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Old 06-08-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Westside Houston
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Ladies and gentleman, I need your opinion.
We have a
2001 Chevy Silverado Z71 4x4 260k miles. Original engine, Runs good and smooth, no leaks.
Tranny is out. Cannot shift from 2nd to 3rd gear. This is its 2nd tranny.

So my question is. Should I replace the transmission and keep on rolling?
Or should I do a complete motor tranny swap?

Reason for complete motor swap. For peace of mind and be done with it for awhile. We have own this truck since new. We like to keep it. Body and paint in excellent shape. This is our 2nd 3rd vehicle.
This has been a wonderful truck since new.

I am taking this route. Used engine 750, used transmission 750, Estimate around low 100k.
Labor 700. With replacing necessary seals, fluids, water pump, plugs, etc, top 2500$

I am not into rebuilt or reman stuff..

What would you do? I love to hear all your opinions.
Much appreciated.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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I would get the trans rebuilt by a good trans shop. I wouldn't mess with the engine unless it's broken. No leaks no noises leave it alone. Just keep up the maintenance. I keep my vehicles relatively stock and fix things as they wear or break. It would be unnecessary to replace the engine especially with a unknown used one if there is nothing wrong with the with the one you currently have. I rather fix the trans right than get a used unknown transmission x factor.

I had a 2000 Chevy with 200k. The trans went out and so did the engine at separate times. Fixed them as they broke.
Had a 89 gmc with 360k another GMC with 150k. All original motors. The 89 had two transmissions about 150k miles apart rebuilds and the other gmc was all original. My personal truck is at 150k and I changed coolant and fluids and oil changes.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Westside Houston
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Thank you Electrician
Original tranny lasted 160k
This 2nd tranny lasted 100k miles.. And it was used.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:10 PM
 
Location: San 'Tone
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Ladies and gentleman, I need your opinion.
We have a
2001 Chevy Silverado Z71 4x4 260k miles. Original engine, Runs good and smooth, no leaks.
Tranny is out. Cannot shift from 2nd to 3rd gear. This is its 2nd tranny.

So my question is. Should I replace the transmission and keep on rolling?
Or should I do a complete motor tranny swap?

Reason for complete motor swap. For peace of mind and be done with it for awhile. We have own this truck since new. We like to keep it. Body and paint in excellent shape. This is our 2nd 3rd vehicle.
This has been a wonderful truck since new.

I am taking this route. Used engine 750, used transmission 750, Estimate around low 100k.
Labor 700. With replacing necessary seals, fluids, water pump, plugs, etc, top 2500$

I am not into rebuilt or reman stuff..

What would you do? I love to hear all your opinions.
Much appreciated.

GM remanufactured transmissions carry a 3 year, 100K parts and labor warranty. That might bring you some peace of mind? Surely, a better warranty than you're going to get with any used transmission you'd swap in, albeit it will cost more.

For your consideration:
Transmission: Replacement Transmissions | Genuine GM Parts
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
But by all means, get the tranny done. The truck is otherwise solid and you know where it's been.
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Old 06-08-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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Well, cost of repair is about 35 to 45% of what you can buy one for off craigslist. On my books, that's a bit too much. Of course, you can be like a local radio DJ - his family "loved Mazda pick up truck so much they put 6 new engines into it".
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Old 06-08-2015, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Well, cost of repair is about 35 to 45% of what you can buy one for off craigslist. On my books, that's a bit too much. Of course, you can be like a local radio DJ - his family "loved Mazda pick up truck so much they put 6 new engines into it".


But you're buying a complete unknown vehicle. With the one he has he at least knows it. I rather put a transmission in a truck I know than buy a truck I know nothing about how it's been driven, maintained or repaired.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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GM remanufactured transmissions carry a 3 year, 100K parts and labor warranty. That might bring you some peace of mind? Surely, a better warranty than you're going to get with any used transmission you'd swap in, albeit it will cost more.
If you have been happy with used transmissions then go for it.

Me, I agree with above. A professionally remanufactured transmission. Not a locally rebuilt one unless you personally know the shop and the technicians.

On the engine. Seriously, how many more miles do you think that you will get out of that?
Yes, we have a guy in town who has a Honda with documented - over 500,000 miles. Oil changes done at the Honda dealership since new.

Good Luck.
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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That should have the 4L60E transmission. Unless it's "Heavy Duty" and then it has the 4L80E

I'd probably get the transmission rebuilt. Those are massively common transmissions and any transmission person worth their salt can rebuild one in their sleep. Will run you about $3k.. Most places will give you a 3/50 warranty on it.. And when they rebuild, they generally use better parts than came with it.

I had my 4L60E rebuilt about a year ago.. It just started throwing codes, but.. Looks like it was just a solenoid that they didn't replace during the rebuild. They're fixing it under warranty now. Luckily.. All the parts that are internal, they replace.. Solenoids and things of that nature are accessible through the pan.

So far as I know.. The chevy warrantied transmissions that are 3/100 run about $5k.. But, others can verify or refute that.
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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That should have the 4L60E transmission. Unless it's "Heavy Duty" and then it has the 4L80E

I'd probably get the transmission rebuilt. Those are massively common transmissions and any transmission person worth their salt can rebuild one in their sleep. Will run you about $3k.. Most places will give you a 3/50 warranty on it.. And when they rebuild, they generally use better parts than came with it.

I had my 4L60E rebuilt about a year ago.. It just started throwing codes, but.. Looks like it was just a solenoid that they didn't replace during the rebuild. They're fixing it under warranty now. Luckily.. All the parts that are internal, they replace.. Solenoids and things of that nature are accessible through the pan.

So far as I know.. The chevy warrantied transmissions that are 3/100 run about $5k.. But, others can verify or refute that.
They're way cheaper than that these days. But it depends on location. I know they can be had completely rebuilt pretty cheap online. And a lot of rebuild places have contracts with local shops. I had a4L80E rebuilt on a 2000 Chevy for 1200 installed with shift lit. A buddy had a 60E on a 2002 done for about 800. The 80E are a lot harder to come by.
Shop around for prices and warranties.
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