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Recommendations? Transmission quit - stuck in Arnold, CA near stockton

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Well, it happened. The transmission finally gave out on me. The fam and I are up here in Arnold, CA and only reverse appears to be working. Very difficult to shift up from 2nd gear last night.

I am looking for recommendations on whether to have a shop repair the transmission or to have a dealer replace it with a re-built.

Option 1: Transmission Shop - repair
I contacted a shop down in Modesto by the name of A&G transmission, recommended by the local mechanic. They sound like great guys are want to repair the transmission. Ball parking their average cost around $3600-$3800 with worst case of $4200. They said they would match the warranty on the rebuilt provided from the dealer for 3 years 36,000 miles.

Option 2: Honda Dealer - repair
I contacted both Lodi and Stockton Honda Dealership service departments and looks like the cost is about $5000 to replace with a rebuilt tranny with a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty.

The transmission shop believes strongly that when they are done with the tranny it will be much stronger than the rebuilt from Honda and will last longer.

What are your thoughts? Repair through tranny shop or replace at the dealer?
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I would NOT pay more for a Honda rebuild. I'd take my chances with an indy rebuild. Just recently there was a thread on here for recommended shops for tranny rebuild in CA. I am not sure how far you are from the guys who were recommended in that thread.

Personally, I would contact Gator transmission and get an authorized shop to install it in CA. Gator should come out way cheaper than the upto $4200 quote you're looking at.
+1 Gator or Jasper
I think you may be more accurate than them. I can't recall anyone ever mentioning a peephole that would show the typical parts that go bad and a normal unit takes little effort to move the shifter. I think they can check for a burnt gear though. I'd call the 2 tranny places mentioned and see who can get a tranny there for the best price and warranty in a time frame you can live with and don't forget they usually want the old one back.
Too late. OP is already in a $850 hole. $500 for towing and $350 for the cable.
Agreed but why throw another 4k away for the genuine Honda rebuilt unit if they'll do the labor for 1k and the Jasper unit is under 2k shipped. That's under 3k instead of the 5k listed. As for the cable, I don't see how one could break unless something was binding the linkage. Pehavens mentioned that is was hard to move up from 2nd but maybe I misunderstood the post.
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