I know this sounds silly but here goes.
I need my tranny Fixed on the 94 tbird, it only has 108K miles on it.
I do NOT have enough money to buy another car.
About, approximate, how much would it cost to get my transmission
And considering that cost, what kind of car[any make/model] could I
get if I used the repair money.
It's hard to find things like this online, I've tried for days.
There are a couple of issues here.
Replacing / rebuilding the transmission should cost less then $2000.
You have to check with the local tranny shops in your area to get a real
The cost is usually less for a RWD car than a FWD car.
If the exhaust system is in the way of the job and it is rusted badly you
might have to add a new exhaust system to the bill.
If you plan on keeping the car for a long time you might want to get a crate
tranny from Ford. Later versions of the tranny have stronger internals.
see the tranny section under tech articles of www.tccoa.com for more
Should you keep it or get something else cheap ?
Is there anything else failing on the car ? head gaskets ? heater core ?
rust thru ?
If you bought another car in that low end price range you are replacing a
car with known problems with a car with potential unknown problems.
How much are you willing to spend on the new used car to get that one to a
usable point ?
Example: a few years back my mom bought a used one year old Sable wagon off
a dealers lot. It was a turn in from a corporate fleet. Even though it
basicly seemed ok at time of purchase she had to bring it back numerous
times for reprogramming the computer for driveability issues, blown
speakers, and a significant hidden water leak (cracked center brake light
housing) that left about 20 gallons of water under the third row seat after
big rain storms.
new or different is not always better, sometimes you get lucky, sometimes
true there, who knows why a car is being sold?
I looked around the net a bit and ran into a rebuilt for $1150 @
I have no experience with them but they appear legit from outward
Personally, if you like your bird as much as I do mine, I would think it
worthwhile if it is otherwise rock solid and the common issues are already
dealt with,(I believe plastic intake manifolds were a problem with these?
and possibly head gaskets, that may have just been a 3.8 issue though,
dunno, or due to the cracked intakes..)..
Although the end cost might not equal the blue book value, there's something
more to the value of a car you know and trust, certainly difficult to get
anything else trustworthy at that cost..
I just spent about $1500 on head gasket repair for my '93 with the V6. I
considered it less expensive than car payments and I really do love this
car. Mine only has about 120k on it. Other than wear items like tires and
a bad injector, I haven't spent very much on repairs. I sure can't buy a
car this fun for anywhere near the repair price.
For what it's worth...
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