How long does transmission last?

Asked by Feb 09, 2011 at 10:45 PM about the 1993 Lexus GS 300 Base

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

How long do the transmissions last?  
I'm about to buy one for $3000 in California.  It has 180k miles. 1993 Lexus GS 300 4door sedan, 4cyl/6cyl switch, good body, clean interior, goodlooking underhood.  No accidents, one owner, he has a carfax printout, runs smoothly.  Only thing that might be a problem is the shocks - we noticed slightly wavy when we test-drove it.  I was hoping to drive (300+miles roundtrip) several times a year for a few years. I have the VIN # too.

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Transmission life is a very fuzzy area -- it depends on how you treat it. They can go out at 40K or they can go even 250K or more -- I run a fleet of trucks and we service them at each 100K and they do fairly well, but we still lose some randomly. A well serviced transmission I would trust to 250K before I started to worry

3 grand for a used tranny with 180k miles,buy at your own risk.it would be cheaper or cost about the same to have yours rebuilt.

6 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS FOR A NEW KIA RIO BEFORE IT NEEDED A NEW TRANSMISSION

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