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Old 03-26-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hello all,

My friend has a Buick LeSabre with over 200k miles. She contacted me, and said she puts the car in drive and the car won't move forward. If she turns the car off and back on it might move for a few feet but then stop again, but not abruptly.

I thought it may have been the TC worn out, considering the miles...But I think it'* safe to chalk it up to...The transmission is worn out and a used/rebuilt one is the easiest/cost effective options.

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have her check the fluid level, but it sounds done. i would have it rebuild though, those transmissions from gm werent that good and when they rebuild them you get all the updates. and call around, i got prices from 950-2500, when my bonnie (same) had to be done
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have her check the fluid level, but it sounds done. i would have it rebuild though, those transmissions from gm werent that good and when they rebuild them you get all the updates. and call around, i got prices from 950-2500, when my bonnie (same) had to be done
Fluid Level was at the right level but was very dark in color. So there is definitely a ton of clutch material and other debris in there.

Is there any way to identify if it'* a 2.84 or 3.06? I was just browsing on the autoparts fair website for prices and that question came up. Can you ID via the VIN number?
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the rpo codes in the trunk

FQ3 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.86
FR2 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.93
FW2 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 3.06
F17 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.84
F79 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.97
F83 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 3.05
GX3 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 3.33
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Thank you jwfirebird so much for your help. She was able to find the correct used transmission for her car for a great price (I know, I know, you get what ya pay for). Lets see how it works after the install.

I suggested rebuilding as the best solution, but she couldn't afford it.

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the rpo codes in the trunk

FQ3 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.86
FR2 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.93
FW2 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 3.06
F17 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.84
F79 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 2.97
F83 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 3.05
GX3 - ratio, transaxle, final drive 3.33
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