One of the more expensive repairs that can be made in any vehicle is a transmission repair. The very idea of having to repair or replace the transmission in a car, SUV or truck is enough to raise a person’s blood pressure. Besides being potentially pricey, it’s not a type of repair that can be held off for a week or two while you wait for your next paycheck. If the transmission is not working, your vehicle is usually not moving, or getting pretty close to not moving.
There are three ways a transmission can be fixed. The first is to do a transmission repair. The second is to have the transmission rebuilt and the third is to install a different transmission. The new transmission can either be a brand new one ordered from the factory or it can be a remanufactured transmission. Each type of repair just listed offers different advantages and disadvantages.
A transmission repair is usually the least expensive type of repair, but it only focuses on solving the immediate problem with the transmission. It does not doing anything preventative for the long run.
Rebuilding the transmission is a step up. It costs a little more but offers the vehicle’s owner added piece of mind because the repair is more thorough. A rebuilt transmission is taken apart by the mechanic and thoroughly checked over. The mechanic replaces any broken or worn parts and then the transmission is reassembled and reinstalled in the vehicle.
Many people mistakenly think that a rebuilt transmission and a remanufactured transmission are the same thing. They aren’t. A transmission that has been remanufactured has gone through an entirely different process than a rebuilt one. A remanufactured transmission has been taken completely apart. Virtually every vital component of the transmission has been replaced with new parts and then the transmission is reassembled. Typically the only part of the old transmission that remains with the remanufactured transmission is the outside transmission housing. Otherwise, it is basically a brand new transmission, without the cost.
A remanufactured transmission is a bit more pricey than one that has been rebuilt because the remanufacturing process is a lot more labor intensive and time consuming. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, a remanufactured transmission can cost anywhere between $300 and $3000. Remember, you will also have to pay for labor. Depending on the mechanic, that can run anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour. Most mechanics don’t actually remanufacturing the transmission themselves. They order the remanufactured transmission from a supplier. The warrantee you get with a remanufactured transmission should be right around 5 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Many people choose remanufactured transmissions over brand new ones because of the price savings. There is no reason to choose a brand new transmission in most circumstances. Remember, they are basically the same thing except for the outside transmission casing. There is generally no quality differences between the two. Both a brand new transmission and an remanufactured one should last about the same amount of time.