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Need help please! 2004 Saturn Vue with 138,000 miles on it. It has always had a vibration/shake/shudder but not horrible. We sold the car to our daughter a few years ago. She is getting ready to drive it from Texas to Michigan for her move home and called to say that when she hits 50 mph the car shakes terribly now. It keeps shaking up to 70 mph. She's afraid to drive it home. She took it to a repair shop and was told that she needed a $6000 transmission. Does this sound like a transmission issue to anyone? It does need front tires. Could that do it?
$6000 for a transmission? Well kiss that repair shop goodbye. Tires could definitely be an issue, or a bent wheel, or bad front axle joints. First stop should be the tire shop and see how that goes with a proper wheel balance front and rear.
It is possible that a bad torque converter in the transmission could "shudder" at speeds between 40 and 60 mph (it's trying to get into overdrive) ---it feels like the car is going over those "rumble strips" that they put on the edges of freeway lanes sometimes. BUT this shudder would not be felt in the steering wheel, whereas front tires needing balance would. If the rear tires are out of balance, you feel the vibration "in the seat of your pants"--literally.
In any event, this car is not worth a great deal, so if a transmission shop (I mean one that isn't a rip-off---a GOOD shop) diagnosed a bad torque converter, you'd have to consider whether the car is otherwise in good enough condition to justify such an expense.
Just for reference, try this website and ask them for a quote:
I owned a 2008 Saturn Vue XR. The steering column makes a intermittent rubbing noise. I took to dealership and they finally decided it was the rack and pinion. So at $600 I had it changed, but after 5000 miles I noticed the noise coming back. Now I just finished going to dealership for clunking noise in front of vehicle where caliper pin kits were installed at a cost of $356 , the clunking sound is still present. My front driver seat makes all kinds of squeaking noise like its falling apart. The dealer tried to fix it, but unsuccessful and recommended I get a new frame at a cost of $1700. I only weight 190lbs and never had a seat problem with my other GM vehicles previously purchased. Another noise is the air conditioning controls that makes a constant clicking and popping sound when in the automatic setting. It's like the flapper cannot make up which way to go.
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