post #1 of Old 07-03-2015, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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$500 Used 44re...?

So im FINALLY going to get the ball rolling with the ZJ. After a couple months of it sitting, and coming to the conclusion that obtaining $2,200 for a rebuild, is simply a unrealistic option...im opting to get a used one off a mutual friend.

I got a quote of $500 with a 30 day warranty on a used 44re. At this point mileage is unknown, hoping to atleast get a ballpark range in the near future. I will be having my mechanic removing my current tranny and installing the new-used one. I plan on buying my B&M Supercooler transmission cooler along with a new rear mail seal and oil pan gasket. Seeing as how he will have full access to both those parts when the tranny is pulled. I may as well kill 3 birds with 1 stone.

As for when the time comes to look at the used tranny, is there anything I should look for, play with, move around or simply keep an eye out for when picking it up? This guy is a trusted acquintance, however people do miss stuff, we are only human.
Besides leaky seals and broken visual exterior components, what else do I need to keep and eye out for?

Thanks in advance...

-Evan


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post #2 of Old 07-03-2015, 05:31 PM
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Most of the time you can find one at the junkyard for MUCH cheaper. (50% off happening this weekend at Pick a part).

Is it a crap shoot... sure. Miles... Unknown... But you could always get it cheap and have it serviced then installed.


I pulled the tranny out of an XJ today to get to the xfer case. Tranny looks in good shape on the outside, hell even the fluid that was coming out looked decent.

Just a thought
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Most of the time you can find one at the junkyard for MUCH cheaper. (50% off happening this weekend at Pick a part).

Is it a crap shoot... sure. Miles... Unknown... But you could always get it cheap and have it serviced then installed.

I pulled the tranny out of an XJ today to get to the xfer case. Tranny looks in good shape on the outside, hell even the fluid that was coming out looked decent.

Just a thought
Id love to save the money, but for me $500 is a break on the old wallet after trying to save up for a rebuild on my current one.
Upon installation my mechanic will be throwing in fresh ATF4 and checking the torque specs on the bands, and adjusting if need be.
Buying any used tranny is a crap shoot, which is why i was so hesitant on doing so and initially aiming for a rebuild. But that option is just not in the cards.

Plus, theres no way in hell im laying under a car at our local pick n pull during the middle of summer. Its 106* as it is down in Chico, CA most days, and once you step into a Pick N Pull, the temperature shoots up with all thay glass and metal absorbing and reflecting the sunlight.

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Plus, theres no way in hell im laying under a car at our local pick n pull during the middle of summer. Its 106* as it is down in Chico, CA most days, and once you step into a Pick N Pull, the temperature shoots up with all thay glass and metal absorbing and reflecting the sunlight.
Should see how sunburned I am from pulling the Xfer case today at the Hesperia P&P.. LOL


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Should see how sunburned I am from pulling the Xfer case today at the Hesperia P&P.. LOL
Haha. Yeah and I have a 2 year old daughter who isnt allowed to go into a Pick n Pull lol.
I feel your pain man, i went down to Chico in the middle of last summer and seperated a 231 from behind a AW4. Both were already pulled from under the XJ, but still. I cant handle the heat from even inside my house, let alone out in the sun wrenching.

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I wish you the best of luck on the used transmission, but I would still be trying to save up for the rebuild on your original one.
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I wish you the best of luck on the used transmission, but I would still be trying to save up for the rebuild on your original one.
Wish I could man. But with rent, bills, a 2 year old and cost of living...im lucky enough to get this $500 saved up for a used transmission :/

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Wish I could man. But with rent, bills, a 2 year old and cost of living...im lucky enough to get this $500 saved up for a used transmission :/
Yeah kids are extremely expensive.
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Wish I could man. But with rent, bills, a 2 year old and cost of living...im lucky enough to get this $500 saved up for a used transmission :/
I hear you loud and clear about the kids. I'm just saying it's hard to know how long the used transmission will hold up. Just something to think about down the road. I'm sure I would try the used transmission option first too. I would keep the old one and put it in the "some day" pile.
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I hear you loud and clear about the kids. I'm just saying it's hard to know how long the used transmission will hold up. Just something to think about down the road. I'm sure I would try the used transmission option first too. I would keep the old one and put it in the "some day" pile.
Its been 2 months since my incident with the 44re took place. In these past 60+ days, I have been saving up, looking around for cheapest rebuilds while sticking with a reputable shop. I have been inquiring about personal loans through my bank and the local credit unions, I have been asking close friends and family members to even co-sign for me on a personal loan. Nothing is looking up for me.
I was soooo against the idea of buying a used transmission from the get go. Everybody and their brother was telling me to just go pull a junkyard tranny, and why would I bother spending $2,000+ on a rebuild when i only spent $2,000 on the Jeep. Well, because I would LOVE that peace of mind knowing my transmission is like new with a rebuild along with the 100,000 mile warranty this shop offers with their rebuilds.
I hate the idea of getting a used transmission, even though it IS tested and approved by somebody. You just dont know how it was treated, serviced and maintained during its lifespan. But at this point in time, purchasing a used tranny, is the most realistic option I have on my plate. The girlfriends car is having twice the miles put on it, and now IT is having problems that I have been addressing. But a child that goes to daycare, and both of us working full time, its about time I get this Jeep going.

...plus I hate being a 24 year old, beard wearing man, driving around a Nissan Sentra that has a Little Mermaid license plate frame.
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