Auto transmission hard to shift gears on 1994 Mitsubishi Expo

This is a used car I purchased and it drives ok, except that it feels like the transmission won't shift gears. The transaxle fluid is very dark (black)and has a very small leak. Do I need to rebuild the transmission/; and if so, can I get a ballpark figure? I have a 1993 which runs excellent; reason for which I bought this one. A local shop, Castro Automotive, recommended that I get rid of this chariot. Should I?

by in Des Plaines, IL on February 25, 2010
1 answer
ANSWER by on February 25, 2010
Sounds like your trans needs to be looked at by a trans shop. A rebuild is about $3000. As for you other car, if you like it and it runs well, keep it. I kept my last car until it had over 350,000 miles on it. I don't really care for car payments.