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Old 01-06-2014, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Does anyone know what the rough cost would be to replace a manual transmission on a 2003 Chevy Silverado? I would have the shop order the rebuilt transmission and they would install it.

The shop will not be rebuilding it themselves. I do not have the option of taking the vehicle to a place that rebuilds them. (rural area) The shop I took it to said they can replace it but they do not rebuild them.

Does anyone have a good link with pricing for rebuilt transmissions? I have done some googling and could not find anything with pricing on the page.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Does anyone know what the rough cost would be to replace a manual transmission on a 2003 Chevy Silverado? I would have the shop order the rebuilt transmission and they would install it.

The shop will not be rebuilding it themselves. I do not have the option of taking the vehicle to a place that rebuilds them. (rural area) The shop I took it to said they can replace it but they do not rebuild them.

Does anyone have a good link with pricing for rebuilt transmissions? I have done some googling and could not find anything with pricing on the page.
Unless the problem is some kind of common manufacturing defect, I'd have them find a used one. Standard transmissions are usually pretty bullet-proof, as long as they have gear-oil in them. A rebuilt one is going to cost more than a used one, and probably won't have any real benefit.

Whatever route you go, make sure they install a brand-new clutch, since they'll be in there anyway.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Pearland
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I would hope 1000-1300 installed.

Personally, Id buy a junkyard transmission out of a lower mileage wreck.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I appreciate the info. Now I just have to wait for the call with their estimate. I was worried it would be 2 to 3k dollars.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:04 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Wartrace, go used!

M.T., 4x2
Manus Road Auto Salvage USA-TN(Murfreesboro) 615-624-7262 / 615-848-7000 $665, they don't know the mileage though. I don't know them.


AAA Auto Salvage Inc. USA-TN(Lyles) 1-931-670-2223 / 1-615-868-9631 $645 179K miles. They are a good outfit and I highly recommend them. Nancy, Jesse and Steve.

M.T., 4x4
Tompkinsville Auto Salvage USA-KY(Tompkinsville) 1-888-482-0016 $750 114K miles. I highly recommend these folks. Chad Ross Jimmy Jackie all good folks.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I would hope 1000-1300 installed.

Personally, Id buy a junkyard transmission out of a lower mileage wreck.
That's about the going rate for a used/salvaged transmission. OP is asking about rebuilt.

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I appreciate the info. Now I just have to wait for the call with their estimate. I was worried it would be 2 to 3k dollars.
If you want your transmission rebuilt versus just swapping in a used unit from a salvage yard, then yes you can expect to pay $2K-$3K.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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That's about the going rate for a used/salvaged transmission. OP is asking about rebuilt.


If you want your transmission rebuilt versus just swapping in a used unit from a salvage yard, then yes you can expect to pay $2K-$3K.
2 to 3k for a manual (standard) transmission? Wow- you have me worried now.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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Well, we still do not know what kind of drive you have. If you have RWD, it's POC to replace. Disconnect drive shaft, support transmission, unbolt it, drop it down, stick replacement in.
Now, should you have 4WD one, they have to remove transfer case and front differential to remove transmission. Suddenly, it's helluva labor time to do.
Plus, you DO want to replace clutch plate and pressure plate and pressure bearing, while you there. Clutch plate will be around $80 or so, if YOU buy it, more if they do. Pressure plate I am not really sure, but it's a large part. Pressure bearing is likely to be 30-40 bucks. Plus maybe some minor parts.
While you there, it is also wise to remove flywheel and have it blanchard ground. Or even replaced, as gears will likely have signs of ware or even missing ones.
Now do your math. Transmission say $800, plus all the parts - you already at a $1000. I'd roughly guess, for 4WD, will take about 10 hrs labor to do the swap. Adds up to another thousand.
So here ya go. Question is - is truck WORTH this? Plenty of them used trucks for few grand around.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Wartrace, is it at BJ's Transmission?
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:29 PM
 
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If you have a manual in a 2003 Silverado, then it's a 5LM60 aka NV3500. The first rule with those transmissions is that they are such a PITA to rebuild, that no one does it in the field as it's too cost prohibitive versus just swapping it out. So, in your case, it wouldn't matter even if you could find someone to rebuild yours for you, it would cost more than buying one.

Overall, the swap is 3.2 hours on a 2WD and 5.2 hours on a 4WD. Add .4 if you have a skid plate, .6 if they are changing the pressure plate, .2 if they are changing the release bearing and .9 if they are changing the flywheel. So, assuming $85 an hour or so for retail labor in rural TN you are looking at $275 on the low end to $585 on the highend for labor. We'll just say it'll be around $400 for labor give or take, including incidentals.

The parts cost is a little variable:

-New should run you a smidge over $2,000.
-A factory rebuilt unit will run you around $1,400.
-A used unit will run you around $800.

So, with $400 for labor added in you are looking at:

$2,400 for a new trans.
$1,800 for a rebuilt trans.
$1,200 for a used trans.

My personal recommendation is to go with the rebuilt unit. You never know what you are getting with a used trans, especially since the NV3500 is a complete PITA to open up and inspect.
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