
5 model years affected: 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, more2011
37 people reported this problem
20 people shared problem details
Last week my transmission failed on my 09 Malibu. "No Reverse/ 3rd or 5th Gear, DTC P0776". I am 10 months out of power train warranty. GM has been contacted and may or may not assist with a partial payment of the repair cost. Any suggestions on how to approach this matter further.
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2008 Chevrolet Malibu125,000
Vehicle wouldn't shift out of 3rd gear and RPMs were very high. Dealer said that the wave plate broke and damaged the speed sensor. They wanted $2100 to replace both. I was upset and said I was going to take it somewhere else. Then they said $1100 to do the repair with a used wave plate. The part new only costs $20. I hate GM products and the customer service is terrible. They were willing to take $1000 off and say they could do that if they used an old part. That makes no sense when its an inexpenisve part even when bought new. My research revealed that the Chinese wave plate used in the late 2000's is faulty and explodes once it gets brittle from heat. Why no recall? Don't buy GM. I'm still arguing with the dealer about this.
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No reverse. Trans needed to be rebuilt. Main shaft badly scored needing replacing. NO TRANS DIP STICK FROM FACTORY TO SHOW FLUID LEVEL. Wave plate broken in three pieces. Fluid dark and burned looking. Repairman stated this is an ongoing problem with the General Motors 6-speed automatic transmissions.
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2009 Chevrolet Malibu116,000
Same issue. Faulty wave plate. GM needs to stand up and take care of this for their loyal owners. Im very disappointed and will not buy another. Ive owned 2 Toyotas and never had a tranny issue.
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Vehicle started jerking and RPMs all over. Car would not reverse. Mechanic found it had no reverse, no first gear, lots of noise in second gear. Transmission failed. There were NO check engine lights on however transmission shop pulled the following codes p0621, p0700, p0776, b1325, u0155. They determined that the wave plate broke and the broken pieces fell into the planetary gear set causing damage to that. They replaced wave plate, planetary gear set, and torque converter, overhaul of transmission. Cost just under $3000. Transmission shop contacted GM to make sure there was no recall due to low mileage on vehicle and that it was well taken care of.....GM stated they are aware of the issue and are "close" to issuing a recall. I don't want to hold my breath on that but I would love a refund. GM customer service is terrible and will never buy another vehicle from them. The shop also told me that an SUV by GM which has the same transmission (only larger) had same problems and had already been recalled.
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Clutch wave plate won't go In reverse
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Wont shift out of first gear and shows a check engine icon. I checked OBD tool and had two fault codes P0700 and P0717
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My car goes in reverse and does not go forward. The opposite but seem like the same issues.
My check engine light came on the car wouldn't drive pass 35 miles so I tried to go in reverse but couldn't, the car is still at dealership.
Would not shift into 3rd or 5th gear and could not go into reverse!! Very sluggish and wouldn't accelerate!!!! Currently in the shop to be fixed!! Is GM doing anything about this?
no reverse , slipping at speeds above 25 , not fixed yet.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu145,000
Car would come out of first broken 35r took out the techem drum and torque coverter cost to rebild 3200
check engine light went on and unable to put car in reverse...vehicle towed to dealer...broken wave plate...transmission may or may not have to be replaced.....
2009 Chevrolet Malibu120,300
35R Clutch failed causing problems across the board with transmission operations. Could not reverse and had trouble in low gears probably due to the failed clutch pieces gumming up the transmission.
Transmission not changing gears
2009 Chevrolet Malibu106,500
Cost is $3,900 to repair
2008 Chevrolet Malibu103,000
Same as a previous owner, no acceleration pass 45 mph and can not go in reverse.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu103,000
driving along with no warning the transmission got stuck in first gear drove to the side of the road got towed to the dealer was told i needed a new trans. GM told me i was out of warranty and wouldnt cover it even after having the trans fluid changed by the dealer at 80,ooo.The bottom line rebuilt trans from dealer $3,800.
Transmission would slip or have trouble shifting out of 3rd or 5th gear. Dealer offered either replacement of affected parts including the wave plate in the transmission or a completely rebuilt transmission from the factory.
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