Rebuilding an automatic is always better than "new".
New are often not new just rebuilt but you don't know when they were rebuilt, and even if it is new, it is new with all the problems yours has shown after 5 years......so.
Rebuilding now means you or the mechanic has all the past breakdown info on that transmission for the last 5 years.
Rebuild kits will have all the current upgrades to prevent the design issues that caused the breakdowns, hopefully, lol.
I would check that pricing through.
Transmission shops are often better than dealers for rebuilds, dealers will send them out to be rebuild or...............trade it for one that is already rebuilt, to save their time, still costs you the same, the traded trans could be 3 or 4 year old, lol.
Last edited by RonD; 03-26-2014 at 08:22 PM.