Erratic Shifting of the Automatic Transmission on Pontiac Grand Prix

The transmission pressure control solenoid may fail causing erratic shifting. Our technicians tell us that partial dis-assembly of the transmission is necessary to replace a failed pressure control solenoid.

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Average mileage: 142,713 (12,000–283,256)
14 model years affected: 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix 47,000 mi,
2005 Grand Prix started jerking before the gear would engage and now you put it in a gear and push on gas peddle and it won't go anywhere in any gear. If you are on a hill it will drift backwards. If you shut it off and wait a while and restart the car and put in gear it will engage but doesn't have much power. Could that be the transmission going bad!!
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 170,000 mi,
I was just at Walmart and try to start my car. It reversed just fine. But when I put it in drive it would not go. I put it in first gear and it went it was able to shift to second manually, and then it shifted the 3rd. I drove it home it will not going to drive. What do you think it is? Did I lose my transmission?
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 137,000 mi,
Car shifts hard from 1st, 2nd gear, stops once 40+ mph are reached. Can let the car sit for 2 to 4 hours and it will not shift hard again.
Transmission whines and shifts hard after a while of driving
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix 102,000 mi,
Once the transmission gets warm, it revs engine and shifts hard through 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears. Once a speed of 45mph+ is reached the car is fine. Solution, replacing solenoid and having the valve checked out at as well.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 211,685 mi,
Transmission began slipping then stopped pulling in any gear. Diagnosed as the Transmission Pressure Control Solenoid. Replaced the defective part.
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix 125,000 mi,
I'll be driving and it feels like a slip of the tranny, this is very spuratic.
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix 133,000 mi,
Erratic shifting. New pressure control solenoid fix the problem. Recall it.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 147,963 mi,
When I tried reversing into my drive way (which is slightly tilted upwards) and my car would refuse to move. Then while I was driving it would jerk when i was at 45mph. I then would increase my speed at 50-55mph it would stop.... I have had problems with this car before and it has never been like this, Looking for assistance so i can find out what the next step is that I would have to take.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 121,500 mi,
Code 1811 causes hard shifting; only when hot
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 85,000 mi,
500 dollar fix, another common issue with this car.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 132,000 mi,
erratic shifting, shift smooth at cold start up, once it warms up the shifting becomes erratic
hard upshifting between 1st & 2nd & 3dr.trbl.code 742 torque conv.clutch circuit stuck on yesterday for 10 miles.mile.Car was bucking like a horse on shifting & felt like slippage.could be 1-2 shift or 2-3 shift solenoid.
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 200,000 mi,
Had transmission rebuilt 3 years ago. Just had power steering pump replaced , camshaft Sensor . My car has been leaking big puddles. I'm to believe bottom seal to transmission. Now problem I go to warm car up and take off .the car has hard time going .finally start to move and seems to run ok. What is going on ???? Katastrafi
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 104,000 mi,
2000 GP Pontiac, Transmissions shop says not worth fixing yet. Would be to costly.Some times hard shift some times smooth. I will wait for transmission to go bad & then have them rebuild it. Cars been hard shifting since 80,000 miles.
1995 Pontiac Grand Prix 96,000 mi,
a pause then jumps into gear
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 121,000 mi,
Intermittent hard shifting in all gears. Feels like it has a shift kit. Have had the issue for 5 years now. Only have the problem in winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb) and only shifts hard after it warms up. Shifts perfect in warmer months for the past 5 years. I was told I need a trans solenoid and was quoted $1100 by a local shop. Decided to just drive it until it breaks.
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix 87,500 mi,
Error code P1811
2003 Pontiac Grand Prix 158,000 mi,
Not fixed yet.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 132,000 mi,
When shifting into gear 45 mph it slips and slams hard into the next gear. Looking at the high-pressure solenoid to be replaced