2000 Saturn SL2 Transmission Trouble

jesseserles1jesseserles1 Member Posts: 1
edited September 2014 in Saturn

I have a 2000 Saturn SL2, about 183,00 miles on it. For about 6 months (maybe longer) the car doesn't want to reverse unless the engine is cold. When I start the car in the morning it reverses just fine but any other time throughout the day it won't. Well, it will if I give it a ton of gas and then it reverses VERY slowly.

There appears to be enough fluid in it, although I haven't changed the transmission fluid in a very long time. It's still that pink color.

I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on this car as this is just one of many problems (although probably the most severe). I'm hoping someone can tell me if this might be fixed by getting the fluid changed or if it's a sign of a dying transmission with no hope of recovery?



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    hard to say from this distance, but no reverse when warm is somewhat typical of a high mileage Saturn with a defective valve body in the transmission. So you may not need a complete overhaul but you may need someone to get in there and examine things.
  • jesseserles1jesseserles1 Member Posts: 1
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