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Old 10-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I have a 2002 bugeye with only 45k miles on it. I have a dent in the back left side of the car from a while back, probably $1500 in damage, and my transmission went out on me recently. Trying to decide if I want to put the money into getting this car fixed or just cut my losses and move on, what do you guys think?

I dont know exactly what is wrong with my trans, I've talked to two shops about rebuilding and it seems like that would cost more than it's worth.

Is it worth dropping the money on a used 02-03 trans that will possibly be a problem again in the future, on a car with body damage?

Current transmission is pulled and taken apart, so I'm thinking $5-700 for a used transmission, x2 to have it installed.

I'm not at all interested in upgrading transmissions or doing a six speed swap, I'm a student working part time and just can't afford it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:32 AM   #2
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if you can have a shop put 05 lgt gears in (05+ wrx gears would also be good) it may be more worth while. these are stronger gears and with labor may cost you $1000 maybe more haven't checked the pricing for a while. 02 bugeyes are known for weak transmissions and if you sell it in its current condition you won't get half of what it is worth especially with the low mileage. unless you are seriously against keeping the car i would advise you to fix the transmission.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:48 AM   #3
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Ok. Decided I'm keeping the car and putting a new trans in for sure, love this thing too much to do it any other way.

Unfortunately I'm tight on money at the moment and would like some input on whether there are any options I should explore other than finding a used 02-03 transmission and bolting it right in. Looking at ~$1000 total to get that done, transmission + install.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:56 AM   #4
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I should explore other than finding a used 02-03 transmission and bolting it right in. Looking at ~$1000 total to get that done, transmission + install.
You have NO other options other than exactly that... A used 02/03 trans in pulled/unknown condition will run maybe $300 to $500, and if you are very lucky you will find a shop that will be able to pull your existing trans and install that one for the remaining couple hundred...

People in your situation usually set aside $2000 to $3000+ by the time all the bills are paid if you aren't doing it yourself, $1000 isn't much when you are talking major trans work.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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I already have the current transmission pulled, so I'm just looking at buying a used one and having it installed. Thanks for the advice, time to find that used trans.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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Used WRX transmission for $300-500?? I dunno about that...if they were that cheap people would probably stock a few transmissions instead of doing a 6spd swap

OP, if you can get a used trans installed at a shop for under $2k you did good. Maybe a bit less because you already have the trans out. Good luck with everything.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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Used WRX transmission for $300-500?? I dunno about that...if they were that cheap people would probably stock a few transmissions instead of doing a 6spd swap
Watch around in the classifieds... 02/03 parted out trans commonly go for that price. Not much of a market for them, as you have no idea what you are getting. For something as labor intense as a trans swap, not many people want to put in a questionable trans. (couple on ebay now in the $400 range)
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