Did you check the ATF fluid level?
That is quite possibly one of the best stories I've ever heard haha... I mean.. not a happy ending but seriosly, what a dumbass... if he would have been patient you probably would have called the shop and maybe given up on it and sold it to him.. lolCamry_rider said:I had a similar problem with a car once. 1984 Camaro Z-28. It had broken down, spent two weeks in the shop. I got it out of the shop finnally, drove it for 15 mins and the trannie started slipping, I turned around to go back to the shop and in my anger I floored it and the trannie went bye bye. Now before I left the shop a new mechanic came up to me, said this your car?? I said yea, why? Hes says "awsome car man, Ill give you $1,500 for it right now." I said thanks, but no thanks...not for sale. Later he comes up to me as I was leaving he gives me his number. Says "call me if you reconsider man, Ill buy it off you even if the trannie goes out man. My offer will still stand" I laughed at him, said now way in hell this trannie is gunna blow, its got a rebuilt 700r4 with a shift kit. Not for sale" Well, after I sat on the side of the road all of that registered with me. I called the shop and spoke with my friend who is the manager there. I asked him to pull up a record of who worked on my car, who drove my car...anyone that even walked by my car. The guy that was so pushy to buy my car worked on it, and drove it. Everything added up. I got on the phone with the guy and asked him if he still wanted to buy my car. Hes like "yes!!!" I told him if he would send a tow truck, to come get the car he could buy it. he says "ok" I say, "one more thing man, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID TO MY CAR MOTHER FUCKER, YOU MUST THINK IM FUCKING STUPID...ILL TELL YOU WHAT, WHEN I GET BACK TO THE SHOP...IF YOUR STILL THERE, AFTER I BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU...IF YOUR STILL FUCKIN BREATHING YOU CAN HAVE THE FUCKING CAR, HOWS THAT SOUND?" He hung up. When I got back to the shop he was gone, the manager said he just walked out and quit. I never found that mother fucker, never got my Camaro back....never paid my bill either. The car was free, and im better off with out it, now that I think about it. Sorry to hear about your loss man.
the shop that offers the rebuilt includes a 3yr/10000km warrenty.Phi said:I can relate to your dilema. I had to debate the exact same choices when my tranny blew. My story is linked below.
If you choose to go with either the used one from a wrecker or jap, both are a gamble. Then again, the exposure to escalating costs of a rebuild isn't great either. At the end of the day, the choice is yours. How much of a gambler are you?
If you can wait it out and have a place to store the car, search on www.car-parts.com for a low mileage tranny.
Ebay also sells rebuilts. I'm not sure if shipping and core fees make it feasible but they have tons of positive feedback and worth considering.
One last tip, if you decide to get a rebuild, get a warranty on the labour and parts. I got 1yr/10K when I did mine.
Here's my sad story if you wanna read what happened;
Tranny acting up- http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=2424
Tranny being rebuilt- http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=2664
Con't - http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=2837
I ended up getting the tranny rebuilt a second time by a tranny shop who informed me that the previous mech. misplaced one small band. Otherwise, the tranny would have been fine. 2 yrs laters, the car still chugs along and I got my moneys worth. We're gonna drive the car to the ground and then throw it away.
For $2000 and I would keep the car at least another year to recover the cost. It hurts me to think I am going to spend $2k to fix something to unload, then go out and buy something else. If the rest of the car is good...why dump?_VVTi_ said:the shop that offers the rebuilt includes a 3yr/10000km warrenty.
shop that offers the installation of the used tranny includes a 90-days warrenty.
so.... i dunno which to go with?
but since i'm selling the car... i think i can get away with the 90-days warrenty. if it nothing goes wrong with the "new"-used transmission.