my 1995 lexus sc400 with 93k miles i believe the transmis...

my 1995 lexus sc400 with 93k miles i believe the transmission has gone out. i was driving it down the road at normal rpms. it all the sudden as i pressed on the gas it acted like it was in neutral. when i dropped the pan the fluid...

my 1995 lexus sc400 with 93k miles i believe the transmission has gone out. i was driving it down the road at normal rpms. it all the sudden as i pressed on the gas it acted like it was in neutral. when i dropped the pan the fluid had a burning smell, small metal shavings, and completely black fluid. i changed the filter and fluid. still same issue. it shifts into reverse and neutral just fine. it revs up when trying to shift into drive but doesn’t catch.

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do you know how much roughly it’d be for me to get it rebuilt? i have it at a shop right now waiting to hear an answer
Automotive Expert
Typically it would cost around $3000 to rebuild this transmission. It just depends on the part costs and their hourly labor rate.

should i expect to pay that much or less?
Automotive Expert
Yes it will be around that price.

would it be cheaper to rebuild or find a used one and put it in?
Automotive Expert
It would be a little cheaper with a used one but I would go with a rebuild because if you buy a used one, you don't really know what you're getting and the warranty is usually very short.

oh yeah to bfftotally forgot about warranty and all that\*thank you for your help!
Automotive Expert
You're very welcome. I'm glad to help!

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