Expensive. But then again, it is hard to say. I do not give 'five stars' so that is not an issue. Old ('02" Chevy 4Whl Drv Tblzr that has 'had' two tranny repairs/replacements in the past (after some 125K the original went bad - but other things also went bad with this top dollar GM so we are not fans), by another shop in another state. We'd driven the 'missing first gear' SUV for six months but knew we'd need to get it fixed before winter ('14-'15). Estimate was $2800 - bill was $2930.00 something. Expensive. Two year guarantee (or 25K). Four days of service. So how's the shop? Monte is a 'friendly' guy. Never a sour or dour look, always upbeat... remembers names and is "positive"... of course if you are looking at the price, a "smile" while it is all going on is nice! But the older cars are (often) the ones with the "bad trans" and really, they are not going to 'pick and chose' which parts to repair/replace. All it takes is one 'remaining old part' to go bad and they eat the cost of tear down and repair. So it will ALL be repaired/replaced (remaned...) The owner is involved in Transmission 'repair' benchmarks and sits on a board that evaluates all aspects of transmission building, maintenance and repair. That is good we hope and may mean your trans repair is done with superior parts and mechanical knowhow. Time will tell. So far the SUV shifts flawlessly, better gas mileage and confience that we can get in the Trailblazer and go...anywhere. What kind of folks are they or do they appear to be? Honest. Yes, I believe so. Skilled, I watched them, they know their way around an automobile. It is hard to say until many miles down the road "if" all that was promised... is delivered upon. Would I go back? Well, actually, we did. They found a pretty bad axle seal leak and it was fixed about ten days later... hadn't leaked like that prior to the trans repair however it has 200K on it and so any major work might show up an 'about to fail' part. That was $320... big chunk of change to drop before Christmas and the Chevy didn't fit under the tree... but it is done. I would recommend this shop. Make sure you save up for the job, won't be inexpensive but I believe "you get what you pay for" and the job seems (so far) to have been well done.
Thank you so much, Roger. Your review is extremely appreciated and helpful. Such care from our customers helps keep us an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Shop. We know that a transmission rebuild is the second most expensive repair cost your vehicle will require. Certified Transmissions does not take such work lightly, especially since it has such a tremendous affect on our customers during Christmas time. With the updates now built into your transmission, it is much better than when your vehicle originally came off the assembly line. Remember to have your transmission fully serviced in one year or twelve thousand miles, whichever comes first, and two years, twenty-four thousand miles thereafter. That you returned to Certified for a general automotive repair on your vehicle is the greatest compliment we could have. Again, we thank you and look forward to answering your questions and caring for your vehicle for many, many more miles to come. HAPPY ALL YEAR! Monte Crooks, Office Manager/ASE Certified Service Consultant.
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