A rebuilt trans would have the seals and disc clearances checked and would last you longer, a 3 year period should be no problem.
Trans of the era are more reliable except for the transfer shaft and differential. What is the problem with the trans?
Getting a used unit is like trying your luck, you might be lucky and get one that might last you a couple years or it might last you a few months.
Personally I would recommed getting it rebuilt. Since a used unit is hard to come by, it would not be easy toget one that is good even if it is available.
2nd point is that the model is more than 10 years old and if any used units were available, its lifespan is more or less over, unless you are lucky to get a unit that had been recently rebuilt.
Monday, October 12th, 2009 AT 8:23 AM