► What is a Remanufactured Transmission
► Remanufactured vs. Rebuilt Transmission
► Remanufactured Transmission Pricing Guide
Should I Replace With Remanufactured?
When your transmission fails, there are a number of reasons why you might elect to purchase a remanufactured automatic transmission or transaxle rather than having your transmission rebuilt or purchasing a used transmission.
Fair Remanufactured Transmission Cost
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Remanufactured transmissions and transaxles are built by trained technicians in a factory type setting under strict quality control standards. As a result, remanufactured transmissions are considered to be as good as a new transmission. In many instances, a remanufactured transmission is actual better than the original "new" unit because remanufactured transmissions have the manufacturer's upgrades. "Upgrades" are improvements and/or fixes to known problems that auto-manufacturers become aware of after the transmission has been in service for awhile. So, a remanufactured transmission is an improved version of the original transmission.
Did you know? Brand new automatic transmissions are not available for purchase because auto manufacturers do not sell new transmissions in the secondary market. New transmissions are installed in new vehicles. So, when you purchase a transmission from the dealership or any other transmission supplier - you are purchasing a remanufactured unit.
Purchasing a Remanufactured Transmission - OPTIONS AND COSTS
For buying a reman transmission, in order from least expensive to most expensive your options are:
1. Purchase the transmission direct from a remanufacturer, have it shipped directly to your home or business and install it yourself. See our Transmission/Transaxle DIY Center for removal and installation information.
COST RANGE: $1,400 and up.
2. Purchase the transmission or transaxle direct from the remanufacturer and have an independent mechanic do the removal and installation.
COST RANGE: $1,900 and up.
3. Purchase the transmission direct from the remanufacturer and have a transmission repair shop of your choosing do the removal and installation.
COST RANGE: $2,300 and up.
4. Find the remanufactured transmission you want to purchase and then use one of the remanufacturer's authorized installers to do the removal and installation. While this last option is typically the most expensive, it is the easiest and least time-consuming method of replacing your failed transmission with a quality-remanufactured unit. This option is also likely to offer the best warranty as well since the installation is being done by an authorized installer.
COST RANGE: $2,600 and up
Where to Purchase a Quality Remanufactured Transmission or Transaxle?
You have several choices when purchasing a remanufactured transmission - here are several sources that we recommend. Each offer a 3 year warranty:
Fair Remanufactured Transmission Cost - Vehicle Specific
These costs are vehicle specific. If you do not see your vehicle listed, you can estimate what your cost will be based on the cost information for the same transmission model.
|Year||Make||Model||Engine||Transmission||Rebuild Low||Rebuild High||Street Smart||Autozone||Oreilly||Advance|
|2007||Chevy||Silverado 1500||4.8L||4L60E / 4L65E||$1,580||to||$2,320||$1,470||$1,329||$1,369||$1,416|
|2010||Chevy||Malibu||2.4L||4T45E / 4T40E||$1,620||to||$2,210||$1,380||$1,499||$1,499||$1,500|
|2008||Chevy||Malibu||2.5L||6T40 / 6T45||$2,220||to||$3,170||$2,280||n/a||$2,636||n/a|
|2010||Chevy||Express 2500||4.8L||6L80 / 6L90||$2,460||to||$3,450||$2,320||$2,409||$2,449||$2,549|
|2004||GMC||2500 HD||6.6L||Allison 1000||$2,920||to||$4,150||$3,470||$3,789||$4,199||$3,813|
|2010||Ford||F150||4.6L||4R75E / 4R70W / 4R75W||$1,570||to||$2,260||$1,620||$1,716||$1,716||$1,699|
|2004||Ford||F350||5.4L||4R100 / E4OD||$1,890||to||$2,720||$1,920||$1,998||$1,999||$1,999|
|2008||Ford||Explorer||4.0L||5R55S 5R55N W/E||$1,930||to||$2,780||$1,870||$1,849||$1,889||$1,856|
|2003||Ford||Taurus||3.0L||AX4N / AX4S||$1,540||to||$2,210||$1,490||$1,449||$1,489||$1,450|
|2000||Ford||Ranger||3.0L||4R44E / 4R55E||$1,920||to||$2,770||$1,870||$1,579||$1,599||$1,755|
|2008||Mazda||6||2.3L||FNR5 / AWTF-80||$2,090||to||$3,010||$1,820||$1,933||$1,979||$2,049|
|2011||Ford||Edge||3.7L||6F50 / 6F35||$3,120||to||$3,910||$2,320||$2,559||$2,599||$2,590|
|2008||Dodge||Grand Caravan||3.3L||41TE (A604)||$1,570||to||$2,267||$1,410||$1,449||$1,489||$1,450|
|2001||Dodge||Ram 1500||5.9L||46RE (A518)||$1,820||to||$2,623||$1,710||$1,599||$1,599||$1,658|
|2002||Dodge||Ram 3500||5.9L||47RE (A618)||$2,230||to||$3,362||$2,070||$1,949||$1,989||$2,091|
|2008||Chrysler||Town & Country||3.8L||62TE||$2,580||to||$3,719||$2,360||$2,499||$2,499||$2,700|
|2006||Chrysler||300||3.5L||W5A580 / NAG1||$2,230||to||$3,210||$2,670||n/a||$2,999||$2,995|
|2006||Honda||Odyssey||3.5L||Honda / Acura||$2,443||to||$3,510||$2,180||$2,198||$2,199||$2,400|
|2006||Dodge||Sprinter 2500||2.7L||Mercedes 722.6||$2,230||to||$3,210||$2,670||$2,799||$2,799||$3,522|
There are a couple of different ways to go about purchasing and installing a remanufactured transmission or transaxle. You can locate and purchase a remanufactured transmission yourself directly from a remanufacturer. In this case, you would also need to find an installer. You would direct the supplier of the remanufactured transmission to ship the unit directly to the installer's place of business.
Or, you can find a transmission repair shop that will supply the remanufactured transmission as well as install it. You may realize a small savings by purchasing the transmission directly from the remanufacturer but there is some work involved. Note: Not all remanufacturers sell direct to the public. One option that does is Street Smart Transmission
Transmission Remanufacturing Process
The remanufacturing process is similar to the rebuild process except for some notable differences.
► Remanufactured transmissions are built in a factory setting vs. a shop setting*
► The remanufacturing process begins with a "core" transmission
► The core transmission is completely disassembled
► All parts are cleaned and inspected for wear and damage
► Transmission is reassembled using a rebuild kit**
► Excessively worn and damaged "hard" parts are replaced***
► Manufacturer updates, when applicable, are completed
► Once build is complete, transmission and electrical components are fully tested
► Transmission is shipped to customer or installer to be installed in vehicle
► Customer or installer ships original transmission (core) back to remanufacturer
* A factory setting produces a more consistant product
** A typical rebuild kit includes friction clutches, steel clutch plates, bands, seals, gaskets and filter. These parts are often times referred to as "soft" parts.
*** Examples of "hard" parts include: planetary gears, sun gears, pump assembly, clutch drums, shafts, sprag clutches, transmission case plus many more.
Remanufactured Transmission Warranty and Cost
A typical remanufactured transmission warranty is 3-years, unlimited miles or 100K miles, nationwide and transferable.
With a typical cost range of around $1400 to $3800, purchasing a remanufactured transmission and having a transmission shop install the transmission is a similar price to a transmission rebuild in 2017. In 2007, a rebuild was the cheaper option, but remanufacturing costs have been streamlined to where remanufactured can often times be a less expensive (and better warranty) option. When a failed transmission has extensive internal damage that requires numerous hard parts to be replaced, the added hard parts cost can push the rebuild cost higher than the cost of purchasing a remanufactured unit.
Benefits of a Remanufactured Transmission
QUALITY... Remanufactured transmissions are build in a factory setting which makes for a more consistant product.
QUALITY... The remanufacturing process typically replaces more parts with new or refurbished parts than the rebuild process.
QUALITY... Remanufactured transmissions undergo more intense testing than a rebuilt transmission. This is due to two reasons; 1) The cost to return a faulty remanufactured transmission is high. 2) Remanufacturing facilties have certain "expensive" dyno-testing equipment that most transmission shops do not have. Rebuilt transmissions are tested after they are installed - remanufactured transmissions are tested before they are shipped/installed.
STOP... You May Not Need A Transmission! Before authorizing a transmission replacement at a shop, there are nearly a dozen less costly repairs that need to be ruled out - many of which have the same symptoms of an internal transmission issue. Here is a list.
► Transmission Diagnostic Trouble Codes (OBD-II, P0700 through P0799)