The rebuilding of an automatic transmission can be expensive. Modern automatic transmissions have over 3,000 parts. Doing it yourself is often no longer an option for the untrained weekend mechanic. However, many transmissions will last well over 125,000 miles if properly maintained. Minor transmission service involves replacing the fluid and filter. This should keep your transmission running for many extra miles. A transmission oil and filter change should cost less than $100, depending on the price of the filter and gasket. On the other hand, a neglected transmission can eventually lead to an overhaul or total replacement, costing up to 30 times as much.
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