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Well, bout a month ago I was driving up to Flagstaff with my girlfriend and a buddy and on the interstate, going uphill, I noticed the transmission had stopped shifting to OD. Upon reaching the bottom of said hill, I exited the i17 and the car stopped going once I reached the stopsign. Transmission just revs in every gear. Severe burnt smell on dipstick. Anyhoo, I don't really have the cash for a new car but I could probably swap out the tranny. My question is, what other years of car will the tranny interchange with? I'm sure lots will bolt up, but I can't afford any CPU work, so I'm looking for a direct swap. Is it only the 1992 AXODE that I can use? I tried searching but couldn't find any specific information. It's an Essex V6 if that somehow matters.
 

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'92 for sure. '91 and '93 are possible. '94 and newer have different programming.

By the way, unless you're doing it yourself, it's probably cheaper to find another car. I was quoted $2600 to $2800 for a rebuild on my '95 by several local independent shops.
 

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Def. gonna be doing it myself. I have learned my way through a FWD engine swap in a Lumina, and i've done a RWD tranny swap. Both of which have nothing to do with this car. But hopefully it shouldn't be too difficult, and I have some more experienced hands to help too. It was a free car, so I'm def. not spending anything like that. Any idea how much a rebuilt tranny would run? I don't want to get another old one that's just gonna bomb on me...
 

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$1000 to $1500. From what I've heard, a Jasper reman unit is the best, but it's really expensive (around $2000 I think).
 

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I would price some local rebuilders first that offer at least a 2 year warranty on their workmanship. Check them out first on bbb.org to see if they settle all complaints, or have any pattern of complaints. It may be worth paying a little more to have them rebuild it stronger than spec as these are fragile transmissions, and don't be surprised if they require you to install a tranny cooler for warranty reasons-they know these transmissions well enough to know they need one.
 

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I like the bbb and cooler ideas. Good call. I've read a couple other posts regarding those, and I'm pretty sure it was an overheating that killed my transmission, so I will def. look into that. Thanks. And towelie is great!
 
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