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Should I have ny transmission rebuilt or buy a new one? Which is cheaper?

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The cheapest is called an Over The Counter, when you remove it and take it to a Trans Shop to be rebuilt. The next is when they R&R it (remove & reinstall) along with rebuilding it. That's my choice,but I owned a shop in the 1990's. The next and not a bad idea , is called a CERTA or Remanufactured, that the shop buys and just installs. NEVER,NEVER install a used or salvage unit . NO ONE EVER-- buys a new one,not even a dealership. Transmissions are only new once and put in at the production assy plant when the vehicle is first made. After that all the trans are rebuilt using the original cases and the internal parts are called hard parts and are always used. The exception is a manual shift trans when you go mostly but not always to a dealer for just the parts that are worn out. When I left the bussiness your unit was going for about $1600.00 as a GM Certa and we got 14 to 16 to rebuild including $250 R&R. So I would guess $2000.00 but i would have to check. You can stop by or call a shop,Never a Dealer or local Garage with only two bays that doesn't do trans exclusively for a living.

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    Your not going to do a trans R&R on your back in the driveway , on a front wheel drive transaxle,you need a lift. Good luck with a rear wheel drive,which you do not have. They big,heavy and will hurt you ,laying under the car in the driveway. There was mention of a yard and crashed veh. What that means is when your trans is a basket case beyond repair,usually a bad case,you get a unit and rebuild it,NEVER install as is. NO Trans used in another vehicle previously is any good ,unless rebuilt. I did this for a living and could go on all night.


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Is cheaper to rebuilt get another in the yonk yard from a crash car is supost to be good they have a guaranty on it

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I would buy a re-built from a reliable auto parts center, something that has a good warranty, and if you are not putting it in yourself a LABOR warranry as well.
Make sure you do not forget to purchase a good re-built torque connvertor also.

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