Complete Transmission Repair Cost Guide

There is no engine component more complex and essential than a car’s transmission. Transmissions are responsible for shifting gears (automatically or manually) to dynamically change the speed-torque ratio in order to deliver power to the wheels in an efficient manner based on the speed of the vehicle.

The reason for this is that engines output a high rotational speed which cannot be used for low speeds or starting. Using gear ratios, a transmission reduces the rotational speed and increases the torque (or “power” to the wheels) in the process.

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Vehicles are usually described as 5 or 6 “speed” meaning then have that many gear ratios to allow the vehicle to travel at the full range of speeds required and to make use of the engine’s output power as efficiently as possible.

Due to their complexity, constant use and function within a vehicle’s operation, transmissions experience a lot of wear and tear. Add to this the fact that many owner’s forget to check and change the fluid on a regular basis and it’s easy to understand why so many people have transmission problems.

Average Cost of Rebuild, Repair, and Replace:

Transmission replacement is one of the most expensive jobs done by any mechanic. According to Transmission Repair Cost Guide readers, the average cost of transmission replacement ranges from $1800 to $3500.

A used/salvage transmission ranges from $800 to $1500, a rebuilt transmission from $1500 to $2500 and a remanufactured from $2500 to $3500.

The labor to remove and replace a transmission ranges from $450 to $850 for 4 to 9 hours of billed time.

Differences between rebuilt vs remanufactured? Check out our complete guide.

Rebuilds can cost just as much as a replacement depending on the extent of the damage. The upper end of the range is typically for the replacement of a high end vehicle’s transmission or a complete rebuild after a major mechanical failure.

Basic repair jobs are on the lower side, from $500 to $1500. For example, fixing a manual transmission often only requires a new clutch, a $1000 to $1500 job.

Repair TypeCost Range
Basic Repairs (Clutch, Solenoid)$500 to $1500
Replacement$1800 to $3500
- Salvage Yard (Used)$800 to $1500
- Rebuilt$1500 to $2500
- Remanufactured$2500 to $3500

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Transmission Repair Warranties
Salvage Yard (Used)90 day to 6 months
Rebuilt12-month, 12,000 mile
Remanufactured3 year, 100,000 mile

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Two ways you can save some money are:

-Buying a used/remanufactured transmission yourself and only pay the shop for the labor to install it (instead of paying the markup on a unit they provide).

-Rebuilding the transmission yourself. These topics are outside the scope of this article and will be covered in a future post.

Visit our what people are paying page to see what people like you have paid or been quoted recently to have their transmission fixed. You might find an example from your area or with a similar problem!

Factors that Affect the Cost

The cost of transmission repair varies widely based on a number of factors, the most important of which is the type and extent of the repairs being performed by the mechanic.

If the transmission needs to be completely replaced or rebuilt, drivers can expect to pay several thousand dollars for parts and skilled labor, while a few minor repairs and a fluid change will only be a couple hundred dollars.

Make & Model
It also depends on the make and model of the vehicle, with domestic/standard models costing quite a bit less than high-end or imported vehicles such as BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

Extent of the Damage
What the car has been through can also affect the price as newer cars that have been well maintained will cost less than those that have been through tough times.

Old vs New
Considerably older or rarer cars are harder to find parts for, which also increases the cost.

Manual vs Automatic
Manual transmissions cost less to repair/replace than automatic transmissions.

Shop
Some shops charge higher prices than others for the same work (due to marketing, location, reputation, etc.)

Your Location
Finally, the driver’s location will contribute a great deal to the overall cost of the procedure. Areas with higher costs of living, higher demand of services and/or lower availability of skilled technicians will charge higher labor costs, escalating the overall price.

Rebuild vs Remanufactured Cost by Model & Type

  1. Use the lookup tool below to determine what transmission your vehicle has.
  2. The table below it shows fair price ranges for a rebuild by a shop and the installation of a replacement remanufactured transmission for a selection of transmission models (both ranges include the fair cost of labor for the job shown).
  3. Get an estimate from a Cost Guide Certified transmission shop in your area for a rebuild.
  4. Get a quote on a remanufactured transmission.
Transmission ModelYearMakeModelEst. Labor HoursCost @ $85/HourRetail Rebuild RangeRetail Reman Range
4T40E / 4T45E2010ChevyMalibu7$595$1620 - $2210$1965 - $2305
4L60E / 4L65E2007ChevySilverado 15008$680$1580 - $2320$2085 - $2510
4T60E / 4T65E2004ChevyMalibu7$595$1790 - $2370$2085 - $2535
4L80E / 4L85E2003ChevySilverado 25006$510$2150 - $3010$2390 - $3350
5L40E2008CadillacSRX13$1,105$2830 - $3960$4365 - $5005
6T70E / 6T75E2007GMCAcadia9$765$2310 - $3370$3005 - $3675
6L80 / 6L902010ChevyExpress 25006$510$2460 - $3450$2950 - $3680
Allison 10002004GMC2500 HD6$510$2860 - $3750$3090 - $3930
4F27E2006FordFocus8$680$1320 - $1910$2130 - 2560
AX4N / AX4S2003FordTaurus10$850$1540 - $2210$2420 - $2890
4R70W / 4R75E2010FordF1505$425$1570 - $2260$2015 - $2495
4R100 / E4OD2004FordF3505$425$1890 - $27202195 - $2735
4R44E / 4R55E2000FordRanger9$765$1920 - $2770$2545 - $3135
5R55S / 5R55W /N/E2008FordExplorer7$595$1930 - $2780$2385 - $2915
CD4E2008FordEscape14$1,190$1940 - $2800$3000 - $3530
FNR5 / AWTF-802008Mazda67$595$2090 - $3010$2475 - $3035
AWF212009MercuryMilan6$510$2250 - $3240$2790 - $3470
5R110W2010FordF2508$680$2690 - $3820$3070 - $3790
6F35 / 6F502011FordEdge6$510$3120 - $3910$2920 - $3720
6R602008FordExplorer8$680$2720 - $3880$3560 - $4400
6R802011FordF1508$680$2840 - $3980$3560 - $4400
41TE / A6042008DodgeGrand Caravan7$595$1570 - $2267$2185 - $2665
42RE / A5002001JeepGrand Cherokee6$510$1680 - $2420$2050 - $2650
46RE / A5182001DodgeRam 15008$680$1820 - $2623$2410 - $2920
47RE / A6182002DodgeRam 35008$680$2230 - $3362$2800 - $3530
48RE2006DodgeRam 35006$510$2540 - $3668$3050 - $3680
42RLE2008DodgeCharger6$510$1930 - $2776$2200 - $2830
545RFE2005DodgeRam 25008$680$2070 - $2980$2550 - $3120
62TE2008ChryslerTown&Country7$595$2580 - $3719$2865 - $3545
65RFE / 66RFE / 68RFE2008DodgeRam 25008$680$3260 - $4480$4100 - $4890
W5A380 / NAG12006Chrysler3006$510$2230 - $3210$3060 - $3830
Honda BYBA2006HondaOdyssey10$850$2443 - $3510$2990 - $3630
Toyota A750E2008ToyotaTundra9$765$2320 - $3330$3335 - $4105
Toyota U140F2007ToyotaRAV48$680$2240 - $3230$3140 - $3870
RE4R01A2003NissanXterra9$765$2248 - $3230$2905 - $3545
RE5R05A2005NissanPathfinder12$1,020$2950 - $4710$3900 - $4840
722.6 / 722.92006DodgeSprinter 25006$510$2230 - $3210$3060 - $3830
AW55-50SN2005NissanMaxima7$595$2690 - $3870$3035 - $3775
F4A42-22001HyundaiSante Fe12$1,020$2210 - $3180$3030 - $3630
ZF 5HP242001AudiA611$935$2710 - $3890$4165 - $5125
ZF 6HP262005BMW745li8$680$2790 - $4020$4400 - $5520

As mentioned previously, when deciding whether to rebuild or replace a transmission it is important to know that either option can be more cost effective, depending on how complex and extensive the issues are (it can take a long time to troubleshoot and repair some problems, in which case a replacement would save you money).

Need Your Transmission Repaired? A good repair shop can be hard to find – especially on short notice. We’ll have the Cost Guide Certified shop in your area give you a call with a free estimate.

Making this decision is difficult for the average consumer, which is why it’s so important to find a trustworthy mechanic.

Symptoms of a Problem

There are a number of symptoms of a damaged or worn out transmission to watch for, some of which are listed below.

Many problems can be solved/avoided by regularly changing a car’s transmission fluid or getting the transmission flushed on a regular basis as recommended by the owner’s manual (recommendations are typically between every 30-50,000 miles).

A single mechanical failure can cause the car’s engine to shut down and disable it entirely, so it is important to watch for these signs and get your car inspected at the first sign of trouble.

  • Transmission is slipping between gears while driving or popping back to neutral
  • Unusual grinding/clunking/humming noises – especially when in neutral
  • Fluid smells like it is burned
  • Clutch is dragging – clutch stays engaged and causes grinding noises when trying to shift
  • Grinding or thumping when gear changes instead of smooth transitions
  • Lag/delay between gear changes and/or higher than normal RPMs for a given speed or gear change

In the event that a transmission does begin to fail in some way (or fails completely), mechanics will often recommend a replacement, a rebuilding process, or other smaller repairs to ensure that the car will function properly and reliably. Each type of repair has different procedures and costs associated with it.

Has your transmission completely failed? Here are your 8 options to repair, replace, junk it, etc.

Automatic Transmission

A full transmission replacement is one of the most expensive procedures a mechanic can perform on a vehicle. The cost of the other option – getting a transmission rebuilt – can be significantly less if the problem(s) can be fixed by simple procedures that deal with easy-to-replace parts.

However, it can also cost just as much or more than replacement in cases when there are major issues that need to be addressed. It all depends on how comprehensive the repairs are: from installing a few new parts to a complete overhaul.

Rebuilding involves removing the transmission, opening the case, inspecting and cleaning all the components and replacing the “soft” parts that are damaged or worn out. Some of these parts include seals, O-rings, bands, gaskets, valves, clutch components and filters.

Drums, shafts, pumps, converters, the casing and gears are referred to as the “hard parts” and rarely break because they are much more durable and rarely break. This process takes no more than 3 days in most cases.

If problems are caught early on, minor repairs are far more budget-friendly as they do not require complete removal/disassembling or replacement of “hard” parts, though the costs vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle and several other factors discussed below.

When it’s time to get a car’s transmission fixed, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure high value, great work, and long-lasting results.

The Process: How a Transmission is Rebuilt

The process of rebuilding a transmission is rather lengthy and labor-intensive. Mechanics must disassemble the transmission to look for problems and replace the parts that are causing it to not function properly. Through this process, the part(s) causing the mechanical failure are eventually found and replaced instead of having to install a brand new transmission.

Generally speaking, there are three different aspects that must be checked before any transmission rebuild:

1) Changing the Fluid
The first is probably the easiest, and definitely the most affordable: changing the transmission fluid.

The cause of many problems is low or dirty transmission fluid, which can also cause the vehicle’s fuel economy decrease. This causes shifting to become noticeably “stickier” and, in some cases, the car will change gears and stay stuck in neutral. This “fix” often costs less than $100, though many vehicle owners find that they can do it themselves.

2) Checking for Trouble Codes
Next, the mechanic checks the vehicle’s computer system that controls automatic shifting (for automatics). Transmission slipping and hard shifts can actually be caused by the computer if it is not reading the RPM correctly. Sensors can be easily replaced without disassembling a transmission, so this is the second easiest (and cheapest) repair that can fix the problem(s).

3) Test Drive & Inspection
After a number of diagnostic tests including test driving the vehicle and a comprehensive inspection, the technician will remove the transmission from the vehicle and disassemble it.

Each part is inspected, cleaned and replaced if necessary (especially if it is outdated). Parts such as seals and gaskets are replaced anyway. The electrical system is tested and any required repairs are made.

If the problem was found and none of the “hard” components require attention, the unit is assembled and reinstalled into the engine. After another test drive to ensure everything is working properly, the car is returned to its owner.

Check if the Warranty is Still Valid

This might seem obvious to some, but if your vehicle is still relatively new/low mileage you should call the dealership or check the owner’s manual to see if your transmission’s problem is still covered by your powertrain warranty before calling a mechanic.

A typical powertrain warranty is for 10 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first), but they vary widely depending on the manufacturer and can range anywhere from 4-10 years and 50,000-100,000 miles. The following components are typically covered: transmission case and all internal parts, torque converter, converter housing, automatic control module, transfer case and all internal parts, seals, gaskets.

A warranty will cover the cost of repairs (parts and labor) if the damage was caused by poor workmanship or a manufacturer defect. However, if the vehicle’s maintenance schedule was not followed then the warranty might be void and not be honored.

Parts that experience significant wear-and-tear and are expected to be replaced at regular intervals such as CV joints and boots and clutches are excluded from most warranties. Certain components may or may not be covered depending upon the manufacturer of your vehicle. Refer to your owner’s manual for a complete list of what is and is not covered.

Find the Right Repair Shop

Due to their complexity and how difficult they are to service, choosing the right mechanic to handle your transmission can make the difference between a long-lasting repair and one of questionable quality.

As with any car maintenance, it’s best to get a quote from a certified technician or repair center before making an assumptions. In fact, it’s generally a good idea to gather multiple quotes and compare prices in order to make a sound decision based on quality and value.

Do some research both online and locally and to find highly rated shops that have solid reputations. The cheapest service is not always the best option as some repair shops offer unrealistically low prices in order to get you into their shop so they can add hidden/additional fees onto the final price.

Consider getting friends or family to recommend a mechanic who repaired a transmission for them and did quality work. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has a shop locator for finding a certified mechanic.

The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) has a similar function for finding a shop that follows ATRA’s Code of Ethics. Reputable shops offer a warranties on their services in order to ensure customers’ peace of mind. In fact, a warranty should be the number one thing that drivers look for when choosing a repair shop.

Due to the wide range and severity of problems that can occur and the variance of costs involved, it is advised to get mechanics to explain exactly what is wrong with your transmission and what has to be done to fix it. They should also be able to give you a clear estimate as to what the price will be once they have done basic diagnostic tests.

Finally, drivers should pay attention to the appearance of the repair shop itself. Good repair shops are clean, inviting, and customer-centered. Less attractive options are dirty, poorly operated, and not as focused on the customers they’re supposed to be serving.

With careful attention to certifications, warranties, and shop conditions, it’s easy to find a low-cost, high-value transmission repair shop that can get the job done right.

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123 thoughts on “Complete Transmission Repair Cost Guide

  1. My 2005 Z71 4×4 Chevy Suburban has 140K miles. I’ve owned it 3 years and have no information on the service record before that. I’ve had no problems with the transmission until two weeks ago when I began noticing clunking and roughness while in reverse, which progressed to it being only able to move in reverse by idling slowly backward. There are no problems or symptoms in forward at any speed. Five months ago, on my mechanic’s advice, I had a transmission flush. I took the vehicle in to the same shop for the current problem. They are diagnosing a bad transmission and propose replacement with an “OEM remanufactured” transmission that will carry a 3-year 100K mile warranty for $3500 including parts and labor. I like and trust the shop, but I’ve fallen out of love (maybe “out of like” is a better term as I never really fell in love) with this vehicle and don’t anticipate owning it for more than a couple of more years. It would be painful to spend $3500 at this time and I would be grateful to hear thoughts or advice on my options. One final note: we pull a travel trailer on family trips with this vehicle and need continued reliability in that role. Thanks so much.

  2. I was just quoted almost $ 1300.00 to $1500.00 for a complete overhaul on the transmission in my ’03 Ford Explorer 4×4 with 120,000 miles. The truck is in real good shape and slips every time on up shifts and feels like it binds on downshifts. I plan to keep the truck for a few more years, and don’t want to pay to much for the transmission to be repaired. I believe the shop to be reputable. I’m located in Deer Park Long Island. Is this a fair price.

    • If you are looking for a cheaper price and you are willing to travel, check out some of the repair shops in the Bronx. I had the transmission on my ’97 Honda Civic rebuilt for $1,100 with a 1 year warranty.

      • Hello
        Don DeCicco
        The Question was it a fair price. I found out that when transmissions are rebuilt cheap they do not last
        I brought my car to Bullet Proof Transmission in Lindenhurst and Im glad i did it needed a band adjustment and was charged $195.00 Caesar Told me that my servo bores were worn and its going to have to be rebuilt in the future for now it worked don’t slip no more
        Im happy.
        Thanks

      • Hey, Don,

        What shop was that and how is the car now? I live in the Bronx, my ’05 Honda CR-V just slipped out of gear; when in drive engine runs and car goes nowhere. Won’t go into any gear. Fluid good.

  3. Great website. Wish I found it before I spent $3500 for the transmission on my 2002 TBird with 97000 miles on it. I really wasn’t sure if it was the transmission or just the coils as it would hesitate a lot when shifting gears. As soon as I left the shop, it idled roughly at the red light. Called right away — taking it back. Is there anyway to really tell if it’s the transmission? I trusted this shop as they always were fair and seemingly honest but I live in south Florida so that says a lot.

  4. I have a 2005 BMW 530i & the transmission fault indicator came on the other night driving home. I didn’t notice it until afterwards but I did find some fluid on the garage floor so it was leaking some fluid. I have almost 250k miles on the car so probably not worth repairing as I have only got 1 quote for approx. $4,500. Was hoping to keep it or just running around town as a 2nd car. Just looking for some opinions from those that know more than me as my first thought is to sell as mechanics special or possibly donate to a charity. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

  5. I have a 2003 Acura TL base with 144k miles. I got an engine light on a couple of week s ago and on researching the code I got P1730,P1705,P1700.

    2 local shops gave me a price of 3000 with an year warranty and a work of 5-10 days.
    AAMCO gave me 2500-2700 for 4 days and year warranty for rebuild.
    Wholesale Transmission in NJ gave 1600-1800 for 3 days repair. It has a ATRA membership.

    All said I need to rebuild transmission and change oxygen sensor. I am confused about the last shop pricing. Where should I repair and which of these sound reasonable as all said we have open it and see for the final quote of repair. The local dealer is where I usually do my repairs.

  6. I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox that has 103000 miles on it. The other day I noticed it was over revving without accelerating. Called my dealership to make an appointment but needless today it didn’t make it that far. Died in a parking lot. Couldn’t get it to move in reverse. Had it towed to a dealership where before they looked at it quoted 5-6000 to fix it. That seems a bit outlandish after reading everything here. Wonder if they are just preying on a young woman?

  7. I have a 2005 Chrysler 300 Touring AWD but it does not go above 20-30 mph. It sometimes won’t move front or backward (if in reverse). I have to turn it off and restart every time to get it to move. I plan on getting the car to the shop for transmission diagnostics. Any recommendations or thoughts? Should I be expecting a full replacement/expensive rebuilt OR is this a known issue with this model?

    I’d appreciate any help..

  8. I have a 2006 Acura MDX with 121,000 miles on it. It has been serviced regularly. I recently noticed a small/slight whining sound as I accelerated onto freeway traffic. Took it in to dealer for regular servicing and asked them to check on the whine. I’m told I need a new transmission (dealer’s cost $5200), but they couldn’t/wouldn’t say how soon it must be done. I have not experienced any of the shift/RPM/etc. problems listed by others (yet). I have a couple of road trips planned this summer and am concerned about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, yet a small whine seems negligible at this point and not worth a complete replacement right away (even if I can find someone to do the work at a lesser price). Is this foolish? Should I focus on getting the replacement done a.s.a.p.? Or can I wait until other problems start showing up? Any help/advice welcome. Thanks.

  9. I have 2001 Rav 4 Toyota. A transmission was installed to repair. Mechanic stated needed a pressure pump due to transmission fluid isn’t going through, also needed a c converter replacement. Charges are 2575.00. Is this charges are reasonable. Elk grove village, illinois

  10. I bought a used 07 Impala LS 93k miles on it as basically my work car paid a little more then i should but i needed a car bad at the time. Have a year into her about 130k miles on her my transmission went on me, i only had reverse no normal drive and little to no power in any other gear. I got a quote from the repair shop/dealership i normally go to which is parks chevrolet in charlotte NC they told me $3,300 for a brand new tranny. As i was getting the money up to make the repairs a friend of mines talked me into going with a smaller shop and getting my transmission rebuilt instead of getting a brand new one. I went with Larry’s transmission he charged me $1,800 plus i got a few other repairs done. I still paid around $3,000 but i got 4 repairs for the price of one. Hopefully she last me another year and half give me time to get my money up for a brand new car..

  11. I have a 2004 Jetta Turbo 1.8L, 2 months after getting my car I found out it needed a new transmission (because it was pulsing while I was driving and would shift into N while driving on the freeway) The shop I took it too said it would take 3 days tops (and $3,300) because I have a very expensive transmission. He then calls me and says they are going to rebuild it instead because they can’t find a tranny that looks just like mine so they didn’t want to risk it. It’s been almost 2 weeks now and today they called me with another stalling excuse saying they rebuilt the tranny and put it in and it still drove bad they are going to have to replace some kind of valve that went bad with the transmission. I am so upset its over 2 weeks now and I still have no car. Is this something that sounds right or a stalling tactic?

  12. I have a 2010 Nissan Murano that had 142,000 miles on it when the transmission began giving me problems. It would not be drivable but after sitting for a short period of time would again become drivable. Took it to the Nissan dealership. They said I needed a new transmission or as an alternative they could replace the transmission fluid and see if that would correct the problem. Now after another 5,000 miles and less than one month later, the car again will not move forward or back. Service engine soon light is on this time. A call to the dealership confirmed that it will need the new transmission that is not really “new.”
    The price for this is $3899. They said the Nissan Warranty on this new transmission is only good for 12 months or 12,000. miles. This means in 2.5 months I could possibly need another “remanufactured” transmission. What do you suggest?? Thank you.

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