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

Saturn Vue Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 72,682 mi (36,000 mi - 132,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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 :(

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor,

    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.

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  • RKS., , 132,000 mi

    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!

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 87,000 mi

    Rebuilt transmission

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  • Visitor, , 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

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