Recommendations for car transmission repair?

car engine under hoodStephanie emails:

The clutch in my 2001 Corolla recently celebrated its 170k milestone and has decided that it's time to retire. I was wondering if any of your readers had a recommendation for a good transmission shop in the area. I'm located in Troy, so the closer the better, but I'll go wherever I need to for the right service with the right price.

First, Stephanie, let us congratulate you on getting your car to the 170k mark. And, second, let us offer our condolences for its clutch.Transmission repair/replacement can be an expensive job.

Got a suggestion for Stephanie? Please share.

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Miller's Corners Garage on lower Madison in Albany always treated me well with my old car. They can do just about any job, rates are reasonable and they're not shy about getting a cheap replacement part from anywhere they can find it.

Selby's in Watervliet - they took great care of my Toyota Corolla. I had close to 214,000 miles on it, all because of their help!

I heard that this guy is reliable and good:
George's Auto Repair
555 Congress St, Troy, NY 12180

I used to go to Capital District Transmission in Green Island...11 Mohawk St Green Island, NY 12183. (518) 273-6642 They were very responsive to my needs for a vehicle I owned at the time with some funky transmission issues.

I have used Aamco on Central Ave Albany. Had to completely rebuild my transmission in '04 was expensive about $2,000 but I have not had a problem since.

Just to emphasize the point that's implicit in the two comments above. You do not need to use a specialized transmission shop to replace a clutch. Any decent local garage should be able to do it. Tip: Get at least two price estimates before you get the work done.

Steve Hepp of Steve Hepp's Auto in Cohoes is the absolute nicest, most competent, and calming mechanic I have ever had the opportunity to visit. Call him and he will take care of you.

122 ontario st
cohoes, ny 12047

Ken Jewett off Route 40 has always treated me fairly and fixed the problems at more than reasonable rates.

I recently had some transmission work done at Ken Jewett and was also satisfied with the service in price.

The location says Troy, but it's actually more like Schaghticoke - kind of far haul depending on where you live.

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