I think the issue you are having is a bit different than the single 35R wave plate. In either case my dealer wanted to do the same as yours and tear down the unit before knowing if the repair would be covered. Its a stressful 3 days while they do this, but if the wave plate is the culprit, atleast you have the chance of being covered.ford77nutt said:05/08 build date. Total transmission failure at 80700 miles. Any gear position equals neutral. Buick dealer wants $5201.00 to replace trans with rebuilt unit. I have called the Buick, GM, and Pontiac phone numbers trying to get some assistance. NO LUCK. My previous GM vehicle went 245000 miles. This transmission problem with the wave plate failure is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!! If any one could please advise, it would be greatly appreciated. Being disabled and with no job, we thought this would be our last vehicle. It just might be.
So, Buick just called. They are not going to do anything!! Oh wait a minute they say that the dealership has to tear the transmission down. THEN Buick will decide if they will help pay for it. If they don't, then we have to pay for fixing the transmission. Buick dealership here is the most expensive place. 5,201! If we choose not to use Buick dealership WE have to pay for the tear down for a price of $1500.00! I am so mad. I bought this Buick and really liked it but I will NEVER buy another Buick. They knew this transmission was poorly designed. No recall because it is not a safety issue. Let's see....if I am driving down I-10 and the transmission goes out, I wonder if it is a safety issue then. I am so mad
I guess my point is that they cannot honour a warranty without first tearing it down.