From the time you find out that you are pregnant – you are always caught up in those unexpected expenses. The 800 co-pays. Maternity clothes. All of the little things you have to buy (should I get those alcohol test strips for breast milk?). A new transmission for the car.
Well – ok. Most people don’t have to get a new transmission because of a baby. But we were out looking for maternity clothes and on the way home the car refused to move. The five minute trip back home ended up taking about half an hour limping along.
Some quick searching on the internet quickly told us that this is certainly not an uncommon issue. The 2003 Accord has a long and infamous history of failing at just over 100,000 miles (just after the warranty expires!). And the interesting part is – apparently it’s a design problem! The designed the transmission with absolutely NO external oil cooler! It was only a matter of time before it “burned up”…
We took the car to a shop yesterday morning. They gave us the news today. The transmission is completely trashed. A valve spring broke and pieces of the spring and the valve were thrown all throughout the transmission. Lots of new parts are needed (bearings, valves, clutches, drums, bands, and a bunch of other stuff that I didn’t get to write down).
And you too can get all of these cool gizmos for the low, low price of $2700. They will even put in a transmission oil cooler.
I hope the baby enjoys it. After all - not every baby gets a transmission cooler before they are born!