Saturn manual trans replacement on 1997 Saturn SL

My shop is telling me the manual transmission on my '97 Saturn SL needs to be replaced because something (they're not sure what) has broken off on the inside. What they're telling me is a used/rebuilt tranny would cost about $600 and the labor would be be about that as well. I just had the manual trans cable replaced last month so I asked why none of this problem had been apparent and was told that the cable is external. In both cases I lost the ability to shift into any gears. Couldn't find anything about manual trans on this site. Any ideas? It's been a great car but has 192K mi so I'm thinking it's not worth the $. Thanks for anyone with any advice. PS...aren't Saturn parts just GM parts anyway. He's making it sound like they're hard to find.

by in Peoria, AZ on June 27, 2010
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ANSWER by on June 27, 2010
first of all, it is a used trans, a reman is about 16oo for the part alone. as far as the failure, anything can happen with the mileage on the car. your cable replacement had nothing to do with it. remember, 12oo is not a bad price. it is not even the sales tax on your new car. Roy
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COMMENT by on June 27, 2010
Thanks so much for the input... I always want to believe I'm getting the honest story so it's good to get a 2nd opinion. I really do like my car alot and would love to have it keep going a little longer. Thanks again!