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Old 05-08-2001, 08:59 AM
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The 300sel that we just purchased five days ago for a great price has now crud in the transmission pan. The tech says it needs to be rebuilt to the tune of 1800. What causes a transmission to go in this car. The car only has 140k miles on it..is this a normal phenomenon or did the previous driver ruin it somehow?
About the price...with the tranny $, we paid roughly 10k for the car and retail was around 12 so i am not too terrible upset.
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
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2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
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Old 05-08-2001, 10:50 AM
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From your post, I expect that you did not get service records with this car. I expect that the transmission fluid and filter was not changed regularly.

Does the transmission work okay? If it works okay, change fluid and filter, drive it and change it again in about 5,000 miles, then go onto the schedule below. If the transmission doesn't work okay, then you must rebuild it. Don't let anyone sell you a new transmission JUST BECAUSE there's crud in the pan of the old one. That could be a scam.

Once you get the transmission replaced drain the fluid from the pan AND the torque converter every 15,000 miles and replace the filter in the AT pan every other time. Do this and your new transmission will last virtually forever.

Good luck,
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Old 05-08-2001, 11:05 AM
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Larry,
Thank you for the reply about the AT. The car has/had intermittant problems with the tranny. It would get stuck in 2nd gear(35-40mph turning 400rpm)...sometimes it would kick to next gear but then kick back to 2nd gear..one time from 2nd it went to neutral(no power whatsoever) then went back to 2nd. The tech working on it originally thought that it was a linkage problem..until he looked at the car. The linkage was his first comment after I described what was going on...
From what I have told you, please tell me this wasn't a scam..for the car will be ready, with rebuilt tranny, today.
Thanks,
rob
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Rob Armstrong, Charlotte, NC
Mountain Island Lake
RobAinCLTNC@hotmail.com

2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
1979 240d 170k-SOLD
2000 Volvo V70XC-POS couldn't sell fast enough
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Old 05-08-2001, 01:53 PM
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I have to agree with LarryBible.

You should change the fluid and filter and just drive it some more.

I have heard and experienced people trying to do this. Just because there is some "stuff" in your tranny does NOT mean you have to rebuilt it! If it dont drive, well thats differnt.

Change the fluid and filter and cross your fingers.

I had a tranny rebuilt, torque converter, and flex disk from MB dealership using MB parts, parts plus labor was $4000.00. 2 year/24,000 miles warrenty.

The reason why it went out so fast, well losts of reasons, lack of maintence (changing filter and fluid), driving the car when low on tranny fluid, towing or other "severe driving conditions", etc.
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Old 05-09-2001, 10:04 AM
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Thanks for the replies. The car will be ready today with a rebuilt tranny. I wish that I tried the cheaper alternative first but what is done is done. Hopefully no more problems for another 100k.
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Mountain Island Lake
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
1979 240d 170k-SOLD
2000 Volvo V70XC-POS couldn't sell fast enough
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