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Old 05-23-2014, 06:00 PM
 
Location: plano
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A relative has a 2007 G35 Sedan with 171000 miles on it. The dealer says it needs a new transmission which is $11k. Sounds high to me and know a mechanic with a great reputation I recommended they get a quote. Any other ideas and am I off the mark on $11k being to high?

This is a 2 wheel drive not 4.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Sounds exorbitant but not surprising for a new dealer who wants to slap in a brand new one.

That car isn't worth it. I'd be looking for a reman or rebuild from an independent transmission shop.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:47 PM
 
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...or maybe a used one. You may be able to find one with a reasonable guarantee. It is likely the least expensive approach.

Find a good independent car repair shop that does import work, and ask them. They probably have done this before.

Google 'used Infinity g35 transmission' to get an idea of what may be possible.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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11k? That's ridiculous! A complete rebuild from a reputable shop should run you in the $3500 range for that car. With that mileage though u may want to consider selling it before dumping so much money into it.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:32 AM
 
Location: plano
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Thanks all, the new car dealers are getting ridiculous with repair prices. This car has 175k miles on it without anything going wrong so my in laws are inclined to repair it if we can get a price that seems reasonable. It is not their primary car now so the mileage will drop. Given its great track record they might put some money in it.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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used near Plano with warranty, many have extended warranties available.

A.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), RWD
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 85K miles 685.00


A.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), AWD
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 109K miles 1030.00

M.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), from 6/07
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 54K miles 1030.00

M.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), thru 5/07
Late Model Auto Salvage USA-TX(Haltom-City) 817-916-5325 68K miles 800.00
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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I agree that a rebuilt transmission from a competent trans shop should cost somewhere in the area of $3,500. Of course, the category of competent transmission shops does NOT include the likes of AAMCO, Lee Myles, Cottman, Mr. Transmission and other chains.

An independent trans shop that has been in business for at least 3 years is the place to go for...honest diagnosis, competent repairs, and--most important--fair pricing.

All of that being said, I am willing to bet at least a few bucks that this Infiniti never had its transmission serviced, or that it was not serviced often enough. If you change trans fluid (and filter, if so equipped) every 30k miles, transmission failure is extremely rare. On the other hand, transmissions that are not serviced on that type of schedule can be counted on to fail anytime after 120k miles.

Even if the vehicle mfr claims that the transmission contains "lifetime fluid", you would still be wise to service your transmission every 30k miles. The concept of lifetime fluid is pure BS, and the result of believing that nonsense is...very expensive

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Old 05-28-2014, 07:38 AM
 
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used near Plano with warranty, many have extended warranties available.

A.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), RWD
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 85K miles 685.00


A.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), AWD
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 109K miles 1030.00

M.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), from 6/07
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 54K miles 1030.00

M.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), thru 5/07
Late Model Auto Salvage USA-TX(Haltom-City) 817-916-5325 68K miles 800.00
These look appealing. Lower mileage better if genuine. Check out the guarantees. Check if AWD matters.

Find a good independent repair shop, get their input and estimate.

I agree with the poster that suggests changing fluid often. An interval of about 30k is great... 35-40, even 50k still worth it. Few people do it of course.

BTW, (new) car dealers may have a vested interest in making the repair on this kind of car expensive. They would like to sell you another one.

Good luck...let us know how it turns out.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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used near Plano with warranty, many have extended warranties available.

A.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), RWD
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 85K miles 685.00


A.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), AWD
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 109K miles 1030.00

M.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), from 6/07
LKQ TX Dallas USA-TX(Dallas) 1-800-552-1534 x-3726 54K miles 1030.00

M.T., 4 Dr (Sdn, VQ35HR), thru 5/07
Late Model Auto Salvage USA-TX(Haltom-City) 817-916-5325 68K miles 800.00

AWD does matter, and he didn't say but I'm assuming the car is Automatic since the vast majority are. So only one of the above would work, if it is the right year range. 2007 was the 5sp. A couple of years later, they started using 7spds. Don't make a mistake and order the wrong one. A tuner shop could probably get any of them to work, but I doubt his folks want to go through that kind of trouble.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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AWD vs RWD does matter here because of the tailhousing of the trans. the AWD version of the JATCO RE5R05A bolts up to a transfer case, while the RWD version bolts to a output to the driveshaft and rear wheels.

I'm sure a tuner shop could make a AWD trans work with RWD by swapping parts between the two, but I'm pretty sure a dealership won't do this.


I'm guessing $11K is the cost of a new transmission installed. It is on the high end of things for prices i've heard. Most numbers i've heard for replacing the G35's trans are around $5K or so for a used transmission installed by an independant shop. I would definitely shop around for a quote, and even try a Nissan dealership (they can repair Infiniti's and usually have cheaper labor rates) if your inlaws desire a dealership repair.

For the most part, the Jatco is pretty reliable with regular fluid changes. It's when the fluid doesn't get changed, or the correct Nissan Matic-S isn't used that i've seen transmission failures with these cars. I would inquire if they had had the transmission regularly serviced.

I own an G35 myself.
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