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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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Thanks for your reply. Your saying your 2nd tranny rebuilt from honda died after 60k or its going strong after 60k?

thanks for the replies...

Thanks for your replies guys. I was leaning towards the Gator or Jasper option and then got a quote from a local dealer for what seemed like a great price for a honda rebuilt so I had that car shipped to them for $500 bucks. Turns out they quoted me the wrong price, off by around $1000 bucks. Anyway, I started to explore the alternatives and the dealer said they would install whatever tranny I wanted for around 1K in labor.

After receiving our van, they said that they think the tranny might be fine and that it is just a broken shifter cable. They have ordered the new part for $85 bucks and it will be about $260 in labor to install. My thought was that I broke the cable when trying to get the car out of 2nd gear (took a lot of pressure) and that the tranny is still trashed. They said they looked in through a peep hole at the tranny and it looks fine. Not sure what to expect at this point. I gave them the go ahead to replace the shifter cable for $350.


Let's hope the tranny holds out a while longer.

Thanks again for your thoughts!
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