Last night, Rich the Tranny Guy (the guy that is fixing our transmission) called and told us he had some good news! Our transmission on the RAV4 sounds great and rides great but 5th gear is shot to hell. In fact, he’s never seen a 5th gear so shot to hell.
Toyota makes excellent transmissions and according to Rich, it’s the most shot to hell gear he’s even seen. You see, Toyota makes the gears so incredibly hard that they’re almost impossible to press – whatever that means, but it’s good. It’s a sign rugged durability. Rich told me in all honesty that, once again, he’s never seen a 5th gear so shot to hell.
Rich told me that he pulled 5th gear off and ordered the new parts for our transmission. He gave me a brief, yet thorough overview on the weak economy and the impact it has on car part inventories across the country. He hopes the part doesn’t have to come from Japan.
Rich didn’t waste anytime in telling me why he thought 5th gear was so beat to hell. As he explained I occassionally said, “I see.” I understood him clearly and thanked him with all of my heart that our bill was going to be much much lower than anticipated.