Call a transmission shop and ask what a complete rebuild will be. Then
decide who is the better shop and if the car is worth putting that much into
it. Chances are the dealer is going to swap out your for a rebuilt.
Considering the age and miles, you may want to consider a used tranny. I've
heard of some very good prices (like $700 installed and guaranteed) for
About this time last year I spent $2600 for a rebuild of my Buick tranny.
None of them are cheap.
I called the place in town that my friend recommended, and it was only
around $100 less for a rebuild - which I thought was ridiculous. Their
warranty was *slightly* better (the dealer is only giving me a 12k/12
Month warranty) but, I think with those numbers, I'm just going to suck
it up and go to the dealer.
Transmissions are expensive. I wouldn't consider this to be too far out
of line. You might find an independent shop that is cheaper, but I
doubt you will get below $1,500 if the tranny really needs to be
replaced. And will the local independent shop help you when you are on
vacation 1,000 miles from home?
Call a couple more dealers and compare. $2350 seems a bit high for a 2000
Elantra. Unless the prices in your geographic area are high, I expect
you'll be able to talk the dealer down to around $1800 to $2000 or so.
I'm assuming that would require me getting the car to other dealers. I only
live like 2 miles away from this one. I barely got it there... The other
place I called - a transmission place - quoted $2200 for a rebuild. Not
much incentive for that one...
Guess I'll just eat it!
Don't take it in just for an estimate. Call around and ask for the price
of an overhaul or replacement with reman. Most places should be able to
give you this over the phone. The most reliable estimates will be
replacement with reman, since the parts required won't change depending on
what's wrong with your transmission.
Quotes like $xxx plus parts should be ignored. If the quote is low enough
to justify the towing cost, then consider taking it there. I will say,
however, that considering relative prices, a factory reman is probably the
most reasonable and reliable way to go.
my 2001 elantra tranny let go with 230,000 km (140,000 miles) wrong tranny
fluid on a flush another story!!!
dealer quoted me $2,100.00 (canucks) for a factory rebuilt unit installed
taxes ect. or $ 1,200.00 for a tranny from a scrap yard.
so your price is a little high in my books.
So - I paid that money - two days later.... a big Buck when going into
drive..... Take it back. Get it back... two days later... a big BUCK when
going into drive... So, it's there - at the dealer - for the THIRD time!!!
What a hassle!!
So, here it is, April 29th, and my car is in for the THIRD time. I
haven't had it since April 9th for a stretch longer than 2 days...
They're putting in the SECOND transmission.
When I took it there, they said they don't deal with rebuilds - because
they're the dealer. That statement caused me to use them, and not the
place that said they'd put a rebuild in my car.
But on the phone, the dealer said ALL transmissions are rebuilt because
the only way to get a new one would be to get a new car!!!
So, either I misunderstood.....
However, about a week ago, I got a survey phone call from a service. I
tol them, "Are you aware that my car is STILL in the shop???" They
Anyway, the dealer gave me a 2007 Mercury Milan to tool around in for a
The story continues...
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