Originally Posted by Rage-aholic
My 2005 Dakota has 76000 miles on it now. For the last month and a half the tranny has been slipping when trying to come out of overdrive. I have also noticed that if I take off hard from a dead stop the tranny feels like its slipping a little during acceleration, so I dont do that unless it cant be avoided. I have changed the tranny filter and throttle position sensor hoping one of those would maraculously fix it, but to no avail. I guess my question is should I have the tranny rebuilt or buy a new one? I know a new one will cost twice as much, but it also gives a little peace of mind knowing that a shop didnt have Bubba's inbred brother use my tranny as his first rebuild. I can do engine work, but have never worked on a tranmission and dont want to attemp a rebuild on the only vehicle I have. Does anyone know where I should look for the lowest price on a new transmission?
This is gonna sound crazy, but ebay has several companies that have reman ones with an unlimited miles warranty, and two-5 year time frames on them.
Really tho, what I would do is this. But this is just me now. Buy one that is worn out for like 300, and get the parts to rebuild it. Parts for my 518 were only like $225 if you want you can get a reman torque converter too for like another 100. $625 vs 1200-1800 that you will pay for a reman job/one, and the 2000-4000 you will pay for a new one.
Then when you have some time off, put it in. If it works wonderful, take the time to rebuild the other one, and sell it. If not, well that is the down side, at least you got the hands on experience of putting one together, and that is worth quite a bit. Plus then you can take it in to be rebuilt and drive while that is happening.
Just me. Transmissions aren't that bad to rebuild if you take your time, and keep everything clean and within spec. I used to be afraid of the idea, until I did my first one, found out that they are really quite easy as long as you have all your specs on hand. The thing that sucks to rebuild is a valve body.