I have a 2004 Saturn Vue AWD Automatic that takes a while to engage shifting to drive. All the rest of the gears shift fine, HELP
The 2.2L Vue CVT shifts better into drive when the Car is freshly started. It will not hold
on a hill after warming up. The rest of the gears engage just fine. Sometimes shifting
into dry it will lag until I press on the accelerator and that causes it to jerk into gear.
It has over 140.000 miles. I do not know what the previous owner might have done, all I
know it was very clean all over and underneath. It's been a great car until recently.
Thanks for any help...Gary
Hi Gary, sounds like your CVT is worn out. I'd have a reputable trans shop diagnose it for you. Tell them what you told us. Saturn CVT's had/have a lot of problems, they discontinued them in 2005. Search the internet and you'll find other owners complaining of the same issues. I think your looking at a replacement trans, as most shops will not rebuild them. So is the car in that great a shape that your willing to put another $3-4000 into it?
A CVT trans has no "gears" and if you want to, you can research it a little bit- bottom line, any car with CVT has a limited life- just get rid of it, go back to a conventional car, and chalk it up to experience- live and learn-
Yes I figured it was something serious, like a worn out transmission, but had hopes since all the other gears (yes I know they are not gears in the traditional sense, it' just old speak) that there might be something electric or a filter problem...or something that I could afford. Well thank you both for your input.
Stinks I know, CVT's are not usually rebuildable by local shops, so replacement is your only option.
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