Remanufactured Transmissions

► 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.

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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:

Street Smart Transmission

Autozone

Oreilly Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts

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
2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 6.0L 4L80E $2,250 to $3,010   $1,790 $1,749 $1,789 $1,871
2010 Chevy Malibu 2.4L 4T45E / 4T40E $1,620 to $2,210   $1,380 $1,499 $1,499 $1,500
2004 Chevy Malibu 3.5L 4T65E $1,790 to $2,370   $1,580 $1,599 $1,599 $1,500
2008 Cadillac SRX 3.6L 5L40E $2,830 to $3,960   $2,130 $2,099 $2,099 $2,100
2008 Chevy Malibu 2.5L 6T40 / 6T45 $2,220 to $3,170   $2,280 n/a $2,636 n/a
2007 GMC Acadia 3.6L 6T75E $2,310 to $3,370   $2,180 $2,258 $2,415 $2,284
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
2006 Ford Focus 2.0L 4F27E $1,320 to $1,910   $1,580 $2,199 $1,854 $1,854
2008 Ford Explorer 4.0L 5R55S 5R55N W/E $1,930 to $2,780   $1,870 $1,849 $1,889 $1,856
2010 Ford F250 6.4L 5R110W $2,690 to $3,820   $2,820 $2,699 $2,699 $2,700
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 Ford Escape 2.3L CD4E $1,940 to $2,800   $1,890 $1,799 $1,799 $1,908
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 Ford Explorer 4.6L 6R60 $2,720 to $3,880   $2,180 $2,335 $2,284 $2,284
2011 Ford F150 6.2L 6R80 $2,840 to $3,980   $2,540 n/a $3,264 n/a
2011 Ford F250 6.2L 6R140 $2,920 to $4,240   n/a n/a n/a n/a
2009 Mercury Milan 6.7L AWF21 $2,350 to $3,240   $2,280 $2,417 $2,459 $2,445
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
2006 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9L 48RE $2,540 to $3,668   $2,545* $2,499 $2,499 $2,899
2008 Dodge Charger 3.5L 42RLE $1,930 to $2,776   $1,840 $1,649 $1,689 $1,755
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 5.7L 545RFE $2,070 to $2,980   $1,890 $1,879 $1,849 $1,880
2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3.8L 62TE $2,580 to $3,719   $2,360 $2,499 $2,499 $2,700
2012 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L 65RFE $2,830 to $3,820   $2,460* $3,118 $2,712 n/a
2008 Dodge Ram 2500 6.7L 68RFE $3,260 to $4,480   $3,245* n/a $4,074 n/a
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
2008 Toyota Tundra 4.7L Toyota A-Series $2,320 to $3,330   $2,670 $3,139 $3,099 $3,079
2007 Toyota RAV4 2.4L Toyota U-Series $2,240 to $3,230   $2,220 $3,547 $2,531 $2,531
2005 Nissan Pathfinder 4.0L Nissan RE5R05A $2,950 to $4,710   $2,880 $3,547 $3,299 $3,885
2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5L AW55-50SN $2,690 to $3,870   $2,670 $2,899 $2,899 $3,423
2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Mercedes 722.6 $2,230 to $3,210   $2,670 $2,799 $2,799 $3,522
2001 Audi A6 4.2L ZF 5HP24 $2,710 to $3,890   n/a n/a n/a n/a
2005 BMW 745li 4.4L ZF 6HP26 $2,790 to $4,020   n/a n/a n/a n/a

 

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.

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