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Old 10-17-2016, 07:00 AM
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Daughter's Toyota broke down on side of 81. I got it towed with the help of a Yelp review Sunday.
They are thinking its the transmission. Wouldn't go into neutral for tow truck guy. smell and smoke, etc. That shop is saying not really worth putting a new trans in. I asked for price to see.

besides a yelp review would anyone be able to verify a company has a good rep?

Toyota Solara has 130k miles or so. has been trouble free for last 2.5 years.

Not sure its worth putting a new trans in?
prob only worth 2-3k

im 2.5 hours away.
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:24 AM
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Bump to keep this at the top. It sucks when your daughter has car trouble and dad can't be there to help.
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:33 AM
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yeah,
its one of those scary DAD calls where immediately you hear the panic in your little girls voice. She was on the side of 81 with the car smoking. She thought it might be on fire and was worried about her laptop and things and i'm trying to tell her to get away from car...

ugh

helpless Dad feelings suck!


she is safe, sorority sis came and got her. Its just a dumb car so it can be fixed or replaced. The people in western VA are so nice, just wish i knew for certain if 100% trustworthy. Without taking days off from work I kinda just have to trust this guy...
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Using a shop that's within the Jasper network will ensure you get a Jasper product and warranty. So you'll have some coverage from that.. Whether it's worth it... Ehhh that's a toss up.
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I'd look up NADA book value on the car before dumping too much money into a trans.
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Glad your daughter is OK. IMO that car is not worth the $ for a trans. If you can find a good independent shop that would swap in a used trans for $1500 or so total then I'd consider it, but spending the value of the car or close to for repair is a waste. Sell it for $1k and start over.

I don't know about up there, but around here if you're not in a hurry you can pick up a Toyota product with 100k or so on it for $4k - a decent amount of older low mile cars down here due to demographics.
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Unfortunately he's probably correct. The cost of the repair is what the car is worth and everything else is still old.
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I don't like the idea of used transmissions. You spend $1500 on a trans that usually has a 30 day warranty at best. The trans probably would come out of a car that's about the same age as the one that's bad.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Bump to keep this at the top. It sucks when your daughter has car trouble and dad can't be there to help.
This is why I put my daughter in a new car for college. No worries with the car just her and the other idiots on the road driving habits. You can lease cars today for almost nothing.
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I've also used Jasper Transmissions. Had one put in our Envoy. It failed about 6 mo. later and they replaced it. Has been fine ever since.

I'm in the Lynchburg area. Had it done by Pit Stop automotive. Probably a bit far from Roanoke to have it towed. I have also had good experience with Don Irby transmission repair in L'burg.

Tough decision on whether a tranny replacement is worth it or not. Guess you have to ask what it would cost to replace it with a car of comparable age/value. Knowing car history is always a plus. A well cared for toyota should have another 100K in it. Its not worth anything but $400 at a junk yard not running. Best route might be a junkyard tranny and then sell it or trade it in for something else?
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:37 AM
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Transmissions are cheaper than cars. 130k ain't nothing for a Solara.
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Mechanically, that car is the same as a Camry. We own one.

There has to be tons of wrecked Camrys with good transmissions all over the wrecking yards.

I have family there, but they are older and I have not been able to raise anyone who can help as yet.
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I do not have a name of a shop for you. I will do some digging. I live southwest of Lexington Va. so only 50 min. away. If there is anything that you need me to do call me five four zero four six three three eight nine zero. I have a car she could borrow for a few days or if she needs to get somewhere I could give her a ride. Let me know.

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I'd talk with several auto wreckers to find out if the Toyota Solara's trannies are a problem item. This should help you determine if your daughter's is more of an isolated case or this is the norm. And since you are talking with the auto wreckers ask them what a replacement tranny is worth AND what they would charge you to R & R the tranny. I've got to figure most of the auto wreckers would give you 30 days parts and labour warranty.
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FWIW... I spent $3k a few months ago putting a rebuilt trans in my Nissan Frontier. Wish I'd never done it - the "new" trans is a dog and I'm back to the same issues and fighting with the shop to honor their so-called "warranty."

I should have sold the truck "as is" back then.
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Are you a AAA member? Get a plus acct which gives you 100 miles of free towing.
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Thanks
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Will update. Daughter is back at school and can take bus to campus.
So all good there although the ride offer was very generous.

I am fixing up a beater e36 vert for son. It was his first car and that model is fun. So if mechanic can get that going I. Next weeke or so I can kick down his car to her if I need to

Have to decide what to do with giant ashtray of immobile Toyota. Maybe shop will buy for scrap
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
Thanks
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Will update. Daughter is back at school and can take bus to campus.
So all good there although the ride offer was very generous.

I am fixing up a beater e36 vert for son. It was his first car and that model is fun. So if mechanic can get that going I. Next weeke or so I can kick down his car to her if I need to

Have to decide what to do with giant ashtray of immobile Toyota. Maybe shop will buy for scrap
Post on Craigslist for sale
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:14 AM
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and.....

the engine is shot




anyone want a free 2500lb ashtray with 4 wheels?
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Scrap it or part it. Should be able to get $500-1000
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