My wife went to leave store parking lot, she put the car in Drive & it would go only backwards. Other than in Park, it would go in reverse. A man was walking by & she had him try it also. Did the same thing.
My wife called me & I went to get her. The car was now OFF & in Park. I got in & started the car, drove it around the lot & all operates correctly in forward & reverse. We haven't driven the car much since Wed. But so far everything working correctly. I did have a guy from a local transmission shop look at it yesterday & he ran a scan & said there were NO errors showing. He seems to think it's the "LIP SEAL" that is bad & best to replace/rebuild the transmission. Said it would cost $1800.00 & work guaranteed. He has been in our area for about 20 yrs. I also got another estimate & was told would be $2400.00.
He said he would recommend re-building the transmission in that he has seen this problem before. The car is a 2002 Buick Custom w/67,747 miles & 3.1 motor. Always maintained, in excellent condition & never in an accident. We do have the $$ to get it fixed but wonder if the expense outways the value of the vehicle which is about $4000 according to Edmunds. I really didn't want to buy a new car but am willing to if that's the better direction to go considering the cars age.
Sunday, July 8th, 2012 AT 2:56 AM