Honda Civic 2000 -- the end or the beginning?

2000 Civic with 100,000 miles on it.. It has been sitting for 3 years in an indoor garage.
So... Replaced the battery, muffler, ran seafoam through the system,
changed the oil, checked spark plugs and fluid, did a very thorough check up..
After a week or so on the road, my transmission seems to be failing. Very slow to accelerate. After driving it around a bit, it became obvious that it was not shifting, only driving in a stuck gear (my car is a 3 speed + overdrive, automatic)..
I'm going in to get it looked over, but my long winded question is how much should I expect it to cost worst case scenario -- rebuilding the transmission? The auto guy said it might just be a speed controller thing.. which I'm guessing would cost less. My friend gave me a cost estimate (if I have to rebuild) somewhere around 1000-1500 dollars.
Would spending that money on a 2000 Civic LX be worth it? Or should I just cut my losses and put that money down on a new/used car? I'm really torn.
Thanks for any feedback!
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janellelk, wrote the following at or about 3/31/2011 9:55 AM:

I'm not going to try to do your number crunching for you, that's your problem<g>
What I will say is that $1,000-$1,500 for a transmission rebuild doesn't seem out of line.
I had a transmission fail in Buick Regal circa 1997 and a transmission rebuild on that was $1,300.
Then, again, in 2004 I had to have a remanufactured transmission installed in a 3 year old Buick Park Aveue (see a pattern here and why I now drive Hondas?<g>) That cost $2,450 at the GM dealership to install a Mr. Goodwrench Certified Rebuilt that actually had a much better warranty on it than did the original transmission as it rolled off the assembly line. What was and remains puzzling to me was that the deal offered by the dealership beat the snot out of a rebuilt or remanufactured transmission from some private garages or the chain transmission shops.
YMMV
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On 03/31/2011 07:55 AM, janellelk wrote:

the 2000 lx is 4 speed plus lockup clutch.
and "slow to accelerate" needs more explanation. does it slip in any ratio? does it not go into first? or are you simply used to driving a carrera 4?

why would you pay that kind of money for a rebuild when you can get a low mileage used jdm transmission for a few hundred? apart from anything else, the low mileage jdm is likely going to be much more reliable.

i don't see anything to be torn about. you can get the transmission replaced for a good deal less than you'll lose in depreciation on a new vehicle. just find someone to repair the vehicle without overcharging you [as seems to be the case at present] and enjoy about another 200k miles of carefree motoring.

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On Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:55:56 -0500, janellelk

You didn't mention Tranny fluid replacement ?
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On Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:55:56 -0500, janellelk

I'm having a 2001 automatic rebuilt in Brooiklyn for about $1750. I imagine that's high compared to the rest of the country, but it's not out of line with experiences other people I know have had.
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wrote:

Forgot to add that includes replacing a broken transmission mount.
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