GM Torque Converter and 8 Speed Transmission Problems

GM issued TSB 18-NA-355 to address “torque converter clutch (TCC) shudder conditions on 8L45 and 8L90” eight-speed automatic transmissions. The proposed solution was a new fluid flush, which appears to fix the issues for some customers, who have reported a dramatic change in shift quality after swapping out the juice. If the flush doesn’t fix the issue, the next step may be to replace the torque converter, which could be glazed.

GM 8 Speed Transmission Lawsuit

A year after the initial class-action lawsuit, The General sought to have it dismissed. The lawsuit alleges GM’s eight-speed automatic transmissions may shift violently into gear, and the filing further claims the problems are caused by some type of hydraulic systems failure, which can wear down the gears and – as mentioned earlier – allow metal shavings to become caught within the transmission.

Plaintiffs say that the fact that GM sent TSBs to dealerships are an indication the automaker has known about the defects since at least 2015. The lawsuit also claims GM’s suggested fixes, such as flushing the transmission system, are only a temporary solution.

Meanwhile, GM claims the problems with the transmission do not fall under the factory warranty, as it is a design issue  and not a manufacturing defect.

(Excerpted from) Five Ways GM Is Infuriating Its Customers Today (

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Honda 9 Speed Transmission Claims

Honda 9-speed transmission problems have caused a class action lawsuit for all current and former owners or lessees who purchased or leased any Honda vehicle equipped with a ZF 9HP 9-speed automatic transmission.

According to the Honda class action, the following vehicles allegedly suffer from “rough and delayed shifting, loud noises during shifting, harsh engagement of gears, sudden, harsh accelerations and decelerations, and sudden loss of power.”

  • 2016-2022 Honda Pilot
  • 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey
  • 2019-present Honda Passport
  • 2020-present Honda Ridgeline

According to the two Honda owners who filed the lawsuit, the 9-speed transmission problems are caused by improper design and/or calibration of the software in control of the transmission, including the transmission and powertrain control modules.

Then in July 2023, the transmission allegedly “bucked, lagged, illuminated a warning light, shifted into neutral without driver input, and prevented the vehicle’s drive gear from being engaged.”

The plaintiffs took their vehicle to a Honda dealer where technicians found “the transmission had internal gear failure,” and the 9-speed automatic transmission was replaced.

The Honda transmission problems cost the plaintiffs $7,619 out-of-pocket for repairs, but allegedly the same defective 9-speed transmission components were installed.

According to the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs assert the transmission problems remain.

The lcomplaint  alleges Honda knows about 9-speed transmission problems because the automaker issued a service campaign and multiple technical service bulletins to dealerships. The Honda bulletins allegedly describe symptoms of a transmission programming defect in ZF 9HP transmissions.

The actions by Honda included alleged repairs for the transmission problems, but the lawsuit alleges the repairs do not fix the 9-speed transmission problems.   See

The Honda 9-speed transmission class action lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California: Kevin Moore v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al.

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Is Your 2023 Nissan Pathfinder’s Auto Stop/Start System Driving You Crazy?

Are you one of the proud owners of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder? You probably fell in love with its sleek design, comfortable interior, and advanced features. However, what do you do when one of its features turns into a headache? We’re talking about the Auto Stop/Start system, and if it’s driving you crazy, you’re not alone.

Imagine this: You’re waiting at a busy intersection, your engine purrs to a stop to save fuel, and you’re ready to go as soon as the light turns green. But what happens next is not what you expected. Your Pathfinder hesitates, goes into neutral, or worst of all, shuts down completely. You’re not alone; many Pathfinder owners have been experiencing the same issue. Let’s dive into what’s happening and how you can turn the tables in your favor.


The Auto Stop/Start System Issue

Here’s what some Pathfinder owners have been saying, pouring their frustrations and fears into their stories:

  1. “My Pathfinder stalled at the busiest intersection in town. Not only was it embarrassing, but it put me in a potentially dangerous situation. I had no control over it!” – Sarah, a Pathfinder owner.
  2. “The engine randomly goes into neutral. I’ve had close calls where the car behind me nearly rear-ended me. This isn’t what I signed up for.” – Mark, another frustrated owner.
  3. “The auto stop/start feature is supposed to save fuel, but the risk it poses to my safety isn’t worth it. I’m worried it’s just a matter of time before something terrible happens.” – Lisa, who feels like her car has betrayed her.


The Rollercoaster of Emotions

These are not just stories; these are the real-life experiences of people who put their trust in a brand and ended up with anxiety and frustration every time they step into their Pathfinder. Mark, Sarah, and Lisa represent countless others who face similar issues. They feel a range of emotions – embarrassment, anger, fear, and betrayal – every time their Pathfinder falters at an intersection or refuses to respond.


Your Rights and How We Can Help

Your new Pathfinder should offer peace of mind, not stress and danger. At the Law Office of Howard A. Gutman, we’re here to help. We understand the rollercoaster of emotions you’ve been on.

When your safety is compromised, and you’re stuck with a vehicle that doesn’t perform as promised, you have rights under the lemon law. The good news is that, in cases like these, car manufacturers and dealers are legally required to compensate all legal expenses. That means you won’t have to pay a dime for our legal services.


Why Choose Us?

Our experience in dealing with auto manufacturers is unmatched. We’ve helped countless clients hold manufacturers accountable for their products’ defects, ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve.


If you’ve experienced issues with your 2023 Nissan Pathfinder’s auto stop/start system, contact us today at (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation. Let us take on the manufacturers and dealers, so you can get back on the road with confidence. We’re here to make your voice heard and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Your journey to a safer, more enjoyable driving experience starts with a simple call to us.



  • 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
  • Complaints for 2023 NISSAN PATHFINDER | NHTSA

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2019 Buick Enclave Owners Report Engine and Transmission Nightmares: Your Rights and How We Can Help

Are you one of the unfortunate 2019 Buick Enclave owners facing frustrating and potentially dangerous engine and transmission problems? You’re not alone.

Many Buick Enclave owners have encountered alarming issues with their vehicles, and it’s crucial to know your rights and how to get compensation for these problems.


Real Owners Complaints from NHTSA

  1. Complaint ID: 11539079
    Incident Date: June 13, 2023
    Consumer Location: Hockessin, DE

“Our alternator went bad after only 4 years of use, and the dealer refused to cover the repair costs. This left our family stranded on the road at night when the car lost power, endangering us all. The engine and catalytic converter pipe issues resulted in a constant engine light, a frustrating ordeal at the dealership, and no replacement vehicle. To make things worse, the exhaust system failed due to a welding issue. Despite being under warranty, the dealer declined to fix it, instead asking us to pay for the replacement and labor.”

  1. Complaint ID: 11469253
    Incident Date: June 7, 2022
    Consumer Location: Orange Park, FL

“My safety was at risk due to stalling three times on busy roads after refueling my 2019 Buick Enclave. The evaporative emission canister purge and solenoid valve repeatedly failed when stopping, causing the car to stall, flutter, and enter neutral. Multiple restarts were necessary to get the car moving. This part was replaced twice, but the problems persisted. Even after the latest replacement, the vehicle struggled to drive, and the check engine light illuminated, accompanied by a loud noise.”

  1. Complaint ID: 11425610
    Incident Date: July 13, 2021
    Consumer Location: Houston, TX

“While descending downhill, the 2019 Buick Enclave unexpectedly accelerated despite the driver applying the brake pedal. The RPM surged to dangerously high levels, and the car repeatedly accelerated without warning. Despite stopping several times to cool the vehicle down, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not informed, and the issue posed significant safety concerns.”


Real Consumer Reviews from Edmunds

  1. Transmission Nightmare

    “Took it into the dealer after 2000 miles after it started shaking when accelerating. The dealership said it needed a new torque converter and we could drive it until the part was available. This was around New Years, we went back to get the Enclave, and the dealer said they were later told by GM just to flush the transmission as it had too much lubricant from assembly. We took it home, and it still shuddered.”

  2. Check engine light

    “At 16k miles we got a check engine light. Dealer said there were 2 transmission error codes. Check engine light went off and did not notice any transmission issues.”

  3. Buyer beware of the Check Engine light!

    “Our issues began 2 days after leasing a brand new 2019 Enclave. The check engine light came on at least once a month but no one could tell me why. Fast forward, 20 months later, and it died on us in the pouring rain. It was the Chassis Control Module. Once fixed, the heat was broken.”


How We Can Help You

If you own a 2019 Buick Enclave and have experienced these or similar issues, you may be entitled to compensation. Your safety is paramount, and manufacturers and dealers are responsible for addressing these problems. The Law Office of Howard A. Gutman specializes in helping consumers like you.


Why Choose Us?

  • Free Consultation: Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case in detail.
  • Legal Expenses Covered: You won’t need to worry about the cost of legal services. Car manufacturers and dealers are required to compensate car owners for legal expenses in such cases.
  • Experienced Legal Team: Our experts have a proven track record in handling cases related to automotive defects, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.


Take Action Now!

Your safety and peace of mind are priceless. Don’t let these issues with your 2019 Buick Enclave go unaddressed. Contact the Law Office of Howard A. Gutman today to protect your rights and explore your compensation options. You deserve a reliable and safe vehicle. Call us at (973) 598-1980 now for a free consultation.



  • Complaints for 2019 BUICK ENCLAVE | NHTSA
  • Used 2019 Buick Enclave Consumer Reviews | Edmunds

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2021 Kia Soul Transmission Problems: What You Need to Know

If you own a 2021 Kia Soul and have been experiencing transmission issues, you’re not alone. Many Kia Soul owners have reported significant problems with their vehicle’s powertrain, leading to safety concerns and frustrating experiences.

In this article, we’ll delve into the real complaints and concerns voiced by Kia Soul owners. Whether you’ve encountered shifting delays, grinding between gears, or hesitation during acceleration, it’s crucial to understand your rights and options.

Real Owner Complaints

Quote 1 from

“We bought a 2021 KIA Soul EX in August 2021. We started reading about major problems for the KIA Soul in 2021. The 2020s and 2021s have a major transmission problem… Kia has a great warranty, but the dealers are not very helpful in resolving the problem.”

Quote 2 from NHTSA Complaint:

“We were traveling on the freeway at 70 mph when the vehicle started surging and bucking, shaking violently… it was as if the vehicle was in neutral no matter where the shift selector was placed.”

Quote 3 from NHTSA Complaint:

“I own a 2021 Kia Soul with 34,130 miles… On 2/10/23, it started doing the same thing again… I bought a brand-new car to have reliable transportation to & from work, only to have to replace the transmission TWICE & be without my vehicle for nearly four months.”

Kia Soul Transmission TSB – Updating Software

Kia acknowledges the transmission issues with the Kia Soul and has taken steps to address them. They have released a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) called SC199, specifically addressing these problems.

This TSB recommends updating the transmission software, reprogramming the transmission control module, and, if necessary, replacing the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).

Lemon Law Rights for Kia Soul Transmission Problems

If you find yourself struggling with Kia Soul transmission problems, you may be entitled to lemon law relief. The frustrations, safety concerns, and inconveniences you’ve faced should not be your burden to bear alone. Our attorneys are well-versed in handling cases related to Kia Soul transmission problems, and we can guide you through the process.

The Impact on Kia Soul Owners

These transmission problems are more than just inconveniences; they can be a matter of safety. Imagine your Kia Soul losing power while you’re driving on the freeway, surrounded by heavy traffic.

This terrifying situation was the reality for one Kia Soul owner, as described in an NHTSA complaint:

“We were traveling on the freeway at 70 mph when the vehicle started surging and bucking, shaking violently. The rpm’s swung wildly… The engine produced power but nothing going to wheels, it was as if the vehicle was in neutral no matter where the shift selector was placed.”

What Lies Ahead

While Kia has taken steps to address these issues through TSB SC199, many Kia Soul owners are left wondering about the long-term reliability of their vehicles.

As one frustrated owner pointed out:

“I love the Kia Soul but what happens in six months? What happens when the warranty runs out? I bought it brand new and it’s on its 3rd transmission!!”

Taking Action

Your safety and satisfaction are of utmost importance. If you own a 2021 Kia Soul and have been plagued by transmission issues, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Our experienced Lemon Law attorneys are here to provide you with the assistance you need to seek compensation and resolution.

If you’ve experienced transmission issues with your 2021 Kia Soul, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our Lemon Law attorneys at (973) 598-1980 today for a free consultation and let us help you get the justice you deserve. Don’t let these problems go unresolved; take action now for a safer and more reliable driving experience.



  • Used 2021 Kia Soul Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
  • Complaints for 2021 KIA SOUL | NHTSA
  • 2021-2023 Kia Soul Problems – Top Engine & Transmission Complaints | mylemon


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