Is NEW (not remanufactured) transmission available for 2003 TL S?
Hi guys, I hav a 2003 TL-S with 43 k miles. The first transmission went at 40k and was replaced under warranty. The warranty replacement transmission from the dealer is remanufactured. It whines 30-40 mph, and above 70 mph. The noise is a pulsing "whirring" gear whine type noise (if you have ever driven an old rear wheel drive car with aftermarket ring and pinion that are not set up properly, and the rear whined/howled, it's that type of noise). It is not a very "loud" noise, but the original transmission definitely did not make it and I really question the quality of this transmission.
I would like to purchase a NEW replacement transmission and have a reputable transmission shop install it. I have done my share of transmission rebuilds and replacements, but this car is too new for me to be jacking around with it already. It is worth it for me to spend $5000 or so out of pocket to not have to keep taking this stupid car back to the dealer, and for them to tell me there is nothing wrong with it. Is a totally NEW, not remanufactured, transmission and torque converter available anywhere that I can just buy it? I hate dealing with the dealer and want nothing to do with them on this repair (or any other for that matter). The warranty is just not worth the hassle of having to take the car back so many times to convince them something is wrong with it.
I hope, if a new trans is available, that the durability issues have been addressed and it won't blow up like the original. This car SUCKS for a $35k car.