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: 97,466 (37,000–190,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, more2009, 2010, 2011
49 people reported this problem
26 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.
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.
My car goes in reverse and does not go forward. The opposite but seem like the same issues.
Wont shift out of first gear and shows a check engine icon. I checked OBD tool and had two fault codes P0700 and P0717
2009 Chevrolet Malibu118,287
My car was driving good than all of a sudden it wouldn't reverse... I'm confused cause I'm 8months pregnant and needs a rode to my appointments. My car also has a recall on it do the dealer have to pay for this or I do cause I need to know.
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.
Clutch wave plate won't go In reverse
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.
2008 Chevrolet Malibu121,000
Reverse is out, slips shifting gears and makes a whining noise.
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.
Transmission got stuck in the 1 st gear and check engine light came on after tri to the gas station it has been slipping 2 and 3 shift for few months. Vehicle under warranty towed to the dealer who determined wave plate needs to be replaced. Dealer is currently working on in, should be repaired in couple days.
the problem has not been fixed I just purchased the care and thats the first thing I noticed it jerked really bad when changing gears and it was hard to get out of park and the lights do not show up
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.....
2011 Chevrolet Malibu110,000
Car would no longer shift into reverse. Brought it to dealer where it was purchased. They indicated repairs to sensors are needed before they could even determine fully what exactly was needed with the transmission. Possibly a new transmission would be needed. GM was contacted and told they would cover 60% of cost since car is just outside power train warranty.
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
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.
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