88k??? that's not even vaguely dumpable by honda standards. who's
telling you the transmission is dead? what are the symptoms? what's
wrong with the clutch? does it slip or is it just not going into gear?
be VERY beware is the person telling you you need to spend so much money
is also offering to buy it off you!
I had two different mechanics tell me I had an issue with the
transmission. It makes a horrible noise in 2nd gear b/w 2000-3000 rpms.
The clutch, also two independent assessments, has a bad release
bearing. Should I just replace the whole clutch or just the release
bearing? What should I pay for a used transmission? $500?
They will be ripping the whole thing apart to get at the bearing anyways.
Why not try a reputable import trannie shop to see if the trannie can be
rebuilt? The 5 speeds are not that complex, 2nd and 3rd gear sets go for
about $200-300 each from Honda. Or maybe once they open it they discover its
not that serious.
Check the clutch parts for wear, and if there is any, replace those parts.
They are not that expensive.
Always use Honda OEM parts.
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