so discouraged that im thinking bout giving up. have had my 99 for 9 years. it has bout 275k miles. beautiful silver car, new tires and it runs like a top. ( head gaskets, water pump, clutch, timing belt done 90k ago ) new timing belt recently done.
5 speed going out 3 months ago . my shop has been looking for a good replacement but cant find one. this mechanic is real good and honest. he's afraid to put one in and have it go out in 3-6-12 months. then we would be at square one. ( at around 1300 bucks total )
he suggested a real good transmission rebuild shop. the mechanic there said it sounds like it may be a retain clip on the final drive that is broken making things move and binding up. I can drive it a little but it binds up every quarter mile or so and just bucks. I only drove it about 10 miles and now it's parked.
this rebuilder told me that if it is a "simple" fix it will be a 1000 dollars. otherwise it will be 1700-1800 or more. he cant say until he tears it apart.
I can't give this guy a blank check on a car that is only worth about 2500 if everything is ok. I don't want to go the junkyard route now. tranny shops have been giving me quotes of around 2400 for a rebuilt swap.
if I had any mechanical ability I'd do it myself or get a good running 99 and keep this one for parts.
its a real shame but I think im gonna give up. without the tranny issue it is an excellent vehicle that has given me 9 years of service. just wanted to let off some steam.