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I have a 2008 Elantra SE with 120,000 on it. I took it to a mechanic in VA because it was rattling when the clutch was engaged. He said it sounded like the throwout bearing was going bad, but that it wasn't any major concern. I didn't drive the car at all from late June until early August, not a lot of miles put on it from then until now. The clutch started to feel gritty when pressed down, almost like I was pushing it through sand, and I thought "I need to bring this back", and then it totally died on me. I pushed the clutch in, and my car screamed at me, and the pedal stayed to the floor, wouldn't come back. Got it towed to a shop, and this is what they are telling me.

"Because you were driving the car with a busted throwout bearing, it destroyed the shaft in the transmission and now your transmission is completely ruined. You need a new clutch, bearing, fly wheel, and a transmission." They quoted me $3300 for this.

I'm wondering, from all you wonderful and knowledgeable car people, if a) this sounds legit, and b) do you think it's worth fixing for this price?

Thank you so much!
 

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Do you have the $3300?? If so, at 120K miles, you are going to start putting a lot of money into your 2008 for timing belts, water pumps and who knows what else. I'm sure your SE isn't worth more than about $6,000 so do you really want to put over half of that into a car that is going to need a lot more $$ in the next 5 years? I'd consider putting that money into a down payment on a new car. At least you'd have a long warranty.

If you can't do that, then maybe you can find a place that would put in a rebuilt "used" transmission from a junkyard. I had that done on my F150 Ford truck and saved several thousand dollars over a new one. Find a transmission shop that is willing to put in a used "rebuilt" tranny and you might come out okay. Good luck!
 
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