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Trying to find best value in remanufactured transmission- Can you help?


I am trying to get a remanufactured transmission and I noticed a few of different prices? Would anyone be willing to take a look at these couple transmissions I found and tell me the difference between them?

Option 1:
Streetsmart Remanufactured RE4R01A Transmission / Torque Converter:

Wholesale Transmission Price: $ 2,130
Shipping: Free to business/commercial address. Residential address delivery add $200.
Fluid: Included free in container. Pennzoil Platinum LV Multi-Vehicle synthetic.
Warranty: 3 Years, Unlimited Miles, Nationwide, Parts & $50/hr Labor* Coverage. (Commercial Vehicles: 18mo/100K)
Torque Converter: Included. Converters for diesel applications are billet, single clutch.
Current Availability: Ships within 24-48 hours. Shipping ETA 2-4 business days. Reply with VIN# and zip code to get an estimated shipping ETA.
Core Charge: No up-front core charge*. Free core pickup. Core pickup must be scheduled within 2 weeks from date of delivery, otherwise a minimum $750 core charge applies. Core return shipping is free, simply call for pickup when ready… *48RE, 65RFE and 68RFE Dodge Diesel transmissions have an up-front core charge.
Tax: No tax unless shipping to Florida (7%).

the links deleted by the moderator after examining them. they are bogus sites…

Is there any difference in the price and value that you get between these three models? What is the core deposit and is that something I get refunded to me? I want something that will last the longest, which is the best model for the price? Thank you so much in advance for your input.

Are those the 3 models you’re talking about? They are for a Dodge Diesel.

You Have to go with what ever model is currently in your vehicle ? Seeing you are looking at a RE4R01A which is a Ford, Mazda and Nissan transmission, those 3 model numbers are meaningless.

You seem to want someone to do your research for you. You don’t know what a core charge is ( your old transmission ) , don’t indicate that you are able to do the work or if you are going to have someone install it for you. If delivered to your home it will be dropped off on your driveway and it will be up to you to move this heavy thing around.
Your best bet is to have an independent trans shop do all the work so you will have a warranty for the trans and the labor.

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Agreed. Unless you have access to a specialized shop… this is a job for a transmission shop.

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The RE4R01A is a transmission used by Nissan mainly and sometimes Mazda it’s for rear wheel drive appplications.

The other transmissions mentioned (48RE, 65RFE and 68RFE) are all transmissions used in Dodge pickups. The 48RE and 68FE were used mainly in diesels (and the gas V10), while the 65FE was used in with gas V8’s. These transmissions have nothing to do with the RE4R01A and are certainly not interchangeable. They are mentioned in information in the context as a disclaimer that if you are getting a rebuilt 48RE, 65RFE or 68RFE then the you must pay the core charge up front, as opposed to other types of transmissions that do not have an up front core charge. Otherwise their mention has no bearing on anything else.

All, thank you for the information. I learned a lot. I greatly apologize for wanting to come off as having others do the research for me. It appeared the moderator had deleted the links as bogus sites although there didn’t appear to be anything that appeared bogus about them. I guess I would have been interested to know why as everything about them seemed legitimate. As FoDaddy mentioned to answer the initial question- the model number that my 2002 Xterra uses is RE4R01A. I am not certain how the other dodge pickup transmissions came into the question but it appears that there may have been some confusion since the links that indicated which model number used were thrown out. However, I’m glad to know they were bogus. I wanted to clarify that the reason I’m asking is because my Mechanic is willing to let me find a transmission option for him to order if it helps me save money. He is a one man show, reputable in the area, just has a lineup of other customers and didn’t have the time to look into options like I did. So if any of you are still willing to help someone who learn perhaps I’ll take it a new direction:

My research of the RE4R01A model indicated that there were a few design issues that could have been fixed through a remanufactured transmission rather than a rebuilt. My research seemed to indicate that the cost of a rebuilt and remanufactured would be about the same. Is it correct then that a remanufactured model would be a better option than rebuilt?

If my mechanic isn’t necessarily listed as a transmission specialist but has done transmission jobs before, is there any difference to using him for the job than a transmission shop?

Thank you very much for your insight and again, I greatly appreciate it.

The moderator deleted the links to the other options you wanted compared to Option 1.
It was not obvious to some that the deleted links contained the other options to consider.
Perhaps you can cut and paste the same information from those links, as shown in option 1 so that we can weigh in on the merits of each?

Typically, rebuilt is less expensive than re-manufactured. If you can get them both at the same price, I would choose the re-manufactured option myself for several reasons including the one you cited.

A trans shop does this exact work day in/out. A general mechanic that has done transmission work is not going to be as familiar with it as someone that does it every day. My expectation would be that a formal trans shop is going to be less likely to allow you to supply the part(s).

Here is why you don’t want to use this mechanic. You buy a transmission , you pay him to install . it turns out to be faulty , you pay him to take it out , now you have to pay shipping to return it . then you pay him to install the next one , just find a transmission shop and let them do their job.


I’ve bought my share of transmission work and here’s how its done: You go to your local trusted ATRA member shop or dealer and have them either rebuild what you have or put a new rebuilt one in. You pay them at the end and drive on.


What you should check on is whether or not the transmission is a “soft” rebuild or a “hard” rebuild.

The former means gaskets, seals, new clutches, etc and not likely a new converter.

The latter means the former plus all bearings, bushings, solenoid pack, converter, updates, etc.

The latter is more expensive of course but in the long run a much better bet.


Thank you everyone for this great input. I looked up some transmission shops and some that are ATRA as well. Also the input on soft and hard rebuilds is interesting and good to know. I think I’m well on my way and thanks again for the help.