Hi Scotty, I have a 2002 Toyota Tundra RWD with 296,000km (approx 185,000 miles) that I love…

LucasCoady27

Hi Scotty,

I have a 2002 Toyota Tundra RWD with 296,000km (approx 185,000 miles) that I love dearly. I paid $5,000 Canadian for it in February, and it was in pretty good shape. No rust, clean title, timing belt recently done, and nothing majorly off at the time except for a couple exhaust leaks. You may be disappointed to learn, but I also spent about $3,500 CAD putting a levelling kit, new wheels and 32" tires, and 1.5" spacers all around (to eliminate frame rubbing). I also chose to replace the exhaust manifolds which cost about $2,000 with aftermarket parts.

Long story short, I have spent an arm, a leg, and a kidney so far (about $12,000 CAD including licensing, taxes, safety) and I love the truck, BUT the transmission started stuttering a bit in the mornings a couple weeks ago in first gear until it was warmed up, so I took it to a transmission specialist and they told me it needs a full transmission rebuild. They quoted $3,000 - $6,500 for the job. Should I take the truck behind the barn and cut my losses? Every mechanic I've taken it to is shocked to see how clean it is, but $15,000-$18,000 on a 17 year old truck makes me choke. Any insight would be much appreciated, but please be nice :)

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LucasCoady27
LucasCoady27

Decided to keep it until it explodes, then have a re-manufactured unit installed w/ full warranty. I threw in some Lucas Transmission Fix, but the performance hasn't improved. Hopefully it at least slightly improves the life of the transmission.

LucasCoady27
LucasCoady27

Thanks for all of the advice! I plan to take it to another shop shortly to see what they think.

The first shop pulled the filter and found metal filings, the largest may have been 1/8th of an inch. They also told me that a re-manufactured unit would be $4,800+labour. Should I just throw some Lucas Transfix in and drive it gently until it eventually explodes, or is there a benefit to taking care of it now? I read that Transfix may not help prolong the life if the transmission is actually damaged internally.

Techsus
Techsus

P.S. Let us know how you fare--

Techsus
Techsus

We're always (um, usually) nice. I'd take it to at least three independent shops, run by honest, decent mechanics. Compare notes. Pay a pro who KNOWS what they're doing to THOROUGHLY scan it, get all red-yellow-green fresh & stored OBDII codes. What are they? AND: Google TOYOTA TSB's on the issue. Also: IMPORTANT: search these 2-links for complaints & recalls. FINALLY ►►SUPER IMPORTANT!◄◄ join, then post your question, in your appropriate sub-Forum in this most wonderful of groups (link) Toyota Nation, I found your sub-Forum. Don't give up on her yet! Do all of this, it'll pay off. I doubt you need all that tranny work! 3-links: https://www.carcomplaints.com/ https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls https://www.toyotanation.com/forums/tundra-1st-generation-2000%E2%80%932006.77/

Jackofall
Jackofall

Last resort put in some Lucas transfix, drive a hundred miles. Maybe??