Just went out and did my weekly routine of checking over the tranny, power steering, and coolant fluid levels. Oil gets check at pretty much every fill of 92+ octane.
The checking over was going good until I got back from warming the car up to check the tranny fluid. Had been giving delayed 1-2 shifts yesterday afternoon, but this morning on the warm-up drive all seemed fine.
Arrived back home after the 10 minute drive, and popped the hood, pulled the trans dip stick. OH$#!*!!!!! CHUNKS!!!! BIG FRI**IN CHUNKS. So that'd explain my delayed 1-2 shifts. Looks like I severely damaged the clutches.
So now I looked up trannies on car-part and found one with 8k out of a 1998 SLE in Michigan for $700. A rebuild is going to cost $1200+ according to the shop that redid the 4T65E HD in my 1999 SSEi.
I also found a M15 code trans at a local yard (local being about 120 miles from me or within 10 miles of Jason) with 57k that was tested before they pulled it -asking $290.
Another option I don't really want to do but if it comes down to it I will get it, but IT is a trans out of a 1998 Bonneville SSE with 70k on it for $230 and it'* only 35 miles from me.
Which should I do?
The rebuild is really outta my price range, and 8K trans is a really
Because I my limit is under $1K including install ($300).
I personally would like to find a junk car with one in it and be able to test drive it BEFORE it is pulled, but the odds of that are very slim.