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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Talking May be looking for a cheap car/truck

I blew apart the transmission in my car last night (read about it here if you want).

Anyway, I am trying to figure out how to deal with this as I am sure the warranty will be denied. I don't have the $4K-8K it will cost for a setup that can handle my car's power (current and/or future).

I can get a used trans for about $1K (then I can rebuild the bad trans once I have the cash) or I could just buy a POS car or truck to drive until I can afford to do the trans right. The downside to a used trans is it will fail eventually, the downside to a POS is pretty much the same.

Does anyone have a used car or truck that is reliable AND cheap that they want to get rid of? Any other suggestions are appreciated too...
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 07:17 PM
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I dont know if this would intrest you but i have a 1997 caddy deville concours w/78,000.will part w/it for 6,800
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You mean they'll deny the warrantee because of the mods? Why not take them off and get it fixed? It seems like the extra work would be worth it in this case maybe.
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Thanks for the offers guys, if I could buy a $6800 car I could get a bitchen 6-speed for the WRX I borrowed a car from a buddy and I am working with a local Subaru guy about getting my hands on a used tranny. I am also looking at a stronger gear set, but I am told it might not be able to handle the horsepower I am shooting for (300 to the wheels is the next goal).

As for returning the car to stock...I have two issues with doing that 1) I don't have most of the stock parts anymore 2) It is fraud and I won't do it. I modified my car knowing there was a distinct possibility I might break something and that is exactly what happened. Enough people have had problems with their transmissions on WRX's that they might take care of it anyway, it sure doesn't hurt to ask
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Tony that is weird.
Mike rebuild my tbird trans a few times. He knows me very well. The auto trans ford decided to use for my car was a bad choice. too light duty for a turbo car.


Theres a guy in the sportbike forum who has a fiero whose looking in selling it. Im not sure where hes from. But let me know, he wanted me to buy it.
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My advice would be to find a 2nd car.

I learned this lesson (the hard way) a LONG time ago - NEVER modify your daily driver.

Blow up the race car? Have the tow truck give you a lift home, go inside, swap keys, hop into your other car, and continue on your way.

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My advice would be to find a 2nd car.

I learned this lesson (the hard way) a LONG time ago - NEVER modify your daily driver.

Blow up the race car? Have the tow truck give you a lift home, go inside, swap keys, hop into your other car, and continue on your way.
I know, I know...but it was a luxury I did not have, so I took my chances and lost. Looks like I am going to go with a used tranny.
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