I have just had my transmission rebuilt on my 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue
with 32000 miles. Seems that there is a problem with the transmission
sending too much pressure to the torgue converter and eating up the
clutches. At least that is how I understand what they told me. The
problem started when the transmission started shifting hard and I took
it in the next day to be checked. They found filings in the pan and
filter. Eventually they ended up completely overhauling the
transmission for $2804.82. Has anyone else had this problem? And has
anyone been able to have GM help with the cost since it happened at
such low miles?
I think you either misunderstood the explanation, or you just got a
bogus BS answer.
And $2800 for a tranny rebuild also seems a little high. Did a GM
dealership do this to you, or did you use some garage like Seρor
If you are within the warranty period, which I doubt,then GM should
pay for the incident. If not, slim chance I think.
A solenoid was sticking because of dirt or metal filing so the
transmission would build up pressure til it finally got to default of
the highest pressure. Probably poor manufacturing or quality of parts.
Anyway. The repair place was a local tansmission only shop with a good
reputation. I could have gotten a new factory transmission with 1 year
warranty or had mine rebuilt with upgrades and a 3 year warranty. I
chose the rebuilt. The shop owner said that they had done 4 other 4T65E
and the lowest miles was 60,000. Maybe my luck with this car will
change from now on, I do like the car but am still stinging from the
failure from GM.
I am shocked at that mileage and cost. I think you should try for some
sort of policy adjustment anyway. Remember, Olds is a defunct division.
The transmission is five years old. That means five winters. You can
damage a transmission beyond repair in five minutes or less using the
wrong technique when stuck in the snow. GM would want to see the parts
to start with. I mean a factory rep, not the dealer.
Don't know why you had to have it rebuilt, but there is a TSB on your car's
transmission. The following is taken from
Section: 07 - Transmission/Transaxle
Bulletin No.: 0O-07-30-002B
Date: July, 2002
Slips, Harsh Upshift or Garage Shifts, Launch Shudders, Flares, Erratic
Shifts and Intermittent Concerns, DTC P1811 or P0748 Set (Replace Pressure
Control Solenoid Valve Assembly)
1997-1999 Buick Riviera
1997-2002 Buick Park Avenue
1998-2002 Buick LeSabre
1999-2002 Buick Regal
2000-2002 Buick Century
2002 Buick Rendezvous
1997-2001 Chevrolet Lumina
1997-2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1999-2002 Chevrolet Venture
2000-2002 Chevrolet Impala
1997-1999 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
1997-2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette
1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
2001-2002 Oldsmobile Aurora (3.5L)
1997-2002 Pontiac Bonneville, Grand Prix
1999-2002 Pontiac Transport/Montana
2001-2002 Pontiac Aztek
with Hydra-Matic 4T65-E (RPOs MN3, MN7, M15, M76)
Some owners of the above vehicles with a HydraMatic 4T65-E transaxle may
comment on harsh upshifts or harsh garage shifts, soft shifts, shudders on
hard acceleration, or shifts erratic. These conditions may appear
intermittently or set a DTC P1811 or P0748. During diagnosis, a low or high
line pressure (actual versus desired) may be observed.
The above condition may be due to any one of the following which may affect
line pressure output:
a.. Sediment inside the pressure control (PC) solenoid valve, causing the
PC solenoid valve to mechanically bind.
b.. Sediment in the valve body, causing the torque signal regulator valve
c.. Incorrect transaxle oil level.
Since you had the repairs done at a non-GM shop and without GM having
any chance to examine the unit there is pretty much ZERO chance of
getting some factory money to help with the problem.
In the future the first thing to do would be to find out if the dealer
and/or GM will help you any.
It sucks, but that is pretty much how it is.
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