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Need help with transmission

Hey guys!

My trusty and reliable little 80 has developed little transmission
"distraction".  Seems that it won't upshift with pressure still on the gas
pedal. (It is an automatic). By releasing the gas and letting engine speed
decrease, it will generally catch, until repeating the process for the next
gear.   OK, here's the exciting part! The dealer says it's obviously an
internal problem and will cost about $990 just to drop the trans and go
inside, with possibly as much as another $1500 to fix and put back together.
It is a 1990 80, no previous tranny problems, and otherwise in almost
perfect condition for a 79k car.  Does this sound like an honest estimate?
Especially, since when a dropped the car off y-day, I visited with a
salesman about the A4, which I also drove again. He (the salesman) really
wants me to have one, and he knows if my 80 requires a substantial tribute
to the Audi gods, I might be more likely to "trade up".  The car is worth
book wholesale about $6850, and I still owe about $6350.

Any comments, thoughts, suggestions are extremely appreciated!

Also, please note my new, improved address! (No longer MShilTCC@aol.com)


Mark Shilling	shilling@txchemcouncil.com
Texas Chemical Council

'81 4k4e (gone but not forgotten)
'82 4k 5+5 (gone and definitely forgotten)
'90 80 2.0 (maybe here, maybe gone)