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

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: 77,070 (24,000–143,000)
4 model years affected: 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009
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2008 Saturn Vue 57,000 mi,
Car started jerking when downshifting ..Per dealership..a broken wave plate is the culprit. Need new transmission..just my luck, 5 year warranty expired 9/2012, but only have 57,000 miles on this regularly maintenienced car. Now I see that this has been a common problem in this car..and I feel it should've been a recall issue but guess since it is not "life-threatening" it was not designated as such. VERY disappointing for a previously proud saturn owner and her pocketbook :(
2008 Saturn Vue 60,000 mi,
Hi, I just want request your help in order to see if My Saturn VUE 2008 VIN: 3GSCL53768S653922 is part of the recall process for the automatic transmission issues, because yesterday when I parked on my garage with a non-level surface, the vehicle suddenly roll out backward and my wife and one of my child was on the back of the vehicle when this happen, fortunately they was not injured, the vehicle just hits the concrete wall of my house, this happened yesterday sept 8 2015. But today, September 9 2015 when I tried to use my vehicle as every day, this is just running forward in the 1 speed, the automatic shifting is not working anymore, also when you try to use the manual mode this is not working too, so the transmission is dead, my vehicle is unusable. I read something related with this issue on internet: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallresults.cfm?start=1&SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=08V200000&summary=true&prod_id=224532&PrintVersion=YES At this point, I’m very disappointed, I always bought GM vehicles because I feel very proud to be part of the manufacturing process as employee of the one of the principal suppliers of GM. So please let me know if my vehicle is part of the recall process mentioned to replace the transmission, or some not expensive option, that I can use to fix the issue with the vehicle transmission. Thanks for you quick answer.
2008 Saturn Vue 54,000 mi,
Car will not shift into reverse and when in drive will not shift from 1st. Dealer said it was due to a 35Clutch Wave Plate that broke & will cost$3500 to replace. I feel GM should pay the full amount to fix it!
2003 Saturn Vue 105,000 mi,
same problem with no indication or warning prior to the existence of the condition. I try to promote and stand by American made products but for the average joe there is not much return for this type of loyalty. Bottom line Our car companies don't produce the best product they can and they don't stand by the ones they put out.
Check engine light is on and I have nor gears either forward or reverse. The car is a AWD with automatic and I'm having a heck of a problem seeking solutions. Seems like the repair is far more expensive than the actual overall value of the vehicle if it was running. As a loyal GM consumer its a shame they just won't step up to the plate and help out on the solutions for us! I've purchased 7 brand new GM vehicles and 12 used ones (as far as I can remember)so I expect a little loyalty from the fortune spent on them!
2008 Saturn Vue 48,686 mi,
Car would not accelerate from a stop. Would not engage in first gear.
I had the same problem hard to shift lost reverse. They rebuilt it and I haven't put 10,000 miles on it now the same thing is starting hard shifting, loud noise. Then try to find a dealer to work on it. It took 6 weeks to get it back the first time.
2008 Saturn Vue 75,450 mi,
complete loss of all gears. DTC P0777, P0796, P2715, P2723, P2724. The result of a 35r broken wave plate. Got a new reman trans from GM for $2350.00. Labor calls for 10+ hrs for a tech like myself but a good handyman with a little bit of mechanical know how and swap it. If you take it to a shop expect to pay anywhere from $3300 to $3900 for a job done right. Any less and you will run into this problem AGAIN. DONT USE A SALVAGE YARD trans in this case. There are updates when you buy one from GM that keep this from happening again with so little miles. If anyone charges you less then $3300.00, be Leary, they are most likely not educated enough to complete said repairs properly and or they are using a junk yard "salvage" transmission. Also thru GM the warranty that is offered is 3yr 36k miles. not bad for the price of comfort and not having this same issue again later. Good luck!
2003 Saturn Vue 106,900 mi,
While driving vehicle would seem like it was going 2 cut off had 2 step on gas, has cut off in the middle of a turn, won't move now whether its in reverse or drive. Originally thought my fuel filter was clogged had it changed with a tune up but problems still existed. Contacted Saturn about recall, no help what so ever, they don't stand by all their vehicles, they would prefer 2 wait 4 someone 2 b injured or killed before putting money into repair, but they have no problem in taking people's money for their vehicles. I used 2 love Saturns but I'll look elsewhere
2008 Saturn Vue 82,000 mi,
Problem started in 2010! Trans started slipping at 39000 took it to the dealer and wave plate was bad along with housing and a components. NOW the car is missing gears and slipping with 83000 miles now it's the drum that needs to be replaced WTF! Not under warranty I will never buy a GM again. Called GM and they are absolutely no help. Feel like they are at fault for not fixing it properly the first time. They also wanted me to take it back to the dealer to have it checked. Why would I do that when they didn't fix it correctly the fist time!!!!
2008 Saturn Vue 119,000 mi,
Transmission issues as well...has been sitting in drive several months due to repair needs.
2006 Saturn Vue 24,000 mi,
trans will not go into fourth or fifth gear with heat switch on up ps 705 code cancel code and car works perfect but put on blower for heat or ac and up pops 705 and no fifth or forth gear
2nd time this has occured. Had to replace power steering unit at 101K miles.
Transmission failed after only 60100 kms but the warranty had expired. I received a letter from GM acknowledging the problem and is currently under review for reimbursement.
2008 Saturn Vue 46,500 mi,
Wave plate defect but power steering went out at same time. Dealer fixed wave plate recall but says power steering - a separate issue.
2008 Saturn Vue 67,000 mi,
Rebuilt transmission
Transmission failed on hwy. Lost 5th, 3rd and Reverse. I tried to drive using manual gear mode but after stopping transmission went into saving mode which allowed me to drive ony in 1st gear. Turned engine off. Started it again and was able to manually switched gears again. Went up to 6th gear skipping 3rd and 5th and somehow was able to get to the service. New transmission installed and $4000 bill.
2008 Saturn Vue 102,000 mi,
Started slipping in 5th gear between 50-60mph, then out of nowhere (without check engine light or other indicator) it started slipping in 3rd gear, especially when accelerating. The car is sitting in a garage being tested right now.
2008 Saturn Vue 87,000 mi,
Rebuilt transmission
2008 Saturn Vue 36,000 mi,
the car would not shift eventually leading to complete transmission failure. It is in the GM dealers garage now having a new transmission installed for $4100.00. Never knew of the issue