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Sunday, June 16, 2013

mo-ho update

Good morning.
It was a crazy busy week in the Salon, and that's good because I have a mo-ho update.
Brighton Ford called Friday and informed me the transmission was shot.
I had 2 options.
They could pull the transmission, find how ever many parts failed, order new parts and rebuild the transmission. Or they could pull the transmission and replace it with a re-manufactured one, which would also come with a 3 year warranty.
The first choice would cost somewhere  between $1500 and $2500, depending on the number of parts that they find that need to be replaced.
The second would cost $4000.
Since my mo-ho only has 46000 miles, the transmission shouldn't have failed to begin with, so I ask, "if you re-build the transmission, what promise do I have that other parts won't eventually fail, since apparently, it's a crappy transmission to begin with".
He said he wouldn't be able to promise anything, and that's why he recommended a re-manufactured one.
So despite the added expense, we decided to go with his recommendation.
And because of the unexpected cost, and the persistently high gas prices here in Michigan, we've decided to cancel our other 2 long trips we had planned, which was to Starved Rock in Illinois, and Pictured Rocks in the UP.
So now, I'll have more time to spend in the yard.
And speaking of the yard.....
The ground cover is filling in nicely around the fountain.

And the herbaceous Peonies are in bloom.

So, Our RV trip schedule has been whittled down a bit, and we'll stay home the rest of June, but hopefully, we'll find something closer to home for the July trip, and the rest of the season's trips are fairly short, so we plan to keep them right now.
Brighton Ford said they may be able to get the mo-ho done sometime next week. Since it looks to be a busy week in the Salon  next week, it may be the following week before we get it back.
We'll see how it goes.....


  1. Sorry to hear about the tranny, but hope it works out for you.
    Your yard is amazing as always, Wayne. ♥

  2. Sorry to hear about the trans. You made the right decision on the reman. When I worked in automotive, even the manufacturers didn't like the techs going into them for repair because they were destined to fail again if just one small part was missed or fails.