Hello everyone! I've been a member for a while but never posted anything so please bear with me.
I have a 1994 YJ with the 4.0L and an AX-15 Tranny. Since i got it about 2 years ago the transmission would always make a loud click when shifting into 3rd but never had major problems. A few weeks ago i was driving it and 3rd gear was stuck and wouldn't come out. I drove it in just 3rd trying to at least make it home and it eventually came out. This happened occasionally for the next few weeks or so. So, I finally decided to take it to Aamco a week ago.
It turns out my Transmission was flooded with water and my 3rd gear took quite the beating
. I spoke with the mechanic working on it and lucky me my clutch plate was pretty much worn down to the rivets. He ended up showing me the innards of my transmission and I could clearly see that the 3rd gear was chipped. I think he also said the synchro key was broken, and the 3rd & 4th fork and synchro need to be replaced. On top of all that, he told me ALL of the bearings need to be replaced because of the water damage.
As for the price for the repairs... It's going to be $2600 for him to fix
. Which includes the clutch and pressure plate. Being a poor college kid I'm not going to be able to afford $2600 unless I finance it for a while. So, I called them up asking if there was a possibility for me to find and buy a replacement transmission for them to put in. The price went from $2600 to $1300 (for labor, clutch job, and refacing flywheel) plus whatever I pay for the replacement tranny. While I had them on the phone I forgot to ask if i could just supply them with the necessary parts to possibly save a few hundred dollars, but I doubt they would even consider it. I considered just having them just put it back together and taking it somewhere else but they're still charging me for labor, seals, the clutch job/flywheel, and oil which totals out to about $1500 and it's not worth the loss for practically nothing to be done.
Now to the point of this long post. What would my best course of action be? Try to take and cope with the $2600 loss, have them put it back together, or find a transmission to give to them. If anybody has any better ideas, I am completely open to suggestions and other perspectives. Also, if I do try to give them a transmission where would be the best place to look? Thanks for any suggestions!