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Old 08-23-2010, 01:25 AM   #1
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Since my trans started showing it'* first signs of letting go, I've been trying to decide between getting a new car or fixing my current one. Most of my "mods" (LEDs, speakers, clear corners, etc.) will be easy to switch to a new Bonneville if I do end up getting one.

I found a nice SLE for $1850. The only thing it needs is a blower motor. It has about 30,000 fewer miles than mine, and has a sunroof and charcoal interior.

What does everyone think?


*BTW, I call dibs on the SLE in case anyone else was looking for one.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:39 AM   #2
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nice, she looks very clean!
good luck!
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I'd go for getting the transmission serviced or replaced. If that'* the only problem on your SE, I'd just fix it and keep going. If you can do the repair yourself, you'll drive away with most of that $1850 in your pocket.

However, if you can't do transmission repair on your own or with another member'* help, you'd be spending about $1200 on a swap, and at least $1850 for a full rebuild -- in which case, the SLE is the more attractive option.
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I don't see it being that expensive. I had my transmission on my 95 Regal rebuilt at 144k, for $1100 including a new torque converter. At 217k, it was still shifting perfectly, but I did change the fluid twice between 144k and 217k. I learned that these transmissions can last a nice long time if you change the fluids, keep them cool with a transmission cooler, and watch for signs that something could go wrong. Fix it before it gets worse.

The transmission is for sale, though its for a w-body so it might not bolt up to your car. Someone else would have to verify it.

When was the last time you had your fluid and filter changed?
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I had my transmission on my 95 Regal rebuilt at 144k, for $1100 including a new torque converter.
While poking around local tranny shops last summer, the cheapest quote I got on a rebuild was $1800; the cheapest swap was $1250.

Of course, if you can steal a rebuild for $1100 like Andrei did, you'll have $750 left in your pocket for your next mod.
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Last fluid/filter change was ~6000 miles ago. I'm not sure if it had ever been done before that, because I had just bought the car.

The guy said this morning that $1600 would take it.
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Last fluid/filter change was ~6000 miles ago. I'm not sure if it had ever been done before that, because I had just bought the car.

The guy said this morning that $1600 would take it.
The $1100 i got charged was barely south of Chicago in a neighborhood transmission shop. They did an excellent job.

You could get a good low mileage used transmission for a fraction of that price.

Here'* an example. Not sure if this would fit your car, but its an example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TRANS...ht_2343wt_1166

I bought the transmission for my Regal from them. Mine cost me $225 shipped, and had 86k miles on it.

Just take a drive around your neighborhood and stop by transmission shops and see what they would charge. I didn't get mine done *that* long ago. It was barely 2006 or 2007 when I had it done. Or, I can refer you to a friend (who is getting my L67 swap done in my 95 Regal) I have in Lorain, OH (287 miles) who can swap transmissions for you for a fraction of what you would normally get charged, if you bring him a transmission to put in for you. I can get you in touch with him if you're interested. Come to think of it, getting a low mileage ebay transmission with a warranty and having him swap it for you would be a lot cheaper.
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I just gave him (Bob) a call to see how much he would charge. $400 for the transmission swap. If the transmission I just listed would work, then it would be a $750 job, plus gas and mileage for you to drive two cars there and one car back, twice or drive 1 car and take a train back twice.
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I say fix it up. If you buy another one it might be a ticking time bomb with lots of problems just waiting to happen.
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X2 on what Brian just said, that car could have alot more problems than yours
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