Should I put a new transmission in a 15 year old car?


Asked by Nov 17, 2015 at 12:16 PM about the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2000 pontiac sunfire with a blown transmission in it. Is it worth
investing $3000 in a car like this or should I scrap it and get a different used

8 Answers


I would definitely recommend taking your $3,000, and getting another car, this time look at an Asian car.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I had an old 1995 Honda Accord EX with 150,000 miles and the original transmission. Did your car even have 150,000 miles on it?


First of all, you need not pay $3000 for a transmission. Then it depends on mileage on engine, has it had proper maintenance, i.e. is it a good engine. Then maybe. I will look up what it costs to replace transmission

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

The engine has 143000 mile on it and seems in decent condition. There is a slow oil drip coming from the upper mail plug, the AC unit needs replacing, and it needs new tires. I was quoted 2300 for a used transmission and labor, but with some other extras and incidentals I was budgeting 3k overall

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

We were posting at the same time Mark. Anyway, you can get a good used trans for $500 or so, a rebuilt (good as new) for $1100, labor maybe $800. Even using $100/hour labor figure, it does not take all day to R&R a transmission. So it should be more like under $2,000. Whomever quoted you $3,000is trying to rip you off. But we need to go back to engine... only you know that - if it's worth it. KBB puts it at $2,002 in 'good' condition. If I were in your position I would not begin a money-pit. I agree with Mark, use whatever money you have on another car

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer

$2300 is WAY too much to pay for a used transmission -installed. Don't do it

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
Tom Demyan

Scrap it!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

denger23- your call, these cars have a not so hot record of repairs, see this attachment below,

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Sunfire in your area?

CarGurus has 566 nationwide Sunfire listings starting at $1,700.


Search Pontiac Sunfire Questions

Pontiac Sunfire Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,430
#2 Joeyadams
Reputation 1,250
#3 Warren0007
Reputation 1,170
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Pontiac Grand Am"
1,968 listings starting at $1,995
Used Pontiac Firebird"
11 Great Deals out of 893 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda Civic"
1,135 Great Deals out of 57,877 listings starting at $1,295
Used Pontiac Grand Prix"
28 Great Deals out of 4,372 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Focus"
1,161 Great Deals out of 57,396 listings starting at $1,495
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse"
53 Great Deals out of 1,762 listings starting at $950
Used Ford Mustang"
726 Great Deals out of 41,222 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Accord"
1,280 Great Deals out of 78,152 listings starting at $1,395
Used Chrysler Sebring"
59 Great Deals out of 4,334 listings starting at $1,795
Used Nissan Altima"
1,397 Great Deals out of 87,430 listings starting at $1,195

Used Cars For Sale