Saturn Vue Transmission Problems & Cost | 6T70 | 4T45E | MDRA

The Saturn Vue was equipped with many different types of transmissions: The 4T45E transmission, the 6T70 transmission, the Honda MDRA transmission, the Aisin AW55-50SN and also hybrid Ion’s had a CVT transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Saturn Vue transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Saturn Vue Transmission Models

Saturn Vue: 4T45E Transmission
Saturn Vue: 6T70 Transmission
Saturn Vue: Honda MDRA Transmission
Saturn Vue: Aisin Warner AW55-50SN
Saturn Vue: CVT Transmission

Saturn Vue Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Saturn Vue Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4T45E / 4T40E1811144014992644
6T75E / 6T701990239224992955

** Note: CVT transmissions are dealer-only, or used. Honda MDRA requires our Get An Estimate feature.

What are the DTC codes related to Saturn Vue transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0716Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance 
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0718Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0722Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0767Shift Solenoid 'D' Stuck On
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0796Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck off
P0816Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Park/Neutral with Drive Ratio
P0816Downshift Switch Circuit
P0826Up and Down Shift Switch Circuit
P0842Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Low
P0850Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit
P0851Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit Low
P0852Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit High
P0897Transmission Fluid Deteriorated
P0961Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0962Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0963Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0965Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0966Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0967Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0969Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0970Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0971Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0973Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0974Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0976Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0979Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0980Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P0984Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P1860TCC PWM Solenoid Circuit Electrical
P1887Torque Converter Clutch Release Switch
P2714Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Performance or Stuck Off
P2723Pressure Control Solenoid ‘E’ Stuck Off

Saturn Vue Transmission Recalls

Recall 08V200000 – Failed parking prawl
2008 Saturn Vue 6T70 Transmission

Summary –
Back in 2008, General Motors recalled some 26 2008 Saturn VUE models equipped with the 6T70E 6-speed automatic transmission. Seems that the transmission case side bore that holds the park prawl pivot pin may fail to secure the transmission in the Park position, due to a flaw in the casting.

Consequence –
If this happens on a “non-level” surface, the vehicle could unexpectedly roll away, causing serious injury and property damage.

Remedy –
Dealers were instructed to replace the transmission. Owners should direct questions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236

Saturn Vue Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

PIP4627A – 35R clutch wave plate broken – 6T70 Transmission | 6T75 Transmission
2007 – 2009 Saturn Aura – 2007 – 2009 Saturn Outlook – 2008 – 2009 Saturn Vue – 2007 – 2009 GMC Acadia – 2007 – 2009 Pontiac G5 – 2008 – 2009 Pontiac Torrent – 2008 – 2009 Buick Enclave – 2008 – 2009 Chevrolet Equinox – 2008 – 2009 Chevrolet Malibu – 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Problem – On vehicles equipped with the 3.6L V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission, drivers may experience no reverse, slipping, and/or harsh shifting between 3rd-5th gears. They may also have diagnostic trouble codes P0776 and P0842. This condition is typically caused by a broken 35R clutch wave plate.
Solution – During the repair/rebuild process, the wave plate must be installed properly (with the rounded edge of the internal splines facing the 35R piston), in order to prevent premature failure.

Common Problems with the Saturn Vue Transmission

Input/Output Speed Sensor Issues – 6T70E Transmission
Problem – When repairing a failed input speed sensor or output speed sensor, steering system damage could occur.
Solution – To avoid damage to the clock springs, the splined steering knuckle must be prevented from falling out of the steering rack when dropping the subframe to access the valve body.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Saturn Vue can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Saturn Vue transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Saturn Vue transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Saturn Vue transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Saturn Vue transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Saturn Vue transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Saturn Vue transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Saturn Vue transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Saturn Vue transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Saturn Vue transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Saturn Vue Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Saturn Vue Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Saturn Vue Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Saturn Vue Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Saturn Vue Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Jason Richards
21 days ago

My transmission is going into neutral while going down the road

Kelly L Tilley
1 month ago

The vehicle will jump when u put it in reverse and in park and sometimes it feels like the transmission is slipping. It has also not went into gear and wouldn’t move

Celina H.
3 months ago

No torque on vehicle anymore. I live in BC and have the gas pedal to the floor to get up some of the hills, and even then it will only go up to 40. It hesitates and chugs when accelerating. There is only 125,000 km on a 2008 and there have been nothing but issues with the transmission since day one.

Kerry B
3 months ago

Difficult to find and get into reverse from park after sitting a while. While driving engine clunks and seems to drop into a lower gear as car slows down and gas to get up to speed again. Typically under acceleration.

Jerry Johnson
4 months ago

It sometimes gets stuck in 1st gear and won’t shift. I usually have to pull off the road and put the transmission into park and shut off the ignition and remove the key and wait for a few minutes then I restart and put it into gear. This usually fixes it on the first or 2nd attempt. I usually get weird dash lights for the anti-skid system. It’s really weird. Please can you help me?!

Sean Mcmahan
5 months ago

I have started having problems getting stuck in first gear and horrible shifting throwing a transmission solenoid code can I get the plate problem fixed without a complete rebuild

5 months ago

I have a 2009 Saturn Vue XR that won’t go into drive, check the tranny fluid and it is full. It goes in reverse fine just a very slight kick once it’s in. I am not sure what to do from here.

Wayne Mozingo
8 months ago

I have a 2004 Saturn vue v6 automatic, some times when slowing to stop and then stepping on the accelerator the transmission acts like there’s not down shift or up shift , let off the accelerator then push on it the transmission works, there are no codes and it was just rebuilt, it was doing it before and just one day there was nothing, so we had it rebuilt, had back to AAMCO and they can’t get it to do it, even after test driving it twice, can you give me insight on this?

David Tallant
9 months ago

Transmission makes a popping noise and a whining sound on take off in Drive

El puchi
1 year ago

Buenas tardes tengo una saturn vue 2003 y el código que me arroja es el p1888 quisiera saber que es donde va la pieza por favor y como la pido gracias

Colleen Vasher
1 year ago

Only works in reverse

1 year ago

Transmission seems ok till you hit 40 mph, then just acts up

1 year ago

Hi .. I have a 2004 Saturn Vue 3.5L V6

The transmission seems to be slipping in and out of gears slightly at 30-40 mph and sometimes at
50 mph. Sometimes there is a vibration and a shudder sound. Other than that there is no unusual noises and the truck has a lot of power. Over 60 mph it runs fine. It goes into all gears and does not rev up rpms when slipping.
There are no codes coming up for the trans but there is a code p0420.

I had the upstream sensor replaced. The other sensors look as if they were replaced recently but not sure.

When I clear the codes and check engine light the Cat comes up as a red cross mark on the ob11 along with 02s, hrt, egr.
When the check engine light comes back on and the code pops up again, the Cat has a green check mark like it is clear along with the 02s, hrt, egr. The evap does show up.

I am wondering if maybe there my be a bad connection somewhere. Every so often when I first start the
vehicle and turn the heater on it will act as if it losses slight power for a moment but that is all that happens. Could low voltage be the cause for the trans? No codes, that is what has me baffled.

Any thoughts?

2 years ago

I have a 2009 Saturn Vue AWD. What transmission cooler do I need for a 6CVT? Thank you for your response

2 years ago

Vt25-e cvt vti Trouble codes p0700, indicating trouble code p1886, indicating 3-2 shift solenoid malfunction. 2 weeks later going down hwy 60 mph with cruise control then high revs and no more pull. Rolled to stop and would not go in any gear. Broken belt?

1 year ago
Reply to  Edward

Saturn Vue 3.5L V6? Is that the vehicle you are talking about? If so, do you still have it?

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