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Old 24 Nov 2009, 11:48 pm
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Default Is it worthwile to rebuild the transmission on a 93 civic?

I have a 93 Honda civic DX (?) 4-door, 4-cylinder with 165,000 miles.

This is my first major repair. The gears won't shift onto 3rd or when I hit 30 mph.
I can only drive it normally under 20 mph.

I took it in at a transmission shop - they looked at the pan and said I have an unusual amount of metallic residue stuck around the magnets. They can't tell exactly what the problem is until the tranny is pulled apart. Something about the torque (?) could also be a problem.

For a rebuild, I'm quoted at $ 2,600 with warranty. The shop seems honest as they walked me through their procedur which includes taking everything apart, pressurized cleaning and assuring me that they are there to find and fix a problem, not just treat a symptom. First time going to them through a recommendation, they seem trustworthy.

I've had this car for 10 years and the only work I've done is oil change, tires
and rotation, cv joints/boots, battery replacement. More recently the following had to be replaced:

Replaced timing belt, water pump at 160,000
Exhaust and muffler system at the same time.
New radiator at 145,000
Car computer that someone stole!

$2600 is more than my car is valued. Probably even more so now that the tranny needs a rebuild.

Is it time to bury the car? Or should I spend that much money to fix the transmission?

Advice please?
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