Bunge's Automotive Blog
When it comes to car repairs, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to hear from your mechanic: “It’s your transmission.” If your vehicle has more than 100,000 miles and your repair shop tells you the problems you are experiencing are internal to your transmission, you should really only consider two options: replace the vehicle or replace the transmission. But be forewarned—either option will be expensive.
To make an informed decision, consider the following. First, what other problems does the vehicle have? We had one customer who knew the engine was knocking, the vehicle's main computer needed replacement and the instrument cluster needed to be rebuilt. They (rightfully so) elected to replace the vehicle. Ask yourself how much rust your vehicles has; if the body/frame and fuel and brake lines aren’t rotted, you should probably opt to just replace the transmission.
Maybe the main decided factor for you is price of transmission replacement and what your car is worth. The actual transmission repair is about $1,500, but with added labor can reach $2,000 to $3,000. If your car is only worth $5,000 or $6,000 dollars, it might be better to cut your losses and invest in a new vehicle.
If you are in need of a transmission, I would start with the shop you know and trust to repair it for you. If you need to shop around, be sure to ask the right questions. Are you rebuilding the