Cottman Trans - Lodi, NJ Informative - Trans Service
LODI, NEW JERSEY -- Cottman trans was recommended to me from a friend for my 1999 jeep grand limited. I was going to have lee miles or a local (Denville trans) do the job but they replace the entire trans with a re manufactured unit for around $1500 to $1700 dollars. And a one year 17000 mile warranty. Cottman trans claimed this is not the way to go the remanuactured trans is gabage and they could "probable" rebuild mine better and cheaper. Denville and Lee miles offers a free estimate but cottman charges $500 dollars so now I'm committed to them or eat the $500. Well when they called to tell me what was needed and recommended including front brakes? we were up to $2150! Fine whatever just get it done and do it right.
Two days later I pick up the truck and drive home about 40 miles. It drove somewhat ok but half way home the truck starts smoking and I mean smoking like it was a jamesbond car. The cars behind me had to pull over and stop until the smoke settled. When I got home I checked the trans oil level and found it about 5 quarts past the max fill level! The whole underside of the truck was covered in trans oil and it was hitting the exhaust pipe causing the smoke and probable almost caught fire! Rookie mistake! They said they don't know how this happened well, on the receipt theres a 21 point check list none of which were checked and the first one is trans oil level! I told them I would remove the oil to the proper level and see what happens they said fine. It seemed fine for a couple miles and then it just started messing up bad.
There was a couple big "bangs"! then a gear wining noise and it was all over the place. Not downshifting not upshifting stuck in third gear reverse lights stopped working but the front brakes are fine. So I had to drive the truck all the way back to lodi, they did not offer to tow the vehicle and actually asked if I could have it towed because I have AAA! They had no explanation for the faulty work and said they'll take care of it in a couple of days. We'll see...
When I get the truck back I'm bringing it To Lee miles and Denville trans for a free diagnostic and see what they say about it.