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2001 Pontiac Sunfire GT 2dr Coupe

2001 Pontiac Sunfire
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Subcompact
22 mpg city / 32 mpg hwy
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January 15, 2013, 1:26 pm

Troy D

Question: Shifting into 1st and 2nd is difficult

At times, particularly when cold or after sitting for extended periods, it is very difficult to shift into 1st or 2nd gear. There is not grinding, just simply won't go into those gears. I need to use force to get into gear. Every other gear is fine. It is like those 2 gears have a block in front of them. Sometimes, from a stop, I will have to go into 3rd and then it will go into 1st "easier" but still not smooth.

I have about 156,000 kms on the vehicle now and it's gotten a bit worse recently.

January 22, 2013, 7:29 pm

Richard W
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The transmission needs to be replaced. Or you can get it rebuilt. There are little teeth that line up the gears so it's easy to putinto gear. The teeth could be broken.

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