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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:04 PM
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Transmission swap time

Quick question for you guys. I dropped my D90 off at a shop to have the gearbox pulled and swapped for a rebuilt unit. The 90 has been at the shop for 2 months and I have seen little to no work happening on it. SO my question is: Typically how long does it take to pull and swap a gearbox AND what does the typical shop charge (not including the cost of the gearbox itself)? The shop is also doing the clutch, and master/slave cylinder.

I'm not to easily angered, but I am starting to feel really put off by this shop owner telling me to 'check back next week,' every week.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Wtf!! A shop can do the swap in a few hours! Lets say they keep it a few days for tests and to make sure the clutch is bled correctly.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:13 PM
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About a month and 3 weeks too long is how long its been at the shop. Should only take a week tops, and that's taking your time and making sure everything is tip top..
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:14 PM
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Wtf is exactly what I am thinking.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:16 PM
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Pick it up and take it to a diffrent shop.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:18 PM
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x2. Find a new shop that actually want your business.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Wtf!! A shop can do the swap in a few hours! Lets say they keep it a few days for tests and to make sure the clutch is bled correctly.

I would get an agreed total job price before he completely robs you.

I'm on a plane so can't look it up ... But someone on here will have the official land rover book with hours for the job. You should find out those hours and make sure he doesn't try and charge you more than that.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:24 PM
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someone on here will have the official land rover book with hours for the job. You should find out those hours and make sure he doesn't try and charge you more than that.
Thanks Jason. Good call. Does anyone know the hours? I can calculate that against his quoted hourly rate.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:23 PM
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Warranty time is between 4-5 hours (4.5 I believe). Most shops charge 1.X times warranty time. I would expect to pay 7-8 hours of labor which is fair enough. Also, there is no need to bleed the clutch. The slave can be disconnected. It is not hard to swap if you have a long extension for your impact gun to get the bolts on the top of the bellhousing. As far as a reman trans, you again will pay a markup on parts. I would think you would get charged at least 20% over retail. If you get out of there for under $3k I would be impressed. My guess on the tab would be $3500-4k.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:32 PM
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Evilfij, does the $3.5 - 4k include the gearbox or is that without the gearbox? I was quoted about $3500 but that was NOT including the gearbox itself.
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Try page 2 of this thread...

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...t=42468&page=2
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:56 PM
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They are charging you 3500$ of labour? For that kinda money I'll jump on a plane and replace your tranny! Out with the old and drop the mew one in before the end of the day and pop back in the plane to be in time for a romantic meal with my wife!
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:59 PM
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Maybe they are putting your truck out front to get their business noticed.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:03 PM
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definitely go to a different shop! that is a crazy price. the shop i work for wouldn't charge anywhere near that! but than i am also on the other side of the country. but it isnt hard at all to replace yourself. i would take a wack at it, if you have had it sitting for two months in a mechanics yard, it can sit on your driveway or garage for a few weeks while you take your time to do it!
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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Yeah these are all lessons learned. I've been looking through the shop manual all afternoon. I wish I had it sitting in my garage these past two months. I would've been far more productive. One a positive note, Southwest Rovers rebuilds a beautiful gearbox:



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I'm going to have the shop detail out their hours and rate for all this. Thanks for all the help. Now I feel like what I was thinking has a bit of a platform to stand on.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:33 PM
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And what do expect to gain from that? Best to just walk before they take apart your truck and you are left with no other choice.

They are just going to be pissed and tell you to bounce or do a crappy job if you start questioning their practices.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 12:44 AM
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3.5K in just labour to swap out the gearbox is just silly. I hope they include the anal lube in that quote for the ass reaming they are giving you on the price. Plus the fact they have had your truck for two months and havent done shit.

At this point i'd bring it home if you have the space to work on it. I'm sure if you have a BBQ you can get a few locals over to help and to supervise and knock it out in an afternoon.
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I hope they include the anal lube in that quote for the ass reaming they are giving you on the price.
Man! Total ripoff. Doesn't even come with complimentary lube. I've got to bring my own.
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I've got a couch, a garage full of surfboards, and a mile between me & the ocean if anyone's game. But unfortunately for psychokid, I just gave away my grill on Craigslist
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