'89 Auto Transmission question

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Old 09 Nov 2004, 09:02 pm   #1 (permalink)
jc_raleigh
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Has anyone replaced a automatic transmission in an '87-'91 4 cylinder camry?
I'm interested in whether you put in a rebuilt transmission or a junk yard
replacement. What are the cost estimates?

All advice appreciated!

John
jc03226@bellsouth.net


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Old 13 Nov 2004, 01:09 pm   #2 (permalink)
Jason James
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"jc_raleigh" <jc03226@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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> Has anyone replaced a automatic transmission in an '87-'91 4 cylinder

camry?
> I'm interested in whether you put in a rebuilt transmission or a junk yard
> replacement. What are the cost estimates?
>
> All advice appreciated!
>
> John
> jc03226@bellsouth.net



Junk-yard parts are always a gamble unless you can judge their condition
easily before buying. With this in mind, and the fact that they wont remove
the trans if found to be faulty,...means one or both of two things : pick a
transmission which is still in a car which runs (my favourite), so you can
test it, or failing that, be prepared to pay very little for it.

Sometimes the trans dipstick will tell you a lot about its condition
(assuming it still has oil in it)...the cleaner the oil, the better. If the
oil is grey or black,. avoid like the plague!

Jason



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Old 14 Nov 2004, 07:06 am   #3 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Jason James" <vellicet@bigpond.com> wrote in message news:<2vn4diF2n4dpjU1@uni-berlin.de>...
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> Junk-yard parts are always a gamble unless you can judge their condition

the trans dipstick will tell you a lot about its condition

Have seen too many compalints about rebuilt transmsissions, and have
my own complaint story as well.
My vote would be for the original unopenend transmission from a
wrecking yard, but only with clean transmission fluid.
Darkened, neglected, "burned" overheated transmission fluid, and
neglected or extended drain intervals are the main reasons they fail.
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Old 16 Nov 2004, 02:04 am   #4 (permalink)
Viperkiller
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On Tue, 9 Nov 2004 22:02:43 -0500, "jc_raleigh"
<jc03226@bellsouth.net> wrote:

>Has anyone replaced a automatic transmission in an '87-'91 4 cylinder camry?
>I'm interested in whether you put in a rebuilt transmission or a junk yard
>replacement. What are the cost estimates?
>
>All advice appreciated!
>
>John
>jc03226@bellsouth.net
>

The problem with having the transmission rebuilt is that finding
someone who does it properly, which is very rare. I would rather
chance one from the junk yard. Most of them warranty them for at
least 90 days. I would suggest to change all the fluid before
installing it.

Cost? Well, that varies. My brother bought one from a junk yard for
$100 for his 91 Cressida. Since Camry's are more prevalent, it
shouldn't cost anymore than that.
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