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Old 11-17-2003, 04:10 PM   #1
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Looking 'way ahead, does 4-cyl.
VUE automatic transmission have a filler plug on top, and a drain plug on bottom? Or is fluid change more complicated than that?

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Old 11-17-2003, 04:14 PM   #2
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Looking 'way ahead, does 4-cyl.
VUE automatic transmission have a filler plug on top, and a drain plug on bottom? Or is fluid change more complicated than that?
And don't forget the VTi additive.

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Old 11-17-2003, 06:27 PM   #3
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Speaking of this i just checked my oil and i was trying to find the trans stick to check the fluis just for the heck of it but i didnt find it wheres it located i see the oil in the front left of the engine but no trans stick

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Old 11-17-2003, 06:30 PM   #4
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Isn't the VTI a sealed transmission unit? Meaning no fluid to add and another thing that needs done by the dealer.

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:46 PM   #5
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What does the dealer do that a handy owner couldn't do?

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:57 PM   #6
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VTI and the 5 speed automatic trans. are both sealed for your protection. Just one more item not to worry about. (LOL).

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Old 11-17-2003, 11:38 PM   #7
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No scheduled maintenance on the transmissions before 100,000 miles. I'm thinking of getting a trans flush around the 50,000 mark, but need to know more about the fluid they use and why it can go 100,000. Maybe it's a synthetic, in which case it may be best to leave it alone.

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Old 11-18-2003, 01:29 AM   #8
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VTI and the 5 speed automatic trans. are both sealed for your protection. Just one more item not to worry about. (LOL).
I wont go into our problem, but when we took our VUE in to the service dept. and told them there was something wrong with the transmission. The first thing the tech did was pull off a cap, I assumed it was the transmisson fluid cap. Since when he pulled it off and smoke came out he said that it was a transmission problem?

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Old 11-18-2003, 08:54 AM   #9
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No scheduled maintenance on the transmissions before 100,000 miles. I'm thinking of getting a trans flush around the 50,000 mark, but need to know more about the fluid they use and why it can go 100,000. Maybe it's a synthetic, in which case it may be best to leave it alone.
I had an insert in my manual that said need to add at least VTi additive at 50,000 and for severe use change the fluid and add the additive.

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Old 11-18-2003, 09:32 AM   #10
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Just don't take your VTI to Jiffy Lube for a trans flush <grin>.

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Old 11-18-2003, 05:25 PM   #11
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Was the cap on the vti or the 5 speed auto trans. Manual doesn't show any kind of cap. Do you know the color of the cap and where it is located?

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Old 11-18-2003, 05:47 PM   #12
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I was referring to the 5-speed auto. Anybody deliberately buying a VTI deserves what they get. There is a transmission filler pipe down on the transmission with a yellow cap. Look down on the front of the engine on the driver's side.

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Old 11-18-2003, 06:02 PM   #13
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Anybody deliberately buying a VTI deserves what they get.
Most people that bought a VTI were not aware of problems at the time they were buying them. The problems arise later as the VTI's get into the market and get miles on them. That statement is just wrong there bud !

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Old 11-18-2003, 08:10 PM   #14
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Yes i saw the yellow cap. Is there anyway to check the fluid level?

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Old 11-18-2003, 08:33 PM   #15
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Hey, 'Bud'; The transmission sucks, and anybody with any auto experience whatsoever can tell that from a test drive. My wife was buying a VUE, and I was asked to drive the four and six with auto. The constantly-variable transmission (VTI) in the four-cylinder VUE scared me right away. There was no way that thing was coming to my house. The 5-speed auto in the V6 is a nice, snappy-shifting box. The four with a manual transmission would be fine, but not for us. GM is using Saturn to give this VTI a field trial, and it's really a shame. In the auto world, never buy into anything new and unproven. We waited three model years before getting our VUEs, and they seem okay so far. Again, when you try a new car with a new engine, transmission, whatever, and it seems weird, get out of the car and walk away. It's not you, it's the car. Everybody hates a constantly-variable transmission, and it will never be widely accepted. It's been tried on everything from a motor scooter ('60s Harley-Davidson 'Topper' scooter) on up to Army tanks.

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Actually, those who were following the VUE release saw that the VTI was backed off the option list 3 times pre-release because of failures. You may remember the special edition manual VUE that came out to fill the gap caused by the unplanned delay of the VTI.

If you weren't here then, it's understandable that you didn't know of the VTI's poor heritage. Doesn't help that it's built in an Opel plant in Eastern Europe.

Anyone buying the VTI should seriously consider the Saturn extended warranty.

Interesting to note that the VTI (CVT) in the Toyota Prius has been nearly bulletproof. It can be done if you get the right factory and take the time to do it right.

Hope the VTI doesn't kill VUE resale like the ill-fated Chrysler Ultradrive did to Daimler-Chrysler minivans in the late 80's through early 90's.

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Everybody hates a constantly-variable transmission, and it will never be widely accepted. It's been tried on everything from a motor scooter ('60s Harley-Davidson 'Topper' scooter) on up to Army tanks.
Another amazing statement you have made. Like Bob states, the Toyota Prius has been pretty much bullet proof, and the Nissan Murano with it's own variable transmission is getting fantastic reviews. Maybe years ago the technology wasn't there but it's here now. Saturn didn't come out with the best one but it is damn smooth and works well on the hills. It's just a matter of time before they work out the bugs but they would not be putting them in the 04 models if they were having terrible failures with them.

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Old 11-19-2003, 12:58 PM   #18
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Does the 2004 V6 come with the Honda Auto? A friend has an Odessey and they extended the warranty on the trannies to 6 years 100,000 miles due to early failures of the auto. I have to admitt that at least Honda stepped up to the plate on their problem.

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Old 11-19-2003, 01:13 PM   #19
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Was the cap on the vti or the 5 speed auto trans. Manual doesn't show any kind of cap. Do you know the color of the cap and where it is located?
We have a AWD 4, with VTI. The cap was black...

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Old 11-19-2003, 04:05 PM   #20
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The VTi has a black cap at the highest point on the transmission, under the left rear corner of the underhood fuse block.

Don't mess with it yourself. Filling the tranny involves opening an overflow plug under the car and adding fluid until it spills out. With the plug replaced, fluid is added based on the fluid temperature (as read with a scan tool). And it doesn't take regular automatic fluid, either.

The manual has a check/fill plug near the passenger-side output shaft. However, I'd not mess with it either unless you know exactly where it is. Removing the wrong bolt would be Bad.

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