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Saturn no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 5th gear

Just backing out of the driveway, went to shift to 1st but no 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 5th gear and the stick swings kinda freely. It will go into 4th and reverse (which are side by side in position) and had to have the clutch depressed to be pushed, otherwise it felt like pushing it while it was in gear.

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Your shifter cables snapped (more specifically the connectors at the end of the cables, they are made out of nylon). Not good news 1) the cables are not made anymore you will have to find a place that might have some still in stock or go to a junk yard; 2) it requires dropping the ******; if your not able to do this yourself, you are looking at about $600 if you can even find the cables. I know what I'm talking about because mine snapped about 4 years ago and luckily some were still able to be found and I have a 98 Saturn SL. Good Luck!!! - Stu

Posted on Sep 07, 2012

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SOURCE: Saturn SW1 will not shift into 2nd, 4th, or reverse

no hydralic fluid in the resvoir look for the resvoir on the fire wall of the drivers side if its empty well fill it back up lol not sure if the sw1 has this but ive had too fix this problem before

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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My Saturn did the same thing - twice. Where the clutch cables connects to the shifter box(??) there is a little clip that had fallen off. The first time this happened, the mechanic told me that I needed to replace the whole shifter box - costing me $400 dollars. The second time - about two years later a different mechanic charged me $15 for the clip and labor.

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

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SOURCE: My 1997 Saturn SW1 will not shift into 2nd, 3rd,

The cables attach near the back of the transaxle. You may be able to see them under the brake lines. You will probably need to remove the air intake from the throttle body to get good access.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009

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SOURCE: It shifts into 3rd and 4th.But the stick is all

Howie I would go to a parts store or ebay and get a saturn shifter bushing repair kit. They cost about
20 bucks. If you can get the console out, then you can do this repair. If you have high speed access take a search on www.youtube.com for saturn shifter and i am sure there are videos of folks pulling the console and doing the bushing swap.

Posted on Nov 06, 2010

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SOURCE: 02 SATURN 5 SPD WILL 1ST AND 2ND GEAR WILL NOT

get yourself a saturn shifter bushing repair kit and install it. look on eBay, they cost less than 20 bucks

Posted on Apr 26, 2011

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The shift pattern is pretty much the same on all 5 speed cars. The top row is the odd numbers, 1-3-5
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Here is the key: The shifter is slightly spring-loaded to the center position. If you hold in the clutch pedal and pull the shifter to neutral, and let go of it, it will automatically be lined up in the position, that if you pushed it forward , it would go to 3rd gear, and if you pulled it back, it would go into 4th gear.
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