My 1998 Pontiac grand prix se lost od and 3rd gear when 1st accelerating. I can put it in low 2 get it up to 25mph and then shift to 3rd and od. Tranny fluid looks pink, full,no smell..It has 205,000..3.1 motor ..my back up car.

Asked by Jul 28, 2013 at 08:08 AM about the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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You probably already know the answer to your question. The transmission is slowly giving up the ghost. Bad Torque convertor or bands are shot. If this is the original trans with 205k, your looking at a rebuild IMO. Should you do it on a '98 Grand Prix, maybe not. Time to find another backup car you can rely on.

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These transmissions are notorious for this type of failure. My 2000 model has lost 4th gear and torque converter lock-up. It's my "toy" so I just drive it in 3rd instead of D. Average cost to fix this is about $1500.00. You could opt for a good used transmission or a rebuilt one. But it may be wise, as Tom said, to trade it in for something else. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks fellas...Well, I'll use it as a parts car then, its not worth fixin. Time to start lookin. I was thinking rear wheel drive..mayby a crown vic...Front wheel drive cars are nice, especially with our mild Nebraska winters, but a person can dump a lot of money into bearings,tie rods, cv, hubs, etc. Or mayby that's a GM Pontiac low quality/durability issue. Anyway..Thanks again. Very helpful

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You're welcome. My '08 Grand Marquis is very good in the snow. Same car as the Crown Vic. If thinking older, my '93 Caprice was very good too. In 19 years owning it I never got stuck. Even in the Blizzard of '96 here in NJ. Good luck with your search. -Jim

I found a 99 crown vic..35,000 miles 5000..excellent cond...I might go that way. And I also had the 94' caprice..4.3 v-8 I believe..Spent a lot time in that one. I work for the Railroad so..20,000 to 30,000 a year on average. A lot of the roads I have to take...well they take there toll on my vehicles. I guess if you don't use something, their not going to break down. Thanks again.

Bought a 1999 Crown Vic...35,000 miles..excellent cond. I could not pass it up. 1st Ford. 5 grand, runs like a champ..Sometimes you get lucky..

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Awesome!! Good luck with your new car. Best wishes. - Jim

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