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Old 02-19-2018, 05:39 PM   #21
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:52 AM   #22
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Just out of curiosity, how much did it cost you to replace that transmission? I'd like to know what I might be getting myself into...
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:53 AM   #23
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I'm settling this by looking for a 2000 series transmission before this tired 545 gives out. Actually I'm looking for just about any transmission that will fit that's not a 545.

At this point I'm to far in to change buses because of a weak transmission.
Just curious - how much does replacing a transmission cost a person with a 20 year old bus?
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:55 AM   #24
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I upgraded and went with an Allison MT643. This model has a lockup torque converter.
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Just curious - how much did you have to pay to upgrade to that MT643? Who did your service? Thanks! Just trying to figure out what I might be getting myself into...
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:59 AM   #25
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Just curious - how much did you have to pay to upgrade to that MT643? Who did your service? Thanks! Just trying to figure out what I might be getting myself into...
When everything was said and done, it cost almost 7000(more than I paid for the bus!)! We did however get the transmission from a dealer and we were also stuck in Quartzsite, AZ. If you were close to a city, would be cheaper. Any decent mechanic/shop *should* be able to handle it..

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Old 03-24-2018, 07:46 PM   #26
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When everything was said and done, it cost almost 7000(more than I paid for the bus!)! We did however get the transmission from a dealer and we were also stuck in Quartzsite, AZ. If you were close to a city, would be cheaper. Any decent mechanic/shop *should* be able to handle it..

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Was that for a brand new transmission? Or did they pull it used?

And thanks so much for sharing!
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:05 PM   #27
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That was for a rebuilt one. Came with a warranty...they took the old one...
Basically it was about 4000 for the tranny and 2500 for the labor...

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