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Old 04-07-08, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the cost of a replacing a transmission?

I searched for this info as I am sure it is out there, but after 3-4 threads I decided to just post the question.

We have a 2003 TL-S and it is on it's 3rd transmission. (The first time it was replaced before we owned it.) It has 95K on it and probably 3-5K on the "new" transmission. We are probably going to try and sell it and get something else before we have to pay for a replacement as it is already showing signs of trouble. But, if we can get a new one (again) then we may try to keep it until it is paid off. So here is the question:

If we had to pay for it ourselves, how much does it cost to replace the transmission???? I am guessing $3K which doesn't make it worth keeping!!!!


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Well you have an extended warranty until 107k miles..

But yeah it would be about 3k out of pocket
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Not all '03 TLs are covered in the extended warranty. I also have heard around $3k for a replacement.
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Old 04-08-08, 10:15 AM   #4
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Crazy I just blew the transmission yesterday, my thrid as well (158K). Its a 2002.

The dealer wants $3500 so thats out.

Anyone have any idea on where to get a remanufacturered from?

This website has them for $1200, a local mechanic said he'd put it in for $500.

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One other question, does the Type -S have the same tranny (BW7A) as the regular TL?

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*sigh* I come back to this forum and I STILLLLLL see tranny issue. Even after it has been replaced. Pathetic of Acura.
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*sigh* I come back to this forum and I STILLLLLL see tranny issue. Even after it has been replaced. Pathetic of Acura.
Well you will still see the problem on anyone with a '00 - '03 TL/CL because the problem was never fixed. By the time it was discovered they were already working on the tranny design for the 3rd gen TLs and so the 2nd gens just got a band-aid fix (reprogrammed ECU, new fuel rails, and the oil jet kit). No sense spending a lot of money on designing a fix for a part you aren't making or using any more. It's cheaper for them to just fix the ones under warranty that fail.

As to KRS62's post, as others have pointed out the warranty on the 2nd gen trannys was expanded to 7 years/100K miles by Acura, and then through a class action lawsuit that warranty got extended by an additional 9 months and 9,000 miles, so it's now 7 years, 9 months/109K miles. As long as your VIN falls in the range of covered vehicles (you can check online at https://www.ahm-ownerlink.com/login.asp?brand=acura or caller your dealer), then yours will still be covered. And if you bought it used after 2004, the inspection/jet kit install needed to be done before the car was sold to you or it was a violation of federal law.

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Is the fix the same for the '99's?

I am getting quoted $2200 for the part, and $1800 for labor to install. They want another $700 for a NEW ECU.

I found one on the web for $1150
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I have 2002 TL Type-S (147K miles)...I brought my car to the dealer because I wanted them to take a look at my car because it was making a whining noise while driving. They said my transmission is bad and would replace it with a rebuilt one for about $3100 plus taxes (w 3 year warranty)

Then I had a local mechanic ( family friend) who was familiar with the honda/acura transmission problems. He said he just replace certain parts of the transmission and resusing the casing so that the cost would $1850 ( 1 year warranty). He also called Acura for the rebuilt transmission and quoted me $2800 (w 1 year warranty) and $3200 (w/ 3 year warranty)

I want to go with the replacing just the parts because it costs less. Any advice? Thanks.
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it is already showing signs of trouble.


What are your signs?
Mine was "shuddering" as it changed into 4th and occasionally 5th..but not all the time and even under very light throttle.It does not appear to slip but I drive it like a grandma almost always. (which kinda sucks now that I think about it ..I bought a friggin sports sedan didn't I?)

As mentioned in other threads here I did the drain and fill 3x and added a tranny fix product at last fill. The shudder went way and it shifts normally. But for how long?
Note: it is the second tranny..replaced by original owner at ~60K miles
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Fast forward to 2011...

Cost for a transmission with no ECU replacement (Parts and Labor): $4,200.00

And I am sure it is a rebuilt transmission...
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