my transmission in the van DIED today! We leave Friday!!!!! I am hoping I can get it in the shop (and Pray Lord I do not need a new Transmission) and have them get it in and out..not have it be a job that takes DAYS. What to do? Please send PD my way, for a fast recovery of the van. Our whole trip was planned on us driving. UPDATE! Car is fixed! OMG! I called a service center that my friend recommended, and told them I wanted to aviod a middle man, so if they don't fix transmissions, could they give me a referral. They sure did! I called this transmission shop, and explained my problem, and that we needed to drive to Fla on Friday. Unfortunately, he told me IF it was a major repair job, the liklihood of having the car for Friday was slim. But, he offered to take a look at it, no charge (SWEET) and give me a quote and let me know what was going on. He called back around 2PM to tell me it was a shift switch that was broke, he was not going to condemn the transmission until he fixed the switch he knew was bad. He said it would be done by tomorrow, IF the transmission was fine after the repair (could still be looking at a major repair)....He called tonight, he stayed late 8PM, to get it done, and it is all SET! All fixed, no major repair, can pick it up first thing in the AM. HE says it runs beautifully! WOOHOO. AND....I was expecting a major repair job ($1600) AND having to find alternate transportation to Disney (minimum $900) the grand total for the repair is a meek $350.00 I know, usually an unexpected $350 repair bill would have me on the floor, but looking at what I was expecting to have to pay, I am doing a pretty happy jig right now. My DH was quite impressed with this transmission guy. Now THAT is customer service! He wants to send him a thank you with a gift certificate to a restaurant.