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I had a front impact that was hard enough the it cracked the transmission casing. I'm assuming that instead of paying to rebuild insurance will just pay for a refurbished unit. My question is what other options do I have? What other transmission unit will be a direct replacement? The new 6spd with DCCD would require way too much. Are there other units that will swap right in without too much other work?
You can require a new factory unit to be purchased depnding on your state's insurance laws. About the only upgrade you can hope for is to convince your insurance to pay for the transmission repairs to be done at a local tuner shop, where they can get you a WRX transmission with STi RA gears for little more than stock replacements cost. The downside will be a reduction in your gas milage, but your car will get quite a bit quicker, and have stronger gears.
Are there any vendors that have this setup readily available? They will be sending me a check in the mail and I would go ahead and order the already prepared setup and have it sent to the dealer for installation.
My insurance is from Pennsylvania, not sure if that makes a difference.
BAN, where can I find regulations defining when a new transmission needs to be purchased? I found out that they are only paying for a rebuild because they are not going to finance new and my dealer says that there are no refurb units.
If you're in a collision and something breaks, you are entitled to brand spanking new OEM parts. At least, that's how it is in CA and NV. Check with your state's laws by calling hte Attorney General's office for info.