How long does a transmission last?

How long should a new transmission last before it needs to be replaced? I got a new transmission about a year ago and it’s already starting to have problems.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
A new transmission should certainly last longer than a year! With proper care and maintenance, a new transmission can last for ​​300,000 miles or more. Since the average American drives 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year, a new transmission could last you up to 30 years under the right conditions.
If you’re already experiencing problems with your new transmission, you should
talk to your mechanic
right away. It’s possible that there’s something else going on with your car, or that your new transmission was installed incorrectly. Either way, a malfunctioning transmission can be dangerous, so it’s important to get the issue fixed!
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Hope you can get your transmission looked at soon!
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