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Old 10-02-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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Hello everyone!

Yesterday I got a flat, replaced the tire, was driving home and leaked all of my transmission fluid EVERYWHERE (guessing the "straw that broke the camel's back" was driving about 200 yards on the flat, on the highway) -- anyway after messing around a little bit under the hood I am almost 100% certain my transmission failed.

Anyway... I'm very new to San Antonio and I need to know of a good repair shop, with a good reputation, good prices, etc. The car is an 01 Toyota Camry with a lot of miles (140k).

Thanks so much.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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IMPERIAL TRANSMISSION SERVICE
951 E Bitters Rd, STE 501
San Antonio, TX 78216
404-9646

another is, Gary Zenda, 509-0050
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Hello everyone!

Yesterday I got a flat, replaced the tire, was driving home and leaked all of my transmission fluid EVERYWHERE (guessing the "straw that broke the camel's back" was driving about 200 yards on the flat, on the highway) -- anyway after messing around a little bit under the hood I am almost 100% certain my transmission failed.

Anyway... I'm very new to San Antonio and I need to know of a good repair shop, with a good reputation, good prices, etc. The car is an 01 Toyota Camry with a lot of miles (140k).

Thanks so much.
Reputable automotive mechanics

Mechanics on NW side of town
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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The Dealer Alternative
951 E. Bitters Road #401
San Antonio, Texas 78216
210.545.1777 Office
210.545.1775 Fax

This shop was started by a gentleman who worked at the local Lexus dealership's service center. They come highly recommended. They are honest and repair only what is needed at a very reasonable price. It is truly a great experience to work with these guys and I have recommended many friends, co-workers and family to this shop.

The Dealer Alternative started off servicing only Lexus and Toyota but they now service just about all makes.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:47 AM
 
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And here I go again only because I was ripped off by an auto repair on Nacogdoches/PerrinBeitel and then he tried to do the mechanics lien. It was a horrible place that only made the car worse after they touched it.

So here I go - Please remember to verify ratings with the BBB before consenting to any work being done on your vehicle.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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What side of town are you in?
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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Default Imperial took my money and my car is still broken

I paid Imperial transmission around $2000 and my car was in the shop for around 2 months and it's still broken. In my opinion, I basically paid these guys $2000 to screw my vehicle up more.
They sent my car to a mechanic who specializes in my type of transmissions and then said I had to pay the guy.

The only way my service could have been worse would be if they took my money and then blew my car up. These guys are supposed to be transmission specialists and the actualluy damaged my transmission. Do yourself a favor and check up on these guys. BAD, BAD, EXPERIENCE.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:26 AM
 
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Default I wouldn't call this a good shop.

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IMPERIAL TRANSMISSION SERVICE
951 E Bitters Rd, STE 501
San Antonio, TX 78216
404-9646

another is, Gary Zenda, 509-0050
I took my vehicle to imperial and TOTALLY GOT SCREWED. I'm sure they have pulled off a few rebuilds but the manner in which they repaired mine was comprable to something you could ad to your transmission fluid from wal-mart.

If your adding swelling agents to fix a transmission, your not a mechanic in my book. I paid, and paid and paid but my transmission was never fixed.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Spending money on a transmission repair for an almost 10 year old car is probably not a good idea. I'd look for another car or a used transmission from a wrecked car. There used to be a place here in town that sold transmissions that they would import from Japan. They were used but low mileage. I found one for my wifes Mazda years ago. I paid about $400 for it and had a transmission shop install it for about another $200. We drove the car for years until we finally traded it in.
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