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Old 11-02-2006, 10:57 AM   #11
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I went to one transmission shop with that piece and they did identified it as a thrust washer. They said I have two choices, one drive it until it goes. Since it'* still driving fine, that'* what he said he would do. or two get it overhauled now so I don't have to worry about breaking down on the side of the road. Cost would be between 1600-2200 depending on how much is needed. I also called two others and told them what was found and they also said that it'* time to rebuild it. I think I am going to ride it out and I'm pretty sure I'll rebuild it when it goes. But I am also going to look into getting a newer one early next year and just drive this one to work. I know the car is only worth 2K and that'* what it will cost just to rebuild it but to me it'* worth it if nothing else is a problem when it does go. I'll call it my beater. Thanks everyone for your comments and please wish my tranny luck.
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You could also source a used one close to you in the meantime.

Sometimes swapping, especially if you can do it yourself, can be more cost effective than rebuilding.
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You could also source a used one close to you in the meantime.

Sometimes swapping, especially if you can do it yourself, can be more cost effective than rebuilding.
That'* a little more work than I would want to do myself.
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It'* also possible your mechanic could put another one in for a lower cost. $1600-$2200 is quite a bit, and very average for a rebuilt transmission.
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It'* also possible your mechanic could put another one in for a lower cost. $1600-$2200 is quite a bit, and very average for a rebuilt transmission.
I don't know what a good price would be yet. I have to do some homework to find out. His price was with a 2 year 24K warranty. I know they do good work from second hand info. That'* why I went to them first.
When you say to see if it may be cheaper just to replace it how? I know the local Pep Boys or Advance Auto sell rebuilt ones but I personally wouldn't trust one from them.
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I mean buying a used one. Either from a junkyard or other person. Depending on possible warranties or the amount you are willing to spend to keep the car running, it may be a viable option.
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I mean buying a used one. Either from a junkyard or other person. Depending on possible warranties or the amount you are willing to spend to keep the car running, it may be a viable option.
Oh, gotcha. I'll see what a used one cost and labor cost to install it. I'm hoping to not have to do it for a while longer. Thanks
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Around here, the cost of installing a good used transmission into a 2000 Grand Prix was $800 from 3 different sources.
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I've had pieces like this show up in the pans of several other cars, and only one of them ever actually had the trasmission eventually fail and require rebuilding, and even it lasted for a couple years after the parts were found in the pan.

So while the voice of common sense tells me to agree with everyone and tell you to get it done now, my own experience is to tell you to just keep driving the car. Very often in my experience the transmission even with the missing/broken thrust washer has outlived the rest of the car. That also gives you time to keep your eyes open for a good deal on a low-mileage used tranny, so that if yours ever does fail, you have a replacement ready to bolt up. (Or just don't worry about it and deal with it if it ever fails.)
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