The range to replace a transmission in a car is $1,200 to $4,179, as of 2015, depending on the location. For a truck, the cost is a bit more, ranging from $1,600 to $4,500, and in a sports utility vehicle or minivan, the cost is from $1,700 to $6,000.
Since the cost of a new transmission is so high, some people choose to purchase a used transmission instead. A used transmission generally costs around $200 to $600 or more plus labor to install it, which runs around $500. When adding that up, a used transmission may still be quite expensive, but may be a cheaper alternative.