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2000 Subaru Outback manual transmission rebuild

Our 2000 Subaru Outback with 5-speed manual transmission went in for 150,000 mi check & dealer service found gear teeth & rust in transmission box. Dealer is talking about rebuilding part of transmission for about $3700. Would it be better to buy whole rebuilt transmission assembly to put in - or get one from a junk yard?

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  • margies4 Sep 13, 2009

    We just took the car in for 150,000 mile check up. Hadn't noticed any problems. No deep water - just regular driving that consists of some around town & usually once a week for an hour on interstate. Dealer did say there was rust and metal filings in the manual transmission oil, along with the gear tooth. Dealer wants to replace/rebuild about 65% of the transmission parts.

  • Gene Tuck May 11, 2010

    How did the dealer happen to find broken gear teeth in the transmission. Were you having a problem and asked him to check it? And did he say he found rust in a transmission that is filled with oil? Have you been driving in deep water?

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I would want to see that for myself, or get a second opinion. That really sounds suspicious since they claimed there was rust in a box that was mostly filled with oil. And I can't see any logic in paying a lot of money to fix a transmission that is working. Why don't you take it to another shop and ask them to change the transmission oil, and to save the old oil for you to look at. It would be even better to change the oil yourself. Don't tell the dealer what you are doing. The best thing would be to just pick up your car, as is. If it is a scam, they could put some stuff in the transmission if you give them time to do it. In fact, they may have already done that. I can't say it's a scam, but it sounds like it could be if you haven't done anything that would have broken off teeth in the transmission. And if teeth are broken off you should be able to hear it while accelerating at low speed in each gear.

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