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I *heart* our Trani Shop

April 28, 2007 - 8:21 PM

Do you have a good trani shop? If you don't you should move to IC and meet our guys. They are so great! You could judge them on their work alone, but that would do a disservice to the full experience of going to a trani shop.

We first met them through our Lincoln 2 years ago. She was giving us some minor issues and we took her in to PT, not knowing what to expect. (Our mechanic whom we trust here in IC recommended them so we went.) When we called for the appointment the guy on the phone said, "Come in at 8 and my brother will drive your car around the block and tell you what is wrong with it." See, you know you're in for some fun from the get go.

I had our 4 & 2 year old boys in their car seats with me and as soon as I pulled up the brother comes out and motions for me to slide over to the passenger side. He then takes us for a ride around the block. We get back to the shop and his brother comes and tells us we can wait while they replace some part. Their shop is as dirty and as grimy as humanly possible without being at the dump and with 2 little ones I was anxious. However, survival came in the form of 2 race cars and their countless pictures of them.

The brothers had 2 stock race cars in their shop, up close and personal for two wide eyed boys. One they had someone else drive and race, the second one brother's son raced. The boys were in heaven for the next 45 minutes while the brothers worked side by side to fix our car. When they were done they told is about their next race, just down the interstate in WL and that we should go. (Which we indeed did, it was my birthday present!) Nothing can beat that they were so incredibly friendly!

This week, when our Buick started having trani fluid leakage issues, we took her back to those 2 brothers. They had moved to a "nicer" shop a block away from their old shop, and they had sold their stock cars for Harley's, but they were just the same. The dark haired brother drove our car, then they talked together to diagnose it, then they fixed it together and the whole time they were incredibly friendly and gracious and very grimy.

Then, the part I forgot from our last meeting, their mom is their secretary. She is, probably, 75, white haired and really tiny. She will happily tell anyone about her arthritis. When I met her the first time she was just as chatty and kind as her sons and this time was no different.

Outside of the fact that after leaving their shop you want to take another shower for the day, you cannot beat the conversation and expertise - the Buick is running like a new car! I would recommend them to my dad! (And that is saying something!)

Response to I *heart* our Trani Shop

  • Leah said on April 30, 2007 - 8:06 AM

    Who are these guys? And who is your trusted mechanic?? We have been through about 8 places in the last three months and still can't find someone we like.

  • Dana said on April 30, 2007 - 8:56 AM

    Well, our Trani guys are Precision Transmission. They are located just one block south of Hwy 6 & Gilbert on the left side of Gilbert, they have a huge black text on white sign on the building. Our mechanic is the guys at Iowa City Tire. About half of the guys are really great and the other half so-so. But those are the best odds we have found in all of IC so we consider them good. Have you been to them yet? I always find it funny to recommend because my sister had these guys come out and do her roof and they were the guys that totally criticized us and I refused to do work with. So if you have tried either of these places and bombed out, my apologies! :)!

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