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Old 11-13-2005, 05:34 PM   #1
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So the tranny in my 1994 SE doesn't like to shift into reverse at all(prolly takes me about 2 mins to get it to go into gear), and once it gets there it makes a horrible grinding noise. Also of lately it doen'ts like going into drive that much but once it gets into drive it shifts smoothly and runs great.

So i have come up with 2 options: 1) Bring it to cottman transmission and have then fix it(prolly very expensive) Option 2) Buy a tranny at the local junkyard for $250 and bring it to a small garage around town and have them throw it in. To me option 2 sounds to be the cheapest solution. Anyone have any idea what a tranny swap might cost?

I am going to sell the car once this is fixed, so i really dont care about how reliable the tranny has to be for years to come. I know that sounds shady but thats how i see it right now.

So i look to you guys for my best option and ideas. Thanks for any help!
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It depends on how long you want to keep the car. If you plan on running it into the ground for the next 10 years then get a new tranny. If you want another year or 2 out of it i'd say a guaranteed used tranny and installation by a private shop is an OK way to go. I don't know what the labor rates there are but it'll probably cost you 200-300 to have it put in. Make sure and find the lowest mileage tranny you can though.
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I plan on selling the car once the tranny is fixed/replaced.
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Alec... please..please

You can probably get it swapped out for $300-500. they will need to pull both axles, drop the cradle and fight them in and out.
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Option 2 sounds like a good option to me!!! If the car is over 10 years old, all the parts I get for my car come from the yard!!! It shouldn't cost you anymore than $250.00 for them to install the tranny in your car. I would definately go used due to the age of the vehicle and obviously your budget!
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Well its a funny thing, about 11 hours after my first post i tried to back into my parking spot at work and she gave up :( Wouldn't go into an gear at ALL this time.

So I ended up getting outa work early, calling AAA, then calling this shop down the road from my work and the guy said the labor would be $275 and then with fluids about $300. So she got towed! I called up Granby auto salvage got a tranny for $250 and is being delivered to the garage tomorrow sometime. So hopefully she can be ready to run by the end of the week so i can throw a FOR SALE sign on her

Thanks for your help guys!
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Keep us posted on the progress, and be sure to tell the new owner about us.
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Well its a funny thing, about 11 hours after my first post i tried to back into my parking spot at work and she gave up :( Wouldn't go into an gear at ALL this time.

So I ended up getting outa work early, calling AAA, then calling this shop down the road from my work and the guy said the labor would be $275 and then with fluids about $300. So she got towed! I called up Granby auto salvage got a tranny for $250 and is being delivered to the garage tomorrow sometime. So hopefully she can be ready to run by the end of the week so i can throw a FOR SALE sign on her

Thanks for your help guys!

that is a decent deal since it is 8 hours of labor to remove and replace the other trans.
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yea i will gladly pass the new owner over here! GREAT WEBSITE! For me its just time to move on;and well she was my first car and treated me pretty well I'll miss her when she leaves
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See i TOLD you 200-300 dollars. It all depends on the labor, that shop must be around $55 an hour like the shop i work at, of course a bigger shop will be closer to $75-$80/hr.
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