Rebuild tranny or junk-sell for $600?

Asked by Apr 04, 2014 at 03:09 PM about the 2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 Mazda Protege5 in Chicago that has a slipping transmission. I wonder if it’s
worth putting a new one in and trying to sell the car—it has other defects, including some rust
on one quarter panel and needs a new expansion valve for the AC—or taking the best junk-
yard offer I’ve gotten, which is $600. I know the car is worth more, and the engine is fine. Any
thoughts?

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KBB.com list it your car around $3000 in fair condition, if you want to sell it yourself. So if you want to sell right away after you redo the transmission, it's a loosing proposition. A rebuilt transmission will cost you around $3000. Plus the cost of fixing the other items.

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