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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:35 PM
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Roughly how much to replace a gearbox?

Looking at a D90 which has over 220K miles on the gearbox. If I buy it and end up having to replace the gearbox, roughly how much would that cost me? The engine's more recent, but what else would I have to worry about with regard to the running gear, and how much could those repairs cost?

I realize this is a bit of a "how long's a piece of string" question, but looking for ranges.

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I believe ATL cruisers charges $1600 or so based on a thread I saw recently.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Forgot to mention. The engine was upgraded to a 4.6L approx. 50K miles ago but the gearbox was not altered. Should I be concerned that the extra power/torque of the larger engine could cause problems to the gearbox that's now seen 220K miles?

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Tony, does the $1,600 include parts and labor?
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Forgot to mention. The engine was upgraded to a 4.6L approx. 50K miles ago but the gearbox was not altered. Should I be concerned that the extra power/torque of the larger engine could cause problems to the gearbox that's now seen 220K miles?

------ Follow up post added January 20th, 2013 05:50 PM ------

Tony, does the $1,600 include parts and labor?
Definitely not. Expect to pay about $1750 for a new trans.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 06:07 PM
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Plus clutch bits, if there is any doubt about their condition.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 07:24 PM
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Definitely replace clutch and pressure plate while you're there.
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Unless you know the clutch has like low miles, always replace it (clutch flywheel kit) whenever you pull the trans, considering the time the job takes, took me 5.5 hours on my 4runner with good tools and lift to pull trans+t-case and put new clutch in. I'd expect a shop to want around $1k to change the clutch, and considering that is the exact same job as changing the trans you are looking at around $1k plus trans cost.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 04:39 PM
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Thanks, guys. the clutch was replaced 30K miles ago, so should be OK. I just wanted to confirm that the $1,600 to $1,750 range for the gearbox included parts and labor.

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Thanks, guys. the clutch was replaced 30K miles ago, so should be OK. I just wanted to confirm that the $1,600 to $1,750 range for the gearbox included parts and labor.

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I just bought a rebuilt gearbox & it was $1600 alone. From my experience to have a shop do the gearbox you'll be looking more along the lines of $3k - $4k parts & labor w/ gearbox. -- this isn't factoring in all of the issues that they can find when they pull the gearbox. Don't estimate on the lower end, plan for the higher end.
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I get that when replacing the tranny it's good to do the clutch too. But what if you need to replace the clutch? Does it make sense to spring and rebuild the tranny?
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a clutch disc is cheap- around 50-70 dollars. Saying one is fine because it only has 30k on it seems misguided. Replacing the disc and throw out bearing will cost less than an hours labor when added on top of the trans remove and replace.
I replaced mine when it only had 20k because I was there.
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Forgot to mention. The engine was upgraded to a 4.6L approx. 50K miles ago but the gearbox was not altered. Should I be concerned that the extra power/torque of the larger engine could cause problems to the gearbox that's now seen 220K miles?
Not on a R380. If it were a ZF 4HP22 it's a different story.
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Last year I had my tranny and gearbox rebuilt and clutch replaced for about $4300. It all started with a tranny leak and kind of blew up from there, but I am much more comfortable beating it on the trail now. You will likely find some other bits underneath that need replacing when your mechanic gets into it.
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