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: 76,158 (36,000–143,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2008, 2009
52 people reported this problem
35 people shared problem details
2008 Saturn Vue57,000
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 Vue54,000
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!
2008 Saturn Vue60,000
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: 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.
2003 Saturn Vue105,000
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.
2008 Saturn Vue48,686
Car would not accelerate from a stop. Would not engage in first gear.
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 Vue75,450
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!
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.
2003 Saturn Vue106,900
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
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 Vue46,500
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 Vue67,000
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 Vue102,000
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 Vue87,000
Rebuilt transmission
2008 Saturn Vue36,000
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
great news on this problem . AS OF MARCH 11 2015 GM has special coverage adjustment -TRANSMISSION CLUTCH WAVE PLATE #14404A this covers 2008 and 2009 Saturn Vue Equipped with FWD or AWD and 6 spd Automatic Transmissions (RPO MH2 , MH4, MH6, OR MY9) THE SPECIAL COVERAGE ADJUSTMENT COVERS CONDITIONS . 6T70 OR 6T75 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS . MAY EXPERIENCE A CRACK OR FRACTURE WAVE PLATE ,RESULTING IN A LOSS OF 3RD ,5TH AND REVERSE GEARS. THE SPECIAL COVERAGE COVERS BY CONDITIONS DESCRIBED FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS 120,000 MILES,WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST,FROM DATE THE VEHICLE WAS ORGINALLY PLACED IN SERVICE,REGARDLESS OF OWNERSHIP. DEALERS ARE TO REPLACE THE 3RD/5TH/REVERSE CLUTCH PLATE . THE REPAIRS WILL BE MADE AT NO CHARGE TO CUSTOMER . FOR VEHICLES COVERED BY VERICLE SERVICE CONTRACTS,ALL ELIGIBLE CLAIMS WITH REPAIR ORDERS ON OR AFTER MARCH 2 2015 ARE COVERED BY THIS . I Just got a call from the local GM dealer Telling me my reimbursement has been rejected by Gm because the tech never put WAVE PLATE in his report before replacing the transmission . any ideas guys - they swap out the trans without a tear down inspecting . im thinking I may need a lawyer to win now .
2008 Saturn Vue70,220
On return from trip stopped for a coffee. I ordered and went to drive away and car would not go. Employees pushed my car out of the way. I waited for a bit and car did go a few feet before it malfunctioned. Had the car towed home. Again drove a few feet and failed again. Just spoke to repair shop preliminary report is I have lost reverse third and fifth gear. I am physically ill over this hardship. I truly thought six years ago that this car was a wise choice and would last me many many years. Shame on GM for not doing the right thing.
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