Originally Posted by Gen1dak
My point is, a good rebuild kit is around $200, a great one is under $500, and that's just clutches, bands, seals. The pump has to come out as part of the teardown. Where's the labor in that? My logic states for that much, I'd pay $2600 for a 500hp capable performance unit from my preferred online vendor (no core charge, price includes new torque converter), then put it in myself, or pay some transmission dude $300 to do the install on his day off. You're talking $1000 for the pump? That's $800 labor? (A rebuilt pump is under $200. A new one is just over $600). I think you're getting hosed. It's your money and I know sometimes there's not really a choice. Been there, done that, but given a choice, I guess we see it differently. Keep in mind, once torn down, they may find a need for hard part replacement. If the drums and/or shafts are damaged, that'll drive the price up more.
I see where your coming from. I'm pretty happy with the price considering I had to have a new pump put in, not rebuilt. (I was also told the pump was a diesel, whatever he meant by that) anyways, The rest of the trans was pretty much trashed. I had everything replaced inside. And for just the pump (only) would have been around 800-900, but I needed a rebuild anyways. I did research on about 14 different shops near me, this was by far the cheapest with the highest rated reviews. Rebuild came with a 12,000 mile warranty, and my truck drives like it did when it first came off the line.