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Title: AVOID ManTrans in Florida
Post by: Feffman on October 20, 2019, 11:51:05 AM
Good Day All:

As is often quoted, “Enter at your own risk”.  Do NOT send your transmission to ManTrans ( or in Tallahassee, Florida. 

After speaking with Cindy Allen of ManTrans, I sent them a 65K mile ZF 5-speed transmission for a rebuild just to make sure it was new before installing.  My American Express card was billed immediately.  The transmission was delivered to their facility May 28, 2019 for what was supposed to be a 2-3 week rebuild.  As you can guess, it’s now mid-October 2019 and no transmission. 

The ongoing saga:
•   We need one bearing to finish the rebuild (July 2, 2019)
•   The transmission is completed and needs to be run on the dyno (August 8, 2019)
•   I’m not sure what’s going on with it.  I’ll call you back (July – October 2019)
•   Transmission is finished and ready to go on the dyno today (September 9, 2019)
•   Owner Darrell Moore ( tells me they need a bearing and a synchro (September 23, 2019)
•   Owner hung up on me after I asked them to ship the transmission back to me.  Long, excuse filled e-mail from owner in response to my e-mail.  Taking synchro from core they have in house (September 26, 2019)
•   October 1, 2019 e-mail inquiry to the owner with response: “Builder out today, I’m getting with him now to confirm”.  Of course, no response three days later. 
•   October 7, 2019 owner says transmission shipping 10/8 or 10/9/19 after dyno run.  They will send me the video of the dyno. 
•   October 9, 2019 “Builder out with death in family.  If it doesn’t ship today.  I guarantee it will tomorrow”
•   October 15, 2019 phoned and left a message as well as e-mail.  No bill of lading so obviously transmission isn’t done and hasn’t shipped.

I’ve contacted American Express to dispute the charge, but since it’s past 60 days, they’ve no guarantee.  I’m writing off the ZF transmission costs as part of my ongoing adult education. 

Call this my mistake for at least not checking the Better Business Bureau.  I don’t usually put much stock in the BBB, but I’ve never seen a “F” rating.

Many of us have had similar issues with other vendors.  This is my experience with ManTrans.  You may want to avoid them.   

God knows in what condition the ZF will be returned, if it comes back at all.

Title: Re: AVOID ManTrans in Florida
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 20, 2019, 09:57:51 PM
Thanks for the heads up, and sorry for your struggles.

And, you reminded me to check the BBB on a shop I’ve been working with which hasn’t been satisfactory. Unfortunately, their rating doesn’t reflect my experience. 
Title: Re: AVOID ManTrans in Florida
Post by: 1690 on October 20, 2019, 11:14:43 PM
 I would take a trip down there and ManPunch him right in his ManFace.  :o
Title: Re: AVOID ManTrans in Florida
Post by: 2112 on October 20, 2019, 11:52:51 PM
The BBB ratings can be bought thru membership purchase levels.

I am with Nick.
Title: Re: AVOID ManTrans in Florida
Post by: Bill on October 21, 2019, 06:20:44 AM
Sorry to hear about your troubles. I personally, highly recommend

They have built a number of my road racing transmissions, always on time, never any issues or delays.