You would have to get estimates for that from some area shops. Every manufacturer has much more transmission trouble than they did 20 or 30 years ago but your model does not have any known history of common failures so a used transmission is probably nothing to be afraid of. With a rebuilt transmission from a specialty shop, you will get all of the latest updated and improved parts that were developed to address any known problems or reliability issues. That can be a big advantage over a used one. Also, the independent transmission specialists often develop a lot of their own modifications to improve reliability that you won't find in a rebuilt transmission from the dealer.
Did you actually SEE a handful of metal shavings or just go by what the mechanic said? I'm hoping he was exaggerating for effect. Small metal flakes on his fingertip after wiping it through the pan is a major cause for concern. A "handful" of shavings should cause severe shudders and vibration if the car even moves at all. If you're going only by what you were told, I wonder if the wear is really that bad. I think you would be smart to stop in first at a transmission shop and describe the problem to them. Anything you can describe, you can be sure they've heard before. They will give you some suggestions on how to solve the problem. Once bushings and other metal parts start shedding material, the wear accelerates and chews up other parts. If the problem is resolved right away, many of those other parts can be saved and reused. If it comes to that, many transmission shops have recently-rebuilt transmissions in stock that will cost less than replacing all the stuff that might be needed in yours.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 AT 3:38 PM