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Old 03-30-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Surging/Flaring Transmission Issues

Ive been reading on this board and others about problems with a "flaring" transmission.

2003 Saturn Vue V6 3.0L regular automatic transmission:

Drive 35-45mph steady gas, no acceleration, car will act like it want to shift, RPM jumps, transmission does not shift. letting off the gas and then normal driving will fix it.

Light acceleration 35-45mph, same thing, transmission will act as if you have punched the gas and will jump high RPMs and not shift.
Has had this issue since we drove it off the lot and 39,000 miles later.

I have had the TCM re-programmed 3 times, each time the issue comes back in less than 2 weeks. I finally dropped the Vue off to let the dealer take a look and picked up a loaner. Took a couple of days of test driving, but they got it to do it for them.
They spoke with their technical rep @ Saturn and they recommended replacing the valve body. They also have another simliar issue with another 2003 Saturn Vue.

If you are experiencing this issue, take it to your dealer and have them check it. No TSB yet, but Im sure there might be one in the future.
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Surging/Flaring Transmission Issues

I have the same problem on my 03 v6. Just got it back today from the dealer. They said it did not flare for them on a test drive. I was told to keep an eye on it and log flare ups. My daughter has a mazda 6 and she has the same problem. I understand it maybe a problem on many other makes of cars.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Surging/Flaring Transmission Issues

It took a little convincing for them to just give me a loaner and have them test drive for a few days.

It is defintely an intermittent problem.
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