THAT IS YOUR DECISION, HOW WELL HAS THE CAR BEEN SERVICED,HOW WELL HAS IT BEEN KEPT. DOES THE ENGINE STILL RUN AND PERFORM OK,NO MAJOR LEAKS ECT. DO YOU LIKE THE CAR.? SUGGEST GO SHOPPING FOR BETTER PRICE,CHECK PRICE FOR SALVAGE REPLACEMENT. YOUR CAR IF PRETTY GOOD COND. PROB. WORTH ABOUT 4,800.00. JUST GUESSING YOU CAN CHECK THAT OUT. NOW,WHAT CAN YOU BUY FOR THE COST OF REPAIR. I CAN'T SEE YOUR CAR OR TEST ANYTHING. GET SOME HELP FROM SOMEONE THAT CAN. GOOD LUCK. BUT 3,000 REPAIR NO. THIS IS JUST MY OPINIOP I COULD BE WRONG.
I appreciate very much your response. I have owned the car for 12 years. Have taken good care of it. Called a couple of "cash for car" places. Without seeing my car, have been offered $400.00. Do not want to give this car away. I will have it towed to Aamco and get their opinion. "Speedy Transmisson" said that there are hundres of parts to a transmisson, maybe just a few need to be replaced. When told of this, the Aamco man said that that was untrue. Chances are I need a rebuilt transmission which he said would probably cost at leat $2500.00. Very hard to determine who is giving me a line...
ASK AROUND (friends etc.) for references!!!!!!!! wherever you go get diagnosis and repair est. in writing! also warranty in writing. How was it diagnosed to determine that the trans is bad , as opposed to an electrical problem that can make it do strange things?
Firstly, other than the filter, no one replace a few 'PIECES' on a bad transmission. Your first question and answere must ne, do I really need a transmission. Chances are the response you get will be. "we can't tell till we take it apart,' and then of course its too late to have the trans put back together for less than 900 if not needed. So if there are n simple problems, plan on a new transmission. The next question should be, Is the car worth it to me to spend $3000 on. KBB on a 97 XLS Avalon with 205K in my area in about $1900 in average condition which also means a WORKING transmission. So spend $3K on yours to have a working $1900 car? I think you might be better off using your 3K on a new car and sell the Avalon for the few hundred and consider yourself lucky. Remember, anyone buying you car STILL has to put in a trans so they face the same financial question you have. UNLESS someone who happens to have a spare working trans for your car in their garage and have to have a 97 AVALON WITH 205k miles on it finds you, you car is going to the salvage yars. So consider ANYTHING YOU GET FOR IT AS A BONUS.