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    Hi, all - my '03 GTP with 173K has a failing transmission. (no movement in drive, I can nurse it along with slipping, starting in 1st and shifting by hand.) I'm sure I'm not the only one, but trying to put a kid through college, etc., I'm trying to find the best, most affordable way to get a good HD rebuild. Any experience in how much you all have paid for this? I see that triple edge charges $750 just for the rebuild kit parts. I'm looking to pull a rabbit out of the hat here - any help is appreciated.

    Also, in case triple edge is the best price, would you drive a car in this shape from chicago to them in Michigan?

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    Have you considered doing it yourself?

    With a good workbench, the ATSG manual, and this forum it's very doable. There are really only a couple "must have" specialty tools. (I'm thinking Teflon seal installer/sizer) For those instances, you could probably have a local trans shop put them on for the cost of some doughnuts.
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    I've done work like brakes, suspension, exhaust. I've never torn down an engine or transmission. So it's intimidating. And I have to clean a lot of junk out of my garage! But, if it's that or dump the car, I might consider it. I have no lift or trans jack, just a good garage jack. Also don't have any mechanically-minded buddies - I'd be more courageous if I wasn't out there by myself. I'll give it serious thought and look at how-to's. Thanks.
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    Another option might be to check Craigslist under automotive services, or ask around at some local small repair shops.

    I have to believe there are guys that build transmissions professionally that also do side work. I've never met a technician who wasn't willing to do a cash job on the side.
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    You're only a 3 1/2 hour drive from TEP in Ft Wayne. Another option is to rent a U-Haul trailer and bring the car out there and drop it off. When it's ready, have a buddy give you a lift back to get it and drive it home. Not sure if you have something that will tow 5k lbs, but these U Haul trailers are pretty cheap to rent. I used one when I bought the GTP in CT:



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    Ive taken mine to Atomic Transmission in Villa Park. My family has gotten all of our rebuilds by them and they did mine too. Would highly recommend.
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    I'd for sure recommend a shift kit along with a tune after the rebuild...it'll prolong transmission life for sure.
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    Triple Edge Performance is not going to be the cheapest but it will be the most reliable. Do what you can afford. Unknown junkyard trans for a $100-200. Craigslist trans for several hundred. Rebuilt at a local shop for up to a grand. And TEP if you want quality. My friend had a local rebuild for $1,100 on a Bonnie that held up.

    Also you got to think about are you going to pay for labor or do R&R yourself. Labor is a big part of the cost.
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    I have good trans have about 60000 miles on it pm me I drive though Chicago sometimes because I drive truck

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