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Check all shift linkage under truck for loose bushings. Check also for bad transmission mount, engine mounts, bent linkage, etc. Also can be a problem inside transmission, often able to be fixed in the car by removing the trans lower pan to make repairs.
Follow The Hose From The Air Filter Housing It Goes To The Throttle Body Assembly.... Then Follow The TV Cabe From The Transmission To The Throttle Body Linkage The Grommet Usually Brakes Causing The Transmission Not To Shift Correctly Or Not At All.... The Grommet is Pressed Into The Throttle Body Linkage Pretty Simple Fix!!!!
If it indicates on the dash as being in D, but you never feel it shift out of 3, the problem could be as simple as checking your transmission fluid level and top off as needed or a bent linkage that prevents the transmission from engaging D. Try setting the shifter between N and D and see if it shifts up out of 3 to D. If that works, the linkage between the shifter in the cabin has been loosened or bent. This should be a relatively easy fix for your mechanic.
If when checking the transmission fluid level, it is found to be brown or smells burnt; it may indicate a larger, more expensive repair. Transmission fluid should be pinkish / red in color and smell like hydraulic fluid or oil.
I don't know about reasonable. I don't know how they can assess something they have not seen with a price like that unless they are gunning for a full transmission replacement which is shady, in my opinion. Some other possibilities should have been voiced. Yes it could be the transmission needs replaced but there are some things to consider and check first.
Have you checked the transmission fluid level yet? Low fluid will butterfly the transmission.
Fluid over 50,000 miles needs replaces as well. Don't do this yet unless you get the transmission going or it may be a waste of money. If you get it going again and the miles call for it then flush the transmission fluid.
When is the last time you changed the transmission filter and gasket (sold as a kit)? A really clogged filter can inhibit your vehicle like that and make it not drive.
Open the hood and look at the transmission linkage. Now have someone get into the car and put their foot on the brake and drop it into gear. Do you see the linkage (on top of the transmission) move back and forth as they switch gears? If not then the linkage is hung up somewhere. If not then the linkage may be fine.
These are some things to look at before you go for the new transmission. I might suggest you get the opinion of a transmission shop first or at least the opinion of someone willing to do a little diagnosing first.
ok sounds like the transmission might be your problem
first you would need to change the transmission filer by pulling the transmission plate and draining and replace filter and fluids new fluids prefferably. if that doesnt fix it. you could have a sensor or computer part out only real way to know is to take to shop to get looked at. hope this helps good luck
Have someone operate the gear shift while you watch the mechanism on the transmission so that you know what parts you are looking for. Shift into the park position, then uncouple the linkage and move the lever on the transmission fully into the park position. Then adjust the length of the linkage while holding the driver's lever in the park position so that the linkage connector goes back together without pulling on anything.