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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2015, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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This is my first post here. My Intrepid is metallic platinum. I'm told that that color is no longer available. I plan to do some backyard bodywork. I've never done this before. I plan to sand the small rust spots with a drumin motor tool. Then to spray with grey primer. The spray it with clear coat.

I went to the corner gas station to get a fuse checked. They told me I had an antifreeze leak. They removed the transmission to fix the leak. $639. Then I went to buy new front tires. The tire store said I had an antifreeze and to go back to the service station. Then they found that the radiator cap had a broken gasket. They put on a radiator cap they found in the back.

The next day, while stuck in mother's day interstate traffic, my transmission stopped working. The toe truck driver thought a hose came lose from the transmission.

I had it toed to the corner station. I needed a new transmission. $2600. The new transmission feels like an upgrade from the original one. I have a credit card dispute for the $639 pending.

Today I took my Intrepid to a Dodge dealership. I had the radiator flushed and a oil change . Also a 21 point inspection. My car is in great shape mechanically. It only has 76,000 miles. It drives like a new car.

I'm open to suggestions for backyard bodywork.

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I have absolutely no clue why you would need to remove the transmission to fix a coolant pipe. and $2600 for a new one is waaaaaaaaaaaaay over priced. I replaced mine for $100 which of course I did work myself.


You got screwed man. Big time.
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Hard lesson learned, but now there shouldn't be any doubt that you should never go back to that gas/service station. And if a hose did come loose and cause the transmission issue that they claimed you needed to replace the transmission because of, then I would think that the responsibility should fall on them for having recently removed it for some unknown reason.
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You got screwed man. Big time.
Ya think

I have absolutely no clue why you would need to remove the transmission to fix a coolant pipe.

When the mechanic had the car on the lift, he showed me how they had to dismantle the bottom of the car to get to where they needed to be, including separating the transmission.

The $639 has been returned to my account pending outcome of dispute. The mechanic has until July 17th to respond. The transmission feels like an upgrade. I think I might dispute the $500 labor charge for the new transmission next.

I replaced mine for $100 which of course I did work myself.
Okay. I'll give you bragging points.

I've been watching YouTube videos on backyard bodywork.
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You got screwed man. Big time.
Ya think

I have absolutely no clue why you would need to remove the transmission to fix a coolant pipe.

When the mechanic had the car on the lift, he showed me how they had to dismantle the bottom of the car to get to where they needed to be, including separating the transmission.

The $639 has been returned to my account pending outcome of dispute. The mechanic has until July 17th to respond. The transmission feels like an upgrade. I think I might dispute the $500 labor charge for the new transmission next.

I replaced mine for $100 which of course I did work myself.
Okay. I'll give you bragging points.

I've been watching YouTube videos on backyard bodywork.


The only coolant pipe I know of that is remotely back there is a pipe that is bolted to the transmission bell housing. Taking off the intake on a 3.5 makes it easier and you can reach it with the 3.3. No other coolant pipe/hoses would need a transmission removal. Granted some are a total Biiioootttttccchh. He at least show you the old parts? Old Transmission? I've known a few to just spray paint the old one make it look new sometimes. And resetting the TCM can give a firmer shift for a couple hundred miles.


Any time you get a new Trans its a upgrade.

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Thanks for your valuable reply.

Here's another question. The Dodge dealership said the platinum metallic color was no longer available. I think he was referring to spray cans. Now I here that some places will mix the correct color by knowing the VIN number.

I'm wondering if there is an online store that can do that?
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"Any time you get a new Trans its a upgrade."

I was thinking "redesigned" upgrade.
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"Any time you get a new Trans its a upgrade."

I was thinking "redesigned" upgrade.
Unless they did a 2 G swap I Doubt it... after I wanna say 2000 some of the internals were re designed to be bit more beefier. But anything below is same ol 42LE.

But to make it work on a 1G the flywheel needs to be modified, and harness modified as well.
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