back in 06, the book time for installing an auto trans in a 95 lego sedan was 3.5 hours.
add another 50%? for removal of the old trans, you get 5.25 hours, less than a day.
but here's the deal.
the shop has not interest in buying the cheapest trans out here.
on the contrary, if they are marking up the price,
they want a more expensive trans.
plus, the higher the used swap price, the more attractive the rebuild price is.
but even if they are not making money on the trans,
they want a trans that is going to be trouble free.
so they may in fact pay a premium for a trans with a warranty.
and some parts yards include the labor to R&R in their warranty.
you pay more but you get more, if you need it.
but even if they charge a full days labor (8 hr @ $100?)
you can buy a used auto trans for less than 1200$, way less.
but if you want a trouble free trans swap, with a warranty, $2000 is not a bad price.
i know some one who paid $1800 10 years ago.
the rebuild price was $2800.
since she , nor you, can install the trans yourself,
you are stuck with using a shop.
but look at it this way,
$2000 for a replacement trans,
if you drive the car for 20k miles, ~2 years?
the repair has cost you 10 cents a mile.
if you drive it 4 years, the price comes down to 5 cents a mile.
plus, how much would she have to spend to replace the car, more than $2000?
more than $3000?
one thing you might consider,
ask how much to install if you provide the trans?
then find one you like at www.car-part.com
sort by zip code, to see what is close.
if this shop will not do this, try another.
but understand, you are assuming some of the risk.
but these trans are pretty hardy and a good used trans is a pretty safe bet.
the 99 impreza, also 00, auto trans is compatible with the 99- 00 lego auto trans.
but not compatible with the outback, GT, forester, or any high end impreza like a WRX.
Edited by johnceggleston, 06 August 2014 - 07:27 PM.