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Old 12-15-2010, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Iwishthiswasamanual - '98 Ford Escort ZX2
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Transmission is about to die...what to do?

My transmission is pretty much shot. It constantly slips on all gears now, it's terrible in the city. Fine on the highway once you get it into gear, usually has to rev up to 5k at least once.

So now what do I do? Car runs great, exhaust is needing to replaced soon but has new tires, decent brakes, no serious body damage. Typical amount of rust for a 98.

But....Transmission rebuild is at least 900 plus parts.

Used transmission shipped with 150k miles is $250

Junkyard transmission is going to be at least $400 plus core

Just labor to put the transmission in is going to be around $500.

So it'll likely be at least 1000 to fix this car....but the car only cost $1600.

I don't have the money to buy a new car either, and this car is basically only worth like 500-800, maybe.

What do I do?

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