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Old 12-03-2001, 05:45 PM   #1
Aaron Silidker
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Question Do these prices sound right?

I had some shuddering problems with the 4eat tranny in my 96 Legacy.
My parents would not let me fix it so they brought it to the mechanic. The mechanic the tail section off of the tranny and found out that every part inside it including the housing was ruined.
He quoted us 1800 for parts alone!!! This includes the housing, hubs, plates and gaskets.
My question, is this price absurd or is it just me? Are there any cheap subie parts places on the net?

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Old 12-03-2001, 08:25 PM   #2
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Well, I don't know alot about Subaru transmission internals, but $1800 is alot of money "period". I would consider looking for a used transmission from another Subaru car. F&S Autoparts is located in Ct, and they deal with tons of Subarus. www.fandsauto.com

I would be willing to bet many of the automatic trannies are the same throughout the Subaru line, so it might work out to be a cheaper fix. Good used parts places will be able to tell you mileage from the car it came out of, etc..

Also, call a local dealer and price out a new one, just to be sure you don't pay too much for a used one. Exeter Subaru in Exeter NH is an excellent dealer for the NE guys. You can call Mike or Bill in parts. They post all the time in the NE forum, and have an excellent reputation. http://www.exetersubaru.com/ & 1-877-subaru9

I did have an Auto tranny rebuild once, for a Ford Probe w/V6 Ford Engine and a Mazda tranny. It cost about $2000 for the entire job back in 1994.

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Old 12-03-2001, 10:31 PM   #3
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My ford (ick I hate ford) currently has a bad transmission and it needs to be replaced. I get a middle of the line automatic transmission for it for about 1,800 - 2,000. Plus about $1000 to install it. I think this guy is way over charging you. I would also recomend just replacing it, it will cost you about the same amount of money. Because on top of that $1,800 for parts hes quoting you are going to be spending well over $1,000 for him to take it out rebuild it and put it back in.

Also look into remanufactured ones, search around the internet to get a more accurate price there are all kinds of sites that will be of help.
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Old 12-04-2001, 12:00 AM   #4
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Well heres the scoop
A new tranny is 4500 dollars.
A remanufactured unit is clost to 3500 so those are out of the question. The tranny is not the problem either, it is a sub assembly of the tranny.

The tranny did not have to come out to do the job, just the tail section where the transfer pack is located.

I did some research and found a service bulliten for this car and this problem and if you replace 300 worth of the parts it will fix the problem, but not permanently as the 1800 worth of parts will.
So, my parents and I have decided to pay the 6-700 to get the housing replaced to fix the problem for 20000 miles or so and we are going to sell the car cheaply to get rid of it.

I am going to get an american pickup truck to transport my dirt bikes, so my short lived stay here is over and I will never get another Subaru again, because when they break, it is just too expensive for me to afford.

BTW, the 1800 for parts alone is actually cheaper than what most places want!!!
The 2 shafts for the clutch pack(input and output) are 800 for both and the clutch plates are 200! Then there is all the misc crap!. Absurd!!!
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Old 12-04-2001, 05:16 PM   #5
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The problem you're talking about sounds like the infamous "torque bind" problem. From what I've heard, it shouldn't be more than $500 to fix permanently. That's for the replacement of the tail section of the tranny.

Do a search on the words "torque bind" here and in other subaru forums. You should be able to find lots of info. $1800 seems pretty ridiculous.
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Old 12-04-2001, 05:56 PM   #6
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Cool.
Thanks, I talked to the mechanic and he is being a ba****d IMO. He will not fix it unless and part that has any wear marks on it is replaced because he claims it makes the car unsafe.
I am probably going to tow the car home and just replace the tailsection myself at this point.
Will that fix it?
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Old 12-06-2001, 02:02 PM   #7
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replacing the tail section should do it (or so I've heard). You may want to do a tranny flush after that just in case (not just the fluid replacement).
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