I have a 1993 Nissan Maxima with 107K miles. Its a good car, but it wont run due to a transmission problem.
AAMCO is quoting $2700 to rebuild the transmission with a 1 Year, 12K miles warranty.
Is it worth to go for the rebuild? Is AAMCO a ripoff?
I am concerned that AAMCO is not trying to charge $2700 for a $700 worth of work.
AAMCO is indeed a ripoff. rebuild on that trnny should be half that price, if not a little less. I know independant shops that will do it for less than $1000.
I once had a guy at AAMCO show me a pan with enought fine metal particles to make one of the gears in the bottom, trying to convince me I needed a rebuild on a Suburban with only 50K miles on it and running well. I told him to put the thing back together and i sold it running fine three years and 50K miles later running fine.
Somebody needs to do an expose in the media on transmission shops.
First, do the math. Is your 1993 worth a $2,700 transmission? This may be more than the value of the entire car. Last April, I sold my 1993 Maxima SE needing a rebuild of the VTC modules and the replacement of the timing chain. Yes, my transmission could have used a rebuild as it would hold first gear for longer than it should. No including the transmission rebuild, the other repairs were about $4,000 repair. However, I had 400,000 miles on the car with no major problems up to that point (even had the original muffler and shocks/struts). I ended up selling the car for $500.
I would NOT bring my car to AAMCO to get anything done. $2700 seems to be way too high of a price and I personally do not trust their work. Shop around to find better prices, you'll see that the local guys that have been around for a while and who actually have a reputation to uphold do great work and know what they are doing. AAMCO is just a name, and with hourly employees they don't really care how the work is done (my mechanic told me to shop around for prices if I didn't want to go through him, but specifically said not to go to AAMCO). From what I have heard about them, they always end up charging more money in the end for mysterious unforseen problems that pop up.
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