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should i change the CVT transmissions or sell and get different car?

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Hi Scotty,

i just made a huge mistake out of desperation. I bid on 2016 Nissan Altima, it turns out the car has 150,000 mileages and after i replaced the battery, it ran but my mechanic told me it has the judder code and means I have to get the transmission replaced. I went to nissan dealership and they tried to reset the computer but the judder code is still there and they recommend me to get a transmission also. both quoted me 5k++ for the transmission include everything. I was thinking if i replaced this and do you think the car will last for another 75-100 k miles? 

I already spent a lot of money and i think i could just sell the car as is for 2.5-3K and get a used honda or toyota. taking a 4k loss on it

I saw a 2006 Honda Pilot, the mileage was 200k plus, needed some brake and rotor, arm control and all the oil and fluid to be replaced but the price is only 3.5K. my best friend is a mechanic and he thinks he could fix it, the spare part could cost around 600, so technically I could sell the Nissan and buy the Honda with adding a little bit money. 

 

which would you recommend? get the transmission change  with 1 year warranty and i have to pay another 5+k, hoping it would last another 4-5 years? or just sell it and get the Pilot?  or any other car really 

Thank you so much,

Nike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nissan Altima, it turns out the car has 150,000

It's impressive to see a CVT actually last 150k miles, very rare.

judder code and means

This means the transmission is going out,

BUT UNlike a conventional auto where you can still get many tens of thousands of miles,

On a CVT jerks and shudders must be attended to ASAP.

transmission replaced

Well, elsewhere in the world competent mechanics rebuilt CVTs.

For example, here's a video of a tear down and inspection of the JF016E from the Nissan L33 ("Altima"/"Teana")

Although here the result was "The gearbox is torn to shreds, the damage about 90% of the cost of a new one, no repair will be attempted"

I was thinking if i replaced this and do you think the car will last for another 75-100 k miles? 

No, Nissans do not last 250k miles.

I saw a 2006 Honda Pilot, the mileage was 200k plus

That's also a bad idea.

 

If you're on a low budget try to find a low milage Echo / Yaris / Vibe.

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Sell it and get a Toyota or Honda

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