bigh0rt wrote:In my experience, having a new tranny put in your car will run you between $2000 - $2500.
Yup. What you can do with most automotive work when trying to gauge the cost is find out the price of the part then double that for the labor. That will be your ballpark figure for what you'll pay.
At $2000 to $2500 to replace a tranny on a 98 with close to 200k miles...I'd seriously look into trading it in. You could be on your way to building a money pit, where you keep putting money into it and have to much invested to cut ties. You may be able to take it to a tranny shop and have the tranny "tightened up" so to speak so it runs a little smoother before you trade it in. I just don't know if the car is worth the price tag of replacing the tranny. A 98 Civic in really good condition is only worth $3100 to $4100, Kelly Bluebook says $4200 to $6000 but I'm pretty sure that's for manuals in really good shape. If you have the money to replace the tranny I'd save it, trade your current car in, and use the cash as a down payment. I'm not trying to sound like a jerk just giving my honest opinion. At least something to think about and look into.