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Old 08-02-2016, 05:58 AM
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Ok, so our transmission in our 2007 Toyota 4-runner just took a crap! Parts are apparently very difficult to find but possible. I have a mechanic that I have been using for over 20 years now who explained my options. Hes been a good mechanic and is priced very reasonable and just an overall nice guy! Now, while he told me he can do the work, he is not a specialized transmission repair place. He will give us a one year warranty.

He also said we have the choice of buying a re-manufactured transmission from Toyota at $2900 or we can try to find a junk yard low miles tranny for $800 or so. I have a couple questions that are below. If this were your vehical, what would you do?

1. Would you buy the re-built tranny or would you look for a low miles junk yard tranny?

2. Would you use your regular mech or use a place that only does trannies?

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what does the best transmission shop in your area say it would cost to rebuild it? I would get that price too before deciding.
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Wasn't there a recall on that year trans?
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Why would parts be difficult to find? That is not a rare vehicle. Cost sounds about right though. I like a warranty (even if it is just a year) so I'd go reman.
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Your mechanic can probably swap transmissions as well as any dealership mechanic, so no worries there. I'd look into the availability of a salvage yard low mileage transmission first. My observation of friends' experiences with re-manufactured transmissions isn't encouraging.
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I would do the above and take it to a certified trans shop. No offense to your mechanic but I would feel better, especially if you travel in that vehicle to have it done by a certified professional.
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Why would parts be difficult to find? That is not a rare vehicle. Cost sounds about right though. I like a warranty (even if it is just a year) so I'd go reman.
This is a very good question, as Toyota is required by Federal law to make parts available for 10 years after the end of the model year. Your 2007 is still inside that 10-year window.
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Tough choice. First instinct is go Re-man from Toyota but I don't have any experience replacing one. What is the warranty period for the remanufactured unit?


2nd would be the Low mileage tranny but from what I hear it may be hard to find a low mileage one.

Will give a second on finding repair parts. What broke that is so hard for the dealers to located and get?
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Check for a recall or a TSB for that year...I beleive the valve bodies -solenoids had a problem..I will do some homework.
I would have a certified trans guy rebuild it.
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unless there is something wrong with the case/casting it is quite rare that an automatic tranny cannot simply be rebuilt. The best mechanic in the world, unless they have experience rebuilding transmissions, is not the person to seek advice from.


How is the rest of the truck? miles? Maybe repair and dump it/trade it in.
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The reason he gave you those two option is because he does not know how to work on or rebuild a trans. I had a non transmission shop give the same options and when I took it to a transmission shop I had mine repaired for under $500. What is trans doing or not doing?
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I would avoid the junk yard option for that particular vehicle. I am in a different sector of the parts/automotive business, and that age toyota 4 runner & taccoma has very inflated prices for essentially junk parts in the junk yard. The vast majority of them are still on the road, and the ones that have made it to the junk yard have done so for a very good reason. Resale on them is such that they rarely get totaled unless there is severe frame & drive line damage, in which case the last thing you want to do is gamble on the transmission. While the yard may warranty the part, the labor to install it won't be.

I would look at the recall possibility, and beyond that seek out a good transmission shop that offers a mileage/time warranty, including labor.
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Get a quote to rebuild it.

Add me to the list questioning why parts are hard to find for it.
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Another vote for a second opinion from a trans shop with a good reputation. We had a 07 Four Runner Limited, man I loved that vehicle. What is the trans doing? Also do some research on four runner forums.
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Rebuild for sure.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
Get a quote to rebuild it.

Add me to the list questioning why parts are hard to find for it.
I think he was meaning used parts. New are plentiful, but expensive. The 4 runners suffer on the used parts market simply due to their tendency to stay on the road for a crazy long amount of time, and high resale value. Used parts market is best for popular, but high fall out models. Think Corollas & Chevy Impalas.
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Is it a v6 or v8
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
This is a very good question, as Toyota is required by Federal law to make parts available for 10 years after the end of the model year. Your 2007 is still inside that 10-year window.
Most likely the same tranny as current models
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