SO, my transmission started slipping in and out of first and second gear two days ago and when I start the car , a really loud whining/whirring sound is coming from the transmission until the engine reaches operating temp. I took the car to my mechanic whom I known for years and he is telling me that the trans is shot. My car has 186,000+ miles on it. I have always taken meticulous care of all fluids, especially my transmission fluid(changing it at Honda recommened intervals following the fill 3 times procedure). The last time I change the trans fluid was about 40,000 miles ago. I've never gotten stuck in the snow and spun the tires, or towed anything with it. I just find it odd that it would go without any symptoms. In any event, I just want some feedback on what everyone thinks I should do. I mean, should I take it to the Honda dealer and let them check it out and test the trans to make sure its not just something minor...i.e. do pressure tests, etc? And if it is the transmission, should I have my trans rebuilt or just find a salvage yard that has one with low miles? I mean it will be quite hard to find a used tranny that fits an 03-04 with low miles. What is acceptable as far as low mileage if I do use a salvage yard? Also, if anyone has any idea if the 2003 Honda CR-V uses the same trans?? I heard from someone that its very possible that the Element and CR-V do use that same transmission since they are practically the same car. If so, it helps a lot in my search for a new transmission if I need to find one. Any help, feedback, suggestions will be a great help.