I have a 2005 Saturn Vue (2WD, V6, engine and transmission from Honda as I understand it). A few months ago, I noticed that the Saturn experiences short rumbling at low speeds - a little like driving over a patch of bumply road). One shop, where I took it for an unrelated issue and where I did not raise the matter, recommended a transmission rebuild at over $3,000. To get a second opinion, I took it to another shop, which said the problem was third gear shudder and also recommended a transmission rebuild at a slightly higher price.
Is this problem something that you can live with? Or is it imperative that it be repaired right away? When I asked about it, a person at the second shop wouldn’t say that it had to be taken care of but said that it could lead to other problems later on. I have not noticed any worsening of the problem, and there has not been any warning lights from the vehicle about it. I’m reluctant to spend so much for repair on a car whose value isn’t that much more than the cost of the repair and which may be starting to break down in other areas. I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.