2000 Cadillac Deville Northstar from North America
What is wrong with GM... don't they WANT to sell more cars?
My 2000 Deville gets the P0741 code (Torque Converter Clutch Stuck On). Car shifts great... no problems.
Am told I need a new tranny (cost of ~$3500). Others say it could just be the solenoid (less expensive fix).
I've been seeing this a lot on Caddy chat sites. Any ideas?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th November, 2009
Dealer would always tell you that it's most likely the worst case scenario. A solenoid would be included in the kit when a transmission is replaced I believe. Also, majority of dealers carry parts for cars that are 7 years or newer. Now there are some differences where a few engines use the exact same parts. But, in your case the car might sit in their shop for a month before all the parts are located and labour has been done.
I would go with solenoid or solenoid fuse replacement. Take it to a tranny shop and have them specifically replace that part. Please follow up.
I've seen this numerous times. Try replacing the solenoid first, but it may or may not be the problem. You may end up replacing the transmission anyways. If you do end up having to replace the transmission, you might as well just get rid of the car.
OK, so let me get this straight. Your car works fine, but you are going to take it in because of some idiot light? Me and my family have driven many domestics for many miles and just let the idiot lights shine away, as do most people. Sometimes the light will even go off after awhile. In many cases those lights are just money grabs.
No Cadillacs made after 1992 are going to be any good. Never again. Get used to it.
Either find a good old low-mileage late eighties Brougham and invest $5-10 grand to keep it around for fun, or just give up and drive some kind of soul-destroying anonymous Japanese/Korean/whatever egg-shaped clone car.
You need a torque converter. You can get that done for under 2k. Just don't wait until you notice it's not driving right because then you will need a transmission. This will cost you 3k at your local transmission shop. You do not need to go to the dealer for this repair.