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Replacing a transmission

Is it worth it? 1998 Explorer XLT 97,000 - never had any major problems before this - wouldn't move in reverse. Dealer says it can rebuild for $2,000 or replace for $3,000....not sure whether to just trade it in or get it fixed. Any suggestions?

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Get it Rebuilt. You can get it Rebuilt and it will outlast the Motor Compared to Paying the 45,000 they want for a New Model!

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