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Old 01-02-16
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Unhappy Transmission stuffed


In July 2015 i bought a 2001 nm pajero for $6200.00. Last week I was told the transmission is stuffed and will cost $5000.00 to replace.
I have already put in after market front wheel bearings and a new rack. The car is already raised and has great tires and a very tidy interior. The lights are awesome with LEDS both front and rear.

What should I do, I have already been advised not to get second hand transmission.

NM GLS Wagon 7st 5dr Spts Auto 5sp 4x4 3.5i [MY02]
17" Alloy Wheels, Lovells suspension-2 inch lift Snorkel,
Near new Yokohama all terrain tyres, IPF driving lights and led light bar, Nudge bar and Boo's Bash plates.

Now all I have to do is figure out what all that means...

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Old 01-02-16
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Can you go a manual transmission?
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Old 01-02-16
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I guess this is a tough decision. I'd be thinking about the k's it has done and a trans from a wreck with low k's.
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If it were me I (I am a mechanic) would go with a low k one from a wreck just make sure that it was not hit to bad from the front ( engine pushed back) as for the manual change you will need the tail shaft and most likely remove the trans ECU, straight swaps are a whole lot easier.

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Old 01-02-16
George Whiley George Whiley is offline
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what happened, were there any warning signs and what did they say is wrong with it?
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Old 02-02-16
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That would be the Jatco transmission. Proved to not be near as long lasting as the Aisin they replaced. There is a good reason MM went back to the Asian auto in later models. Previous owner of your NM might have suspected something and sold before it happened. I feel your pain.
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Old 02-02-16
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Secondhand one for sure. Not sure I could justify spending $5k fixing a $6k car...
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Old 02-02-16
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Second hand one, else I'd just buy a replacement car.

Have the planetary gears fallen off, as seems fairly common?
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2002 NM Exceed 3.5l Auto. Oricom 280 UHF, Full Boar Snorkel, Maxxis 980's. Diff breather kit *still* waiting to be fitted. Heading for the great scrap yard in the sky very soon.
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Old 02-02-16
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Yep, Pajero NM here...full service and Transmission carked it at 180,000km early last year...bit the bullet an paid $4800 for new transmission inclusive of labour...Thought it was still cheaper than buying a newer car given I'd rate it to run another 150,000. Hard call.
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Same thing happened to me - a refurbed one or replacement was about $5000 NZ all up, ended up going with a used one with 180,000km on it, had it fully checked out and fitted at local transmission specialist for $2200 all up was the second time the transmission was up for replacement

First used transmission (35,000km claimed by wrecker) - died after 4000km of use - $5000 NZ all up - dropped planetary gear set

Second used transmission - (180,000km claimed by wrecker) - still going strong - $2200 NZ all up ..... however torque convertor has a slight shudder whereas the first didn't

....Going used is a bit of a gamble, for me I got it right the second time round...which wasn't ideal, especially as it was the same time the cambelt, water pump, tyres and idle control motor were all up for replacement too!

If you're going used then it would pay to find a transmission in a paj that you can test drive (sounds stupid but the second transmission I got came out of a running/driving paj being parted out because "the panels and engine are perfect..." and/or get it fully checked out, some mechanics may rip it open and check it if they supply the part but this usually comes with a higher cost

All the best...if you solve it first time round then you're doing better than me!
2003 NP Pajero 3.5 V6 Petrol - currently stock... except for transmission breathers which were done when the THIRD transmission was fitted
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