I see. Thank you for clarifying that for me, Mike.
Where you purchase a vehicle "as is", you typically assume the risk that repairs may be necessary. However, it is a violation of state law for the dealer to make misrepresentations with regard to the condition of the vehicle, so if there is any evidence they should have known of the transmission problem, that could provide you with a basis to pursue damages for the necessary repairs.
The state also has a Motor Vehicle Dealer Board which handles consumer complaints against dealers. You may wish to file a complaint against the dealer with that agency as well as the BBB in an attempt to resolve this matter without having to incur the costs of litigation. While you may not have a solid claim if you cannot prove what misrepresentations were made, if the dealer wishes to preserve its reputation, they will normally work to resolve this matter to your satisfaction.
Here is a link which provides contact information for the state agency to file a complaint:
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