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basilstetson 02-26-2009 06:19 PM

Cost To Replace Transmission?
 
I have a kid in college in Denver with a 1997 Outback Impreza AWD, 130K. Car went into a dealer (in a remote town) because of transmission noise and leaking fluid. Diagnosis from dealer: Leak is at the output shaft seal. When they pulled the drive shaft, the seal was melted, so the car has been running with low fluid and there is probably damage to the transfer case as well as the transmission. The dealer is quoting $2,500 to $3,000 for starters, depending on what they find. I am dealing with this long distance and would appreciate advice and wisdom. Here are a few questions:
1. I would think the transmission and transfer case could be repaired in the range of $2,000 to $2,500? Am I out to lunch on this?
2. Anyone have experience with independent transmission shops? Good idea, bad idea?
3. Anyone recommend a good independent Suby mechanic in Denver?
Thanks in advance for advice and help.

nipper 02-26-2009 06:30 PM

I would go for a used transmission myself. It would meet your budget.


Dealers dont like to do tranny work, so i tend to believe it when they say a car needs a tranny. And an honest shop will tell you just what they told you. You never quite know what a tranny rebuild will need untill you get into it.


If no one here can help try http://www.ultimatesubaru.org
Also www.cartalk.com has the mechanic files, where they can direct you to a shop recomended by thier listeners.

nipper

ETC 02-27-2009 12:45 AM

i had a house out there for a couple years [fort collins] but, never had to use a suby mechanic. plenty of those cars out there so finding a good used trans shouldn't be a big issue.

see if this helps any

http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/r-Subaru-Denver-m53_L3898

basilstetson 02-27-2009 11:37 AM

Thanks for both replies.

I went to the Car Talk site and found a mechanic who has an excellent reputation over 10+ years. They don't do auto transmissions, but referred me on to a good tranny shop. The quoted cost is $1,800 to $2,200 depending on the damage with a 3 year, 36,000 mi. warranty. So, the price is a good bit less than the dealer.

Now it's really coming down to a business/financial decision. Kelly Blue Book has the private party retail value at about $3,700 for this car in good condition. Tranny $2,200 + towing $400 + 2 rear struts $700 = $3,300. I haven't figured tax or Murphy's Law!

kmltick 02-27-2009 02:17 PM

Give these guys a call: http://www.subaperformance.com/

They're a Subaru performance shop that does swaps, but mainly they may know someone or have a client who's done an auto to Manual swap and is looking to sell the tranny. Or you can try the wreckers through car-part.com

nipper 02-27-2009 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by basilstetson
Thanks for both replies.

I went to the Car Talk site and found a mechanic who has an excellent reputation over 10+ years. They don't do auto transmissions, but referred me on to a good tranny shop. The quoted cost is $1,800 to $2,200 depending on the damage with a 3 year, 36,000 mi. warranty. So, the price is a good bit less than the dealer.

Now it's really coming down to a business/financial decision. Kelly Blue Book has the private party retail value at about $3,700 for this car in good condition. Tranny $2,200 + towing $400 + 2 rear struts $700 = $3,300. I haven't figured tax or Murphy's Law!

If we all made repair decisions off of kelly bluebook (which woefully undervalues cars) we would all be driving 3 year old cars.

Using that alone is a poor business decision.

Buy another car you have to find it, insure it, pay taxes and most likley need to do a lot of maint on it that you already have done on your own car.


nipper


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