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    So as I was driving back home from visiting family my car was just fine until I got to US 31 and then the O/D Off button on my dashboard started flashing. I then had it checked out and just as I suspected my transmission is faulty. The fluid is varnished, my gears sound as if its grinding, and its a rather old car(1994). The estimate is that for the three days it will be in the shop for parts/labor it will be $1651 total. Now to me this sounds like a ripoff but given how I am not able to get another car right now I don't have many options.

    Am I getting ripped off?


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    My dad works at a car shop I'll ask him.

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    Assuming you don't just need transmission fluid... that sounds in the ballpark for a rebuilt tranny and install. I could picture it being done cheaper somewhere but not a 1000.00 cheaper if that is what you're thinking.
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    Assuming you don't just need transmission fluid... that sounds in the ballpark for a rebuilt tranny and install. I could picture it being done cheaper somewhere but not a 1000.00 cheaper if that is what you're thinking.
    Yeah I was hoping for it.

    Actually I do need Transmission fluid. I got the diagnostic for free though. I have the credit to cover it but I'm going to hate forking over that kind of $$$ when that bill comes...

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    My dad says that's the right ballpark.

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    My dad says that's the right ballpark.
    I didn't realize you live in Ft. Wayne I grew up in a small town fairly close to it I figured it would be cheaper up there than in Indy.

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    I moved up here with my wife. He's down in indy.

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    Yeah I was hoping for it.

    Actually I do need Transmission fluid. I got the diagnostic for free though. I have the credit to cover it but I'm going to hate forking over that kind of $$$ when that bill comes...

    I meant assuming you don't just need tranny fluid and then everything is fine... In that case about 5.00 for a quart of fluid and a funnel will fix you up.

    I'd sure make sure it wasn't just low on fluid before thinking the tranny is shot. Of course running it low on fluid will eventually kill the tranny... so that might be what happened.

    A tiny leak isn't necessarily a show stopper but will mean eventually you'll run low on fluid so you need to keep an eye on levels if you ever do notice a small leak.

    Always a good idea to ckeck tranny fluid when you check your oil.....
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    I meant assuming you don't just need tranny fluid and then everything is fine... In that case about 5.00 for a quart of fluid and a funnel will fix you up.

    I'd sure make sure it wasn't just low on fluid before thinking the tranny is shot. Of course running it low on fluid will eventually kill the tranny... so that might be what happened.

    A tiny leak isn't necessarily a show stopper but will mean eventually you'll run low on fluid so you need to keep an eye on levels if you ever do notice a small leak.

    Always a good idea to ckeck tranny fluid when you check your oil.....


    Yeah he said the damage was beyond that its a rather old car (16 years old) I think at some point it was going to go out on me. But there was no leakage or anything it wasn't until that light was flashing did anything seem out of sorts. It was running fine up until that point. I had everything checked in June when I got my oil change nothing seemed out of sorts.

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    Right in the ballpark there. You might want to get three estimates though. If you live close to Anderson there is a very reputable tranny shop here that is really affordable.

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    very reputable tranny shop
    No matter how many times I hear someone refer to a transmission as a "tranny" it still irks me ..... but certainly no worse than ....


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    Spend the money on a new (or newer car).

    The thing is 16 years old... let it die.

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    Spend the money on a new (or newer car).

    The thing is 16 years old... let it die.


    Unfortunately I'm not in the position to buy another car at the moment job wise.

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    Yeah I was hoping for it.

    Actually I do need Transmission fluid. I got the diagnostic for free though. I have the credit to cover it but I'm going to hate forking over that kind of $$$ when that bill comes...
    Might just be time to get a new car. 1600 dollars is a lot of money to pour into a 16 year old car. How many miles does it have?

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    Might just be time to get a new car. 1600 dollars is a lot of money to pour into a 16 year old car. How many miles does it have?
    105,330 miles... I'd love to buy a new car but I'm not in that position to do so just yet. Of course at this point I'd probably just get another used car. I really don't think I need a "new" car.

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    Well, that's sort of what I meant. Eventually you have to draw the line and ask is this 1600 bucks adding value to the car or am I just pouring it down the drain? Might be simpler to sell your car to someone who will part it out and then look into a getting a "new" used car.

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    Well, that's sort of what I meant. Eventually you have to draw the line and ask is this 1600 bucks adding value to the car or am I just pouring it down the drain? Might be simpler to sell your car to someone who will part it out and then look into a getting a "new" used car.
    Well considering that the used cars I've looked at have even more miles on it than mine does now or close to it despite being a younger car I figured for now I'll stick with it and well the whole trying to get a full time gig to pay for that more updated car factors in. I don't use it much beyond work, school, errands and occasionally visiting home. Otherwise it probably would've died years ago. I'm at the point where I don't have the time to buy a car ASAP if I got rid of it at this time.

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    Might just be time to get a new car. 1600 dollars is a lot of money to pour into a 16 year old car. How many miles does it have?
    Agreed. Toss in a few hundred bucks more and get a newer, better car.

    And don't price cars strictly by their sticker price. You can talk most people down substantially from their asking prices...especially individual owners.

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