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Old 01-13-2010, 11:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As far as I know, rebuilding means getting your local mechanic to take your existing transmission apart and put it back together. Reman means buying a transmission that a third party has remanufactured and having your local mechanic put it in.
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Low mileage junkyard unit.
Add a tranny cooler upon install.
Enjoy the savings.


I replaced my transmission at ~90k miles with a 47k unit and a transmission cooler. I'm now at 150k.
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As far as I know, rebuilding means getting your local mechanic to take your existing transmission apart and put it back together. Reman means buying a transmission that a third party has remanufactured and having your local mechanic put it in.[/b]
I would agree that junk yard is a better option. That said, reman is the same as rebuild. You just don't know who was the mechanic that did the rebuild in the case of reman.
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As far as I know, rebuilding means getting your local mechanic to take your existing transmission apart and put it back together. Reman means buying a transmission that a third party has remanufactured and having your local mechanic put it in.[/b]
I would agree that junk yard is a better option. That said, reman is the same as rebuild. You just don't know who was the mechanic that did the rebuild in the case of reman.
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Is reman ever cheaper than rebuild?
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Is reman ever cheaper than rebuild?[/b]
Sometimes a reman can be cheaper that a dealership rebuild, but that is an extreme case.
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Is reman ever cheaper than rebuild?[/b]
Sometimes a reman can be cheaper that a dealership rebuild, but that is an extreme case.
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Depends on what's wrong. YOu're almost always better to have a competent trans mech tear it down, you might have something stupid wrong like a rolled OWC or failed fwd clutch piston and the rest only needs a freshening. Once you know if you need major stuff like converter, planets, differential, then buy a reman.

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hi, Ford offers remanufactured units with three year warranty UNLIMITED miles
along with no hassle core acceptance.

I got a reman unit for my 99 wagon for $1650 (plus core that was refunded).

I did the swap myself at home.
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I suggest finding a shop that offers at least a 3 year/50k warranty on their units, that shows how much they stand behind their work. A rebuilt Taurus transmission should have a shift kit installed, as well as other heavy duty upgrades to make it the last transmission the car will ever need during it's life. Jasper is well known for having great rebuilt engines/transmissions (the local shop I go to only uses them, becouse they last). Make sure the warranty also covers labor costs (usually high on any fwd car).
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Yea the Ford price for a remanf. unit is about 1700-1800 bucks from the dealer, like James said. Although did that include the torque converter etc James?

Jasper quoted me somewhere around $2300 for a rebuilt AX4N with torque converter. Then add on labor. Their warranty is about the same as Ford's IIRC.
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If you plan to keep the car I would go for a rebuild or remanufactured. Most of the time anyways the shop will send it to some one else. With the junkyard you don't know what you will get.

Some shops do not like installing other parts, just a FYI.

We do offer rebuilt transmissions that you can install or have a shop install: Drivetrain- Auto Transmission - SHO Source
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