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A & B Automotive Remanufacturing Pty Ltd, Dandenong South just quoted the following for my 2004 Outback after getting a P0741 Lock-up Solenoid error:

TEST AND REPORT FOR TRANSMISSION FAULT
*REPORT

FTTTED SCANTOOL AND RECORDED FAULT CODES AND ADAPTION VALUES
TRANSMISSION = P0741 TORQUE CONVERTER CLUTCH MALFUNCTION

ABS: MOTOR RELAY SYSTEM

FL WHEEL SPEED SENSOR SIGNAL

RL " " " "

ENGINE: NO CODES EVIDENT
SEVERAL BCM CODES FOUND
ADAPTION VALUES ALL WITHIN SPECIFICATIONS
CLEARED ALL CODES

ROAD TEST VEHICLE MONITORING ALL TELEMETRY AND ASSESSING DRIVABILITY
FOUND TRANS TO THUMP ON 3-2 SHIFT
CONVERTER CLUTCH FAULTY (WILL NOT APPLY)AND CODE P0741 WILL BE LOG
TRANSFER CLUTCH HAS SHUDDER AROUND CORNERS. OIL LEAK FROM DIFF EVIDENT
FOUND ENGINE UNDERPOWERED, RUNNING ROUGH AND WILL NOT REV CLEAN. VIBRATION
EVIDENT WHILE STATIONARY JUST ABOVE IDLE, POSSIBLY DUE TO ENGINE FAULTS

CARRIED OUT OIL LEVEL AND CONDITION INSPECTION
ALL LEVEL CORRECT, CONDITION SERVICEABLE

TRANSMISSION WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED AND REPAIRED/REPLACED TO RECTIFY FAULTS.

ENGINE FAULTS WILL ALSO REQUIRE ATTENTION

COST TO SUPPLY AND INSTALL REPLACEMENT TRANSMISSION IS $5900.00


Don't think it deserves any comments from me.
 

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Place I buy parts from has a bunch of transmissions for your exact car for $350. Pay a trans shop $150 to install it and you've got your car back for $500. Though it's obvious this mechanic/shop is not going to be the place to help you repair it reasonably so you'll need a better place to work with.

Swapping in a used transmission is cheap and effective in the US anyway. They rarely fail so there's no demand and used ones are inexpensive.

$5,900 is absurd and not about helping a Subaru owner get another 100,000 reliable and reasonable miles out of a vehicle. I don't even think that car is worth that much in the US.

The engine codes aren't recorded but are probably rather benign.
 

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do you mind telling us how many k's on your car when you had the transmission fault.

I'm not too sure of costs, but i do know that when i had my Honda cr-v 2003 model, i got quoted on average about $3500 for a reconditioned transmission, i would assume that a new one in a Subaru will be more expensive
 

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178,000 kms on the clock, and the $5,900 quoted was for a reconditioned transmission, not new. Got a very real sense of being ripped off, as the spiel put out by their guy sounded like 100% BS. Probably thought "older woman wouldn't even know what the transmission is". So happens I have held a commercial pilots licence, and have a reasonable grasp of such things.
 

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Run, run fast, run away from that bloke. For our U.S. gurus, 178,000 Km is just a bit over 110,600 miles - still young for a 2004 Outback. My 2000 has 267,000 Km. They usually succumb to rust before a complete tranny failure. If I had a doctor tell me I had a terminal disease, I'd get a second opinion. Do you see where I'm going with this?

As I recall Melbourne has nearly as many folks as Sydney. Surely there is at least one decent Subaru mechanic there. I've got a guy here with a two bay garage who has worked on Subies for 30 years and is passing his knowledge on to his son (and me). Find "that guy" in your city. Let us know how it goes.
 

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In my pre-Subaru life and while living in Melbourne I learned to take my Lancer to Leo's Garage at Maribyrnong. Leo emigrated from Chile as a Subaru-trained mechanic and lacks that Aussie "she'll be right" approach, but at the same time won't recommend a new part if a used one will do. He's also disgusted by mechanics who exploit customers with limited mechanical knowledge. My experience with him was one of the things that inclined me to get a Subaru. Even if he's too far away for you or has too long a waiting list, he may be able to recommend someone on your side of town for parts and/or work.
 

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Try Pierre Collett motors in burwood, they are Subaru specialists.

This bloke you went to is trying to rip you. worst case, google "Subaru wreckers Melbourne" to try and source a replacement auto, then get it installed. I think mordy auto spares have a few subies.
 
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