I decided that it's time to fix my transmission and since I don't have time what with my school schedule and course load and all. I read up on a great many issues people are having with the 4t65e transmission.
Since the transmission was not throwing codes and was hesitating in shifting up and down on the point I read that it could be something as simple as a gummed up valve body or completely bunged solenoid. My options were to take it out to the country after getting all the parts needed for a rebuild and spend a long weekend with my cousin removing, reconditioning and reinstalling the transmission. Drop it off at the local tranny shop and tell them to rebuild it (like dropping a bomb on a mosquito, cost $1200-1400) or take it to the people responsible for creating such a shit product since they seem to know what's really going on in order to accurately diagnose what is going on ($75 to diagnose and go from there).
Anyhow, I decided after reading several service bulletins and deciding that this could be diagnosed. I took it to the GM dealer with the idea that if I paid a little more for service. They called me right after checking the system and told me that they would need to drop the pan to check for filings and if I wanted to put in a filter. Turns out there were NO filings and so the decision was made to put in a new solenoid.
I got the call the next day and they tell me that the car is still not hitting the shift points but only on the 1-2 and 2-1 shifts (2nd gear clutch? or malfunctioning new solenoid). Currently my bill is $650 for a transmission that is not fixed and they suggest that I have the transmission rebuilt at a cost of $2000. No goddamn way am I paying $2000 for a rebuild. I'm having a serious problem paying $650 for a partially fixed transmission with NO guarantee. The excuse was used that the car is 8 years old and has 155k KM's on it. My arguement is that if I wanted to rebuild the transmission I would have acted on my 2 other choices and that the dealer should be best equipped to diagnose ANY problem. They made a call and went with it and now are defaulting to a rebuild.
I'm stuck between not paying for this shit and paying for work done. The only thing that jumps out at me is that they fixed 2/3 gears and so I should only pay for 2/3 of the build. Part of me says that there can be a chance that a solenoid is bad still causing this because lets face it ... solenoids are electronic and ANYTHING can happen during the manufacturing process. The dealer is RELUCTANT to reinstall another solenoid and if it still performs the same, they will charge me for more labour.
I need an opinion on this. YES I know I should have done the damn work myself and deserve what I got but in the whole scheme of things. If you pay for a service and not get less that what you were told, you should not be required to pay the advertised price.