Apologies if this discussion has been posted on the forum and I’ve missed it.
I recently purchased a 2003 Subaru Forester, automatic transmission. I had my mechanic check it out and they said that the car was “one of the best they’ve seen”. After driving the car for a few months the car began to shift hard (high and low speeds…all gears). Brought the car in and was told we need a new transmission. I asked about what specifically was failing, and was told that it’s not electrical (no codes show up) and that the fluid looks fine, so it’s some “mystery” mechanical issue inside the transmission (apparently they would have to tear the thing apart to find out exactly what is wrong). Our mechanic said that they recommend replacing the transmission with a Subaru remanufactured transmission. Took the car to another mechanic and was told the same thing. Finally, I called a big box transmission repair store, and was told that a rebuild - only replacing the parts that had failed - would be fine and “just as good” as getting a Subaru remanufactured transmission.
My question is: is it better to do a rebuild or replace the transmission with a Subaru remanufactured unit? The price difference is about $2k, although this gap could shrink if the big box transmission store found out that big ticket items need to be replaced after they tear into this thing.
Any suggestions or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.