Dealing with Junk Yards :(
Do you ever have the dreaded sense that you are about to receive an @$$ raping? That's how I feel shopping around for a 2nd Gen tranny for my 95 Trep.
There's a shop, Rockville Used Auto Parts, that's really close to me and has several 99+ LH trannies in stock. I call and speek to the guy and tell him I have an 01 Trep(slight fib to maintain warrenty) and I'm looking for a 99+ tranny out of a 3.2/3.5 with as low miles as I can find for under $500. He keeps telling me about all these low mile trannies and I'll ask about the engine and he says... "2.7". I'm like I just said I don't want the 2.7. He tells me I'm miss informed about the final gear being different cause a program he "paid a lot of money for" is telling him they're all the same. I have a list of his trannies and keep asking him a 01 300M tranny with 49K listed for $450. Finally he tells me it's still in the car and he doesn't want to get it and keeps trying to sell me a 2.7 tranny. Finally he's like "you just want that one cause it's got only 49K on it". I'm like "yeah...". Then he has the balls to say, "So stop feeding me all this bullshit about final drive ratios". Then he states with attitude, "If you want that tranny bring me $500 and I'll pull it". I about lost it then! Basically told him to shove his POS tranny I'll take my money elsewhere.
It sucks cause that junk yard was much closer than any of the others listed on car-parts.com. But I'll be damned if I'm gonna be made to feel like I'm doing this junk monkey a favor by buying his tranny.
I subsequently found two other shops both with 101 day warrenty(vs. Rockville's 30 day) and more friendly sales people. The problem I face is this. The one shop is close to a buddies house and has:
99 Trep 3.5 Tranny with 50K for $450
This dude knew his stuff and confirmed that what I was saying about the final gear ratios was true. He said the first guy probably didn't look in the notes section where it states that while the part numbers are the same the final gear is different in the 2.7. He was smart and friendly, but his trans is older and higher mileage than what I was hoping. Plus is this tranny doesn't work, his warranty is more of a hastle cause he has no other similar backups. his lack of stock worries me a little.
Then I found another shop, equally far away. They have huge selection, but don't have flat rates for their parts, so LH trannies range from $450-850. I'm not spending 850 on a junk yard trans. Now this guy also told me that his computer said the 2.7 is the same as the others. I politiely said that I'm not doubting his software, but someone I trust told me otherwise so I'm gonna go with what my friend has said. Nuff said. From then on out no mention of the 2.7 trannies. Here's a few samples of what he has:
99 Trep 3.2 Tranny with 37K for $450
02 Corde 3.5 Tranny with 28K for $550(still in car)
99 Trep 3.2 Tranny with 27K for $550 (on shelf for 2 years)
00 LHS 3.5 Tranny with 26K for $600
00 Trep 3.2 Tranny with 20K for $600
So as you can tell he's pricer but has lower mileage trannies in stock. The Corde tranny seems like the best deal. An 02 isn't that old, and 28K seems like a reasonable amount of mileage for an 02. but it's still in the car. So I have to pay and then wait a few days for them to take it out. The same warranty, but they have the stock to just give me a new tranny if the first one is no good.
So that's where I'm at. What do you all think? Go with the shop with the nicer more knowledgeable sales guy or the shop with higher prices, better selection, but same misinformed software as the @$$holes in Rockville?