There's no doubt about it: Transmission repairs can be costly. But it's not so much money when you consider what's involved in the repairs. Today's automatic transmission consists of hundreds of individual components.

During a major repair, each one is removed, cleaned, and inspected to exacting tolerances by a highly trained service technician. Then each part is put together into one of many subassemblies. Each subassembly must be adjusted, and tested for proper operation. Then the subassemblies must be assembled into the transmission case, where the adjustment and testing procedure begins again. Finally, once the transmission is completely assembled, it has to be reinstalled. There is something else to consider: virtually all of today's automatic transmissions are computer controlled. Which means that the transmission's ability to operate depends on much more than the condition of the transmission itself. Engine and computer problems can have a dramatic effect on how the transmission operates. All of which boils down to one, inescable conclusion: Sure, transmission work can be expensive . . . but, dollar for dollar, it's one of the best values around.