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I've got an 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L. Now the transmission is dying, and the dealership suggested me to replace it (cost $3400 including labor and parts). I'm thinking that I could possibly rebuild the tranny instead. Does anyone know how much does it usually cost to rebuild a tranny for the Subaru car?

 

Thanks!

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dealerships love to replace trannys at over inflated prices. its why most times they can talk the person into trading it in on something newer, as opposed to paying a 3350 bill. now, after the car gets traded in, the dealer doesnt put a new tranny in, they source a used one from a junkyard for 300 bucks, install it, then sell car for profit.

You, should ask for a junkyard transmission (they come with warranty), and go with it.

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So it's not suggested that I should do a tranny rebuild? is it risky or something?

 

No I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with having it rebuilt. If you have a reputable shop near you that is familiar with Subaru transmissions then go for it.

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Seariously, buy a used replacement trans, take your car to a transmission shop (where your trans should be replaced anyways, dealer techs most often don't know what they're doing) and be done with it. Trans is easily less than $1000, and a good trans specialty shop will ask for about $600-$800. The work will be done faster and the risk of a screw-up from the 23 year-old dealer tech will be eliminated.
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Thanks very much for your careful explanation. I'll try to find some salvage title parts. Do I have to get the exact tranny from another 99 Subaru Legacy Outback? Or I can choose from the legacy outback of model of other years? E.g. can I use a salvage tranny in a 98 Subaru legacy outback in my car? How about tranny in 2000/2002 Subaru Legacy Outback model? How could I get the information about which tranny is compatible?

 

BTW, if it's a tranny in a salvage car, it's usually in a car after an accident. I'm wondering how to check if the tranny is injured in the accident?

 

Thanks a lot!

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