My transmission has finally had enough. I have 220,000 miles on my MV Weekender, and now the transmission is toast. Does anyone have any good recommendations on who does good rebuilds, and good work installing? I am in So Cal.
Unfortunately the market has not enough supply and too much demand which leads to crazy prices and schemes like the core charge. Be very careful, a friend of mine ordered a rebuild and it did not work. The shop had to pull it out again and send it back. I am not sure who took care of the additional labor. From the cost that I see here it might be even more cost effective to ship a rebuild transmission in from Europe. The British for example like the T4 a lot. Problem could be that Europeans usually drive manuals and diesel. German prices are as low as 2000 euros plus shipping for a rebuild Transmission. Of course you would have to figure out customs regulations and fees. Just a thought.
Thank you all for the info. With everyone's input, and a lot of research on my end, looks like I will be taking it to the dealer to avoid all the core charges and possibilities of getting a bad rebuild. As much as I try to keep it away from dealerships, this looks like my best option with a 1 year warranty.
I guess I'm pretty lucky to have driven so many miles without any problems before.
Again, thanks for the info. I will post the outcome next month.
I had a similiar problem with my 2003 Eurovan GLS and was so frustrated and sad as I was getting extremely high estimates from 9K down. Then my mechanic recommended Cres-o-matic in Hawaiian Gardens. He's the best, honest, detailed and way-way cheaper than all the others plus got a 3 year 36000 mile warranty. This was about almost two years ago and have been very happy with the performance of my eurovan.