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When is rebuilding a transmission worth it?

I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Feb 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Tow dolly or car carrier?

I'm having trouble figuring out if I can use a tow dolly to tow my car halfway across the country, or if doing so would destroy the transmission. [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Jul 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice on a car purchase

Thinking of buying a 2013 Ford Focus Automatic. Big Manufacturer incentives right now. My one concern: lots of reports on car forums about transmission "shudder" that Ford appears to have blamed on programming alone for the last 2 years, but many owners say the reprogramming didn't solve things. I cant tell for sure that the most recent cars coming off the line are affected. Seems hard to get reliable information. Thoughts?
posted by dougiedd on Mar 17, 2013 - 9 answers

So much regret.

Is it my transmission, my clutch, or something else? Shifting into 2nd gear from 1st, constant acceleration (gas pedal) but the car stutters (surges forward, almost stalls, surges forward, almost stalls with concomitant spiking of RPM). [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Mar 4, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

My car is doing a thing (and I would like it to stop)

My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jul 24, 2012 - 12 answers

How much would replacing a transmission celluloid on a 2001 Saturn run?

My 2001 Saturn's transmission celluloid has gone out. It can be reached through the oil pan so it's fairly accessible as transmission repairs go. What's a reasonable price to expect for this repair? I'm just looking for a ballpark so I might know if I'm getting hosed in the estimate when I get it next week.
posted by Issithe on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Am I going to kill my car by keeping it stopped?

Is it a bad idea to slightly accelerate on a steep uphill slope to keep a car with an automatic transmission stopped? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jun 16, 2012 - 24 answers

The Mystery of the Always-Backward-Funky-Forward Subaru

Our wagon has a quirky automatic transmission—the same problem with little change for six years: Sometimes it won’t shift into drive, but it will always always engage in reverse. The go-to fix? Drive backward to a slope that enables a rolling start forward, shift into drive and tap-tap the gas until, eventually, *clunk* it engages. Diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Recommendations for a transmission shop on the far northside of Chicago

I need a recommendation for a good transmission shop on the northside of Chicago. Bonus points for Evanston, Rogers Park, and the surrounding areas. [more inside]
posted by who squared on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Please don't break, old beat-up car

My car gave a big "kick" while accelerating. Is my transmission about to die? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Feb 3, 2012 - 16 answers

A solution so obvious, it must be wrong.

Why don't electric cars use smaller motors with multiple-speed transmissions? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Aug 17, 2011 - 15 answers

my honda civic has trouble going into reverse. why?

our 2006 honda civic EX sedan (automatic) is having occasional problems shifting into reverse. we're taking it in to be fixed, but i want to try and read up on this beforehand. fascinating details inside. [more inside]
posted by patricking on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Sell a dying car?

I have a 2001 Honda Accord with a potential transmission problem. I owe about $4000 on it, it's worth about $3500-4000K and the transmission will likely be $3000. Do I keep it or sell it? [more inside]
posted by gyroscope on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me figure out if I need to replace my car transmission!

How do I know replacing my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer transmission is the only option? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla?

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla? I've got a line on a 1997 Corolla with 150k on the engine, but the transmission was replaced five years ago (after dying at 125k) with a used transmission from JapanDirect. That transmission now has ~75k on it, in addition to whatever it had before it was installed. I'm having my mechanic look at the car this week, but have no idea if any of this is a warning sign. Is JapanDirect reliable, in your experience? Would you buy a used car with a replacement transmission?
posted by mediareport on Jan 23, 2011 - 14 answers

rough ride

'97 Corolla rumble: I think the transmission or clutch is suspect. What should this cost to fix, and are there more durable components that could be installed for future driving? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Jun 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Is this normal for an AT Subaru?

Looking to buy a Subaru Forester XT. I'm concerned with the transmission, however maybe this is normal for the Subaru auto tranny? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Jun 17, 2010 - 5 answers

What could have been removed from the engine compartment?

What part could you remove from a car engine that would suddenly limit power to 3000RPM? [more inside]
posted by lovejones on May 2, 2010 - 19 answers

in cars

I am disappointed in my relationship with my 97 Honda Civic. Maybe you can give me some advice. YANMM. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

No car, no job

My car is about to die, but I'm in jeopardy of losing my job very soon. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly on Feb 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Worth the trouble to try to sell my car piecemeal?

[Posted for a friend:] I posted this a while back. Today I was talking with someone about the car, and he offered me $400 for it. He's coming back by on Monday. Quick recap: it's a high mileage 97 Hyundai Sonata with a busted transmission. [more inside]
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America on Jan 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Why won't my car go in reverse?

Please diagnose my car problem! [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Nov 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Tranny problems (no, the other kind)

Should I replace the transmission or replace the car? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Is my transmission dying?

Is my car transmission dying? [more inside]
posted by geos on Oct 14, 2008 - 7 answers

"Do I need a new transmission?"

Have you ever had your car's axle stuck in the transmission? What did you do about it? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive on Aug 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Vrooom. Put put put put put.

Is my car broken? I somehow managed to stall my automatic transition. WTF? Is it a crazy fluke, or possibly a sign of trouble? The car is a 2001 Subaru Forester. [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas on Jul 29, 2008 - 18 answers

Brought a car in for service during warranty, and it wasn't fixed. Do they still have to fix it later?

During the warranty period, we took are car in twice for what I assumed was a transmission problem. Both times they told us it we were crazy. Now I think the problem has rendered the car undriveable, but the warranty is expired. Are we screwed? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt on Apr 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Is the transmission dying again?

CarFilter: Why does my transmission hate me so? [more inside]
posted by winston on Mar 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Clutch Problem #2.

Mechanic Question: Even though I just changed the clutch, it still won't start. The starter runs, the flywheel and some of the transmission is turning (I can hear it loud and clear), but it won't fire; it just spins. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jan 26, 2008 - 85 answers

What's wrong with my car's clutch?

Standard-transmission-filter: the point of engagement of the clutch (in my mid-90s Acura Integra, if it matters) has suddenly moved, and I now have to push the clutch pedal almost to the floor in order to get the transmission to disengage. What's going on, and how much is it likely to cost to repair? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Dec 2, 2007 - 18 answers

How to teach someone to drive stick?

How do I teach my wife to operate a manual transmission? [more inside]
posted by rush on Sep 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family?

Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Sep 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me drive up a hill safely.

I'm driving an automatic car for the first time. How should I safely move off when stationary in heavy traffic pointing up a steep hill? [more inside]
posted by thparkth on Jun 10, 2007 - 18 answers

Neutral while driving?

Is it OK to switch to neutral while driving a car with automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy on Feb 28, 2007 - 34 answers

What's up with the acceleration!?

What's going on with my girlfriend's car? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Oct 23, 2006 - 16 answers


What's rattling under the hood of my car? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Oct 20, 2006 - 6 answers

do i have a tranny problem

is it my clutch? or my tranny? or somthing else? i drive a 2002 vw gti stick shift. since yesterday, when i give it some gas it revs up for a few seconds before it kicks in and the car actually goes with it. this never happened before. it matters not if i am shifting or in gear , it happens when i give it gas in either case. i seached and read a post about something similar when it was cold and it taking some time to catch gears, but i dont think this is similar, it kicks in after about 1-3 seconds (for now, i guess), and its still summery warm here... help me out, god i wish i was a mechanic instead of a sysadmin.
posted by fumbducker on Sep 8, 2006 - 15 answers

To transmission flush or not to transmission flush? That is the question.

To transmission flush or not to transmission flush? That is the question. [more inside]
posted by geeky on Sep 1, 2006 - 16 answers

Should I save my dying van?

My van's transmission is very sad. It's on the verge of being considered a junker car: should I repair it or buy another crappy car? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Aug 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Zoooooooommmm.... not so much.

Hey! Know a good subaru repair shop in Palo Alto? What about the Mission side of SF? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Dec 9, 2005 - 9 answers

Is my transmisison broken?

Another car question. I have a nine year old automatic car with a seven year old engine. Lately in the cold when I put it into reverse and put on the gas, the car just revs. Then after a little bit I feel a shifting clunk and the car is in reverse. I back out of my space and put it into drive at which point, if it's cold enough, the same thing happens. I coast in neutral, accelerator does nothing but rev for a little while, then I feel it push into gear and can go forever, including to full stops and on again the whole day. Even on cold days, after being parked it works fine. When it's not cold, this doesn't seem to happen. So 0.5) is this related to my transmission at all, 1) is my transmission on the way out, 2) is it more dangerous than I think to drive it, and 3) will I need a whole new transmission or just a minor repair? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Feb 22, 2005 - 18 answers

Condisering buying a manual car

I'm interested in buying a car with a manual transmission. Unfortunately, while I've driven with a manual a couple of times in the past, I'm still very inexperienced. What's the best way to practice prior to getting the new car or without ruining the gears on my new car (or causing traffic problems)? And is it even worthwhile to get a manual these days if I don't already know how to drive one? Keep in mind this car would be used for daily commutes through moderate to heavy traffic. [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Feb 2, 2005 - 52 answers

Why is my gear stick/stick shift wobbling and stuck in 2nd gear?

I was stop and go driving for about an hour today (hanging flyers for my job; the car's a manual transmission '95 Saturn) and after I finished I was heading back to the store when I hear a pop and my stick shift is just wobbling around. I still have to hold the clutch to start the car but it is stuck in second gear so I can get it going but only drive 10-15mph. What in the hell just happened?
posted by untuckedshirts on Jul 9, 2004 - 11 answers

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