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The Rebuilt versus Remanufactured Transmission Comparison

Transmissions are a required part of your car to get from point A to point B.  You can have a broken tail light or a dented hood and those items will not prevent you from driving your car.  A non-operational transmission will keep you grounded until you can get it fixed.  This is true no matter what kind of make or model vehicle you have, whether it’s a Chrysler Town & Country, a Nissan Titan, Ford Taurus, or a GMC Yukon XL, the end result will be the same.

Brand new transmissions are quite costly and it’s the one item that gives drivers the most sticker-shock when they see the price.  The only other item that may be worse sticker-shock wise would be a new engine.  So, most drivers when informed that their transmissions are broken and/or slipping, opt to get a used transmission to replace it with.  There are two schools of thought when it comes to used transmissions, rebuilt transmissions and remanufactured transmissions.

Rebuilt transmissions can usually be done at a transmission shop or with any knowledgeable auto mechanic with previous transmission teardown experience.  The overall aim in a rebuilt transmission is to tear it down to get to the problem components and replace or repair them  The appeal of this type of used transmission is the price as it’s the cheaper of the two options available.  Because of the nature of the work (replacing singular components) the warranty on a rebuilt transmission isn’t very long, usually three months tops.

Remanufactured transmissions are much more in-depth in terms of what’s inside of them.  Again, a tranny shop or a good mechanic can do the replacement of these trannies on your vehicle. A common example is the 2003 - 2007 GMC Yukon XL  The main difference in a remanufactured transmission compared to a rebuilt one is the fact that everything inside the transmission is replaced with new components that are factory-milled to OEM specifications.  Also, new fluids and any updates to the model are also included in the remanufacturing process.  These industrial updates can make the same transmission run even better than original OEM metrics.

Remanufactured transmissions would be the better option over rebuilt ones due to the quality of materials used and the fact that all components are replaced versus just the bad components in a rebuilt transmission.  Also, something to consider is that remanufactured transmissions have a much longer warranty in comparison to a rebuilt one.  Remanufactured trannies usually have up to a three-year warranty on them compared to a 3 month warranty on a rebuilt transmission.  Remanufactured transmissions are the clear cut choice. You can learn more here.

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