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Old 05-18-2007, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rebuild Transmission or buy used

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I just found out the transmission on my 94 automatic 2WD 4Runner is slipping in 2nd gear and overdrive. Do you think I should have somebody rebuild it or buy a used one? I wouldnt be able to do it myself cuz Im pretty worthless when it comes to cars. If I should buy a used one, whats the best way to go about that?

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Old 05-18-2007, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get it rebuilt, make sure that it comes with a warrenty. Buying used is too much of a risk, IMO. You don't know that it is in any better condition than the one you are taking out!!
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Old 05-19-2007, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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wow sounds exactly like my issue but it's in first. i dropped it off at a shop to get a diagnosis but i'm pretty sure that it's the clutches so probably looking at a rebuild. shop said that it's 1700 for a used and 2500 for a rebuilt. the guy at the shop recommended a rebuild because even though a used comes with a 6 mo warranty who knows what your getting. He did say that these tranny's are very reliable and rarely need to be worked on so you could get lucky with a used one.
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oooops

Thought we were talkin MANUAL...

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IMHO either get a budget junkyard tranny ($300 max) and swap it yourself
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Get a rebuilt from Marlin.

IMHO - local shops end up costing MORE than an Marlin rebuild...
Not that they are trying to rip ya off (tho they could be) - its that it takes em longer as they are not Toyota Tranny specialists...

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Old 05-19-2007, 04:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Marlin doesn't do autos...does he?
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You could buy a couple used ones for the price of a rebuild, and you'd have less downtime by swapping in a used trans. Seems obvious to me!
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i know they got 1 95 4runn 3.0 auto tranny 2wd
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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wow sounds exactly like my issue but it's in first. i dropped it off at a shop to get a diagnosis but i'm pretty sure that it's the clutches so probably looking at a rebuild. shop said that it's 1700 for a used and 2500 for a rebuilt. the guy at the shop recommended a rebuild because even though a used comes with a 6 mo warranty who knows what your getting. He did say that these tranny's are very reliable and rarely need to be worked on so you could get lucky with a used one.


WOW, You can get 1 rebuilt around here if you shop around 300-500 if you pull it and put it back.1700 is 3 times what i paid for my whole truck!! Kinda glad i live down here in the sticks sometimes
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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2500 for a good rebuild is nothing. A lot of work goes into transmissions...especially automatics. I've taken automatic transmissions at the CC and I don't think I will attempt my trans when I need to rebuild. At least not without someone who knows what they are doing at my side. There are a million places to screw up! Very labor intensive.
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$2500 for a rebuilt 2wd is excessive.
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Is the actual process of removing a transmission and putting another transmission into the vehicle difficult?
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A good low mileage test driven used tranny will beat out a reduild ANY day. 99% of so called "rebuilt" trannys on have one or two components replaced (usually just a syrncho or bearing) then its reassembled and called "rebuilt". You still have the same high mileage gears, etc.

With a low mileage test driven tranny, you DO know what you are getting. Not sure where everyone gets this negative perception of wrecking yards from, but I can tell you for 100% that we know EXACTLY what we are selling at my yard.
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most yards accept returns on the parts if they don't work, but it would be worth the 1700 difference to find out. You gotta have a tranny jack, no way to take a n auto out without one.
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k my tranny's shot. the shop said that going w/ a used one is the best option. they said it's $2100 for the used and to install it. what kinda price should i be looking at to get this kind of job done?
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depends on what kind of used tranny they are putting in. Check mileage, test
driven or not, and warranty.
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not sure what the mileage is but what kind of mileage should i be looking for?
as to warranty, 6 mo parts and labor. it's a pretty well known shop and sounds like they do good work and back it up.
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