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    $1000 for a rebuild, with removal/ installation is a good price, in my opinion.

    But do plenty of research. There are two main transmission shops around me, and both have their strong points/ specialities.

    I just had an AOD done by one of them for 900 (in and out of the car). But... they messed something up because first gear is somewhat problematic. It is going back in to the shop, but it would be much better to avoid this hassle all together.
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    These are not DIY's repairs! Without the proper experience and tools I would have someone else do it.

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    Oh man, San Anton is crawling with shops.
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    yeah... and finding a good one in the sea of that spider web that is San Antonio would be rough if you don't know somebody.

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    That's true there's lots of shops. my friend got his aod in a foxbody rebuilt for 800,but i don't just trust anybody with my car. i really wanna research the shops. anyone ever see "Ferris buellers day off"

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    I agree with doing your research on finding an excellent shop. Being on a budget is hard as it is. If it means saving a bit more, do it. Do it right the first time. Find the best possible shop and warranty with a reasonable cost. Have the shop remove and replace the transmission. The shop will not warranty the transmission if you remove or install it yourself. Adjustments have to be done correctly. If something is wrong. The shop needs to fix it before you get the car back.
    Make sure you get the converter replaced with a new or reman. Once again, warranty will not be honored if you do not replace it.
    I remember I needed to replace my Lincoln transmission many years ago. I was going through a divorce and did not have two cents to rub together. I had to sell two cars I had so I could have the cash. I wanted to get the transmission done by the best. 18 years later, it still works like new.

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    Another mention, if the existing trans came apart and fouled up the fluid with metal, you either need to flush the hell out of the radiator, replace the radiator, or bypass the internal cooler to use an external. The garbage in the cooler will get back to the trans and that does bad things. An external cooler is a good idea anyway, though normally you'd run one in addition to the internal cooler. This is also typically something that will void the warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P72Ford View Post
    $1000 for a rebuild, with removal/ installation is a good price, in my opinion.

    But do plenty of research. There are two main transmission shops around me, and both have their strong points/ specialities.

    I just had an AOD done by one of them for 900 (in and out of the car). But... they messed something up because first gear is somewhat problematic. It is going back in to the shop, but it would be much better to avoid this hassle all together.
    Just 900 to have a shop take the trans out, rebuild and install? That's much cheaper than I thought, I was figuring at least twice that. Might be able to have mine rebuilt sooner if that's all it costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88Vic View Post
    Just 900 to have a shop take the trans out, rebuild and install? That's much cheaper than I thought, I was figuring at least twice that. Might be able to have mine rebuilt sooner if that's all it costs.
    That is pretty cheap, and if that shop does good work and uses good parts that's a steal.
    The AOD in my 91 MGM my dad had rebuilt, when it was in his 89 MGM, for about $1200. That included removal, rebuild, and re-install. Now that trans has somewhere between 100k and 150k miles (I would have to dig through my documentation to find the actual mileage) and it's still working great in its third car.
    I also had my 4L60E rebuilt at the same place for about $1400 which also included removal, rebuild, and re-install. I'm having my uncle rebuild the Yukon's engine soon, but the trans worked great during the short time I drove it with the newly rebuilt trans, before the engine started knocking.
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    Down here it would cost between $1,200 and $2,000.


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    around here, about 900 for a soft parts rebuild. any hard parts, the price goes up quick.

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    I'm talking complete rebuild and a new TC.


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    I know mine had a new TC installed when rebuilt, I have the receipt somewhere that my dad gave me for the AOD.
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    Just out of curiosity I talked to the only two big transmissions shops around here with a decent reputation back when I had my '88. Neither of them would touch an AOD, they said it's all black magic and voodoo and shit, and sacrificing just the right number of chickens at just the right time to get overdrive to work. Strangely enough the AOD and the 700R4 were the only two transmissions that neither shop would work on, must be something about TV pressure that they don't understand.
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    All part of the "new mechanics" - if it doesn't have computers/electronics attached to it most are lost! If you need a good laugh, ask one to balance a carb!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by miamibob View Post
    All part of the "new mechanics" - if it doesn't have computers/electronics attached to it most are lost! If you need a good laugh, ask one to balance a carb!!!
    Normally I'd agree but these were both older guys who said there was no problem rebuilding older mechanical trasmissions C4's, C6,s, turbo 350's, 400's etc, as well as newer transmissions with 4 or more forward speeds. I think it must have something to do with the whole TV rod/cable deal, but I didn't ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88Vic View Post
    Just 900 to have a shop take the trans out, rebuild and install? That's much cheaper than I thought, I was figuring at least twice that. Might be able to have mine rebuilt sooner if that's all it costs.
    That's also what I paid back in 07 or 08 to have the trans rebuilt on my old 91 GM after a failed TV grommet killed it in 20 miles. I only put about 10k on it before I scrapped that car, now it lives happily in my 92.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamibob View Post
    I'm talking complete rebuild and a new TC.
    add part cost. no extra labor. TC comes off for the rebuild anyhow. so that would be about $1200 shop cost I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    add part cost. no extra labor. TC comes off for the rebuild anyhow. so that would be about $1200 shop cost I think.
    That be about right. Customer out of pocket, at least down here, is approximately $1-2K at a well regarded shop with many years GOOD experience and no BS. Chains may be less but expect several returns for "tweaking"!


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