John Braconnier, President of Trans tech Transmission
This is a fact, and here’s a look at why.
It started with the need for better gas mileage. The development of complex transmissions occurred during the early 1980’s in response to consumer demand for fuel economy due to rising gas prices. Manufacturers looked to the transmission to help control fuel consumption. Computer technology was installed to regulate some key functions in the transmission and replace the vacuum or throttle linkage controls.
This trend from the late 80’s will continue into the 90’s until all transmissions are computerized. So, although the transmission may be operating more efficiently, these units are now much more expensive to repair. More training, more time, and more knowledge is required from the staff and management of the transmission shop to stay current with these developments. I have been in business for over 25 years and have seen how the rear wheel drive 3-speed automatic used to take about 8 hours to remove, overhaul and reinstall; now the 4-speed automatic and front wheel drive transmissions take an average of 12 to 18 hours.
With a common labour rate of $100+ per hour, a quick calculation will put your repair bill at over $1,000 before any parts are put in! There are other factors to consider when you are comparing prices for your transmission repair work.