Repair it or Chunk it

civic
honda
transmissions

#1

My 98 Honda Civic with 163,500 miles needs the “transmission rebuilt”. this is gonna cost me ~$2000. should I have this repair done or buy a new car?


#2

I’d search for a used or rebuilt tranny for less money. What kind of warranty would you get with the $2000 rebuild?


#3

three year warranty…does that make a difference? what would a used/rebuilt ‘tranny’ run me?


#4

Doubtful that a used trans will come with that type of warranty. Consider the overall condition of the car before you decide on the rebuild, but $2000 can get you quite a few more miles if the rest of the car is in good shape.


#5

Your Honda is due for a new timing belt, has the belt been replaced recently? If not, you are looking at a $500 bill for a timing belt job. If you don’t replace the belt the motor could be destroyed if the belt breaks. Then you have a car with a rebuilt trans, but a shot motor.

In other words if you go for a new/used/rebuilt tranny without paying attention to the timing belt on the motor it could all be a waste of money.

'98 Civics are still good cars if the body, interior, and general condition of the car is good. $2,000 is pretty cheap wheels. If you can afford a new car then get one, if you are on a tight budget fix the Civic.


#6

It depends what your Civic looks like and general condition.

I would only do this if maintained well, no body work needed, nice interior.

If do not know when or have not changed the timing belt, good time to move on.


#7

It depends in part o how much money you have for another car. If it’s $2000 for a car or a rebuilt transmission, I’d go with the transmission. That assumes you have taken care of the car. $2000 will likely buy you a car that needs work immediately.


#8

If the car is otherwise in good shape, this is probably worth it.

Where are you having the work done? The usual recommendation here is to use a good local transmission shop (not a chain).