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I have a 1998 Honda CRV with a 255,000 mileage in it. This weekend the transmission broke down. The engine is still running but the car is not moving. I took it to the nearest mechanic and they said that it will cost me over $2000 grand to replace a new one. What I want to know is;

Should I Just buy a new car instead? Or Just replace the transmission and save more money that way? Because I don't like having to pay monthly payments again but on the other hand how long would the new transmission last me? because I heard once the car reaches over 300,000 it basically starts braking down here and there.

Nov 19th, 2013
Hi,
There is truth to 300K mileage car will start braking down. This is probably due to its age. However, a well maintained car will not break as what the most people would expect.

I have a 1972 Datsun 240Z that is still going strong and it has more than 500,000 miles on it. I replaced the transmission once, 4x clutch replacement, countless oil changes, and 3x radiator, 3X alternator, 7x 4 tires, 15x front brake rotor and pads. To some it may appear that the car is completely falling apart, but again if we analyze those part that were replaced, they are just part of the normal wear and tear.

You can find a pretty descent transmission for CRV up for sale on eBay. Make sure that you buy warranty for anything higher than 30 dollars on ebay. Just in case. Another place to buy this type of transmission is on carmonkeys.com. For CRV, they are selling it for $780.00 dollars free shipping with 5 years warranty. You just pay for the installation of the transmission. The cost of the transmission labor should be no more than 400 dollars. The 400 dollars estimates is based on the NAPA mechanic rate here in Southern California, so other places can be less expensive than 400 dollars. Expect to spend $1300 dollars maximum including parts and labor.

Give your car the regular oil change it deserve, and always give it a major tune-up every 2 years, a clean air cleaner every 12K miles, always have the radiator, water pump, thermostat check-up, and you will be surprise to see your car celebrating its 500,000th miles still going strong.

Always use the highest quality motor oil and transmission fluid you can buy in the market. Synthetic is always good for the motor.
Nov 19th, 2013

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