DO NOT GO HERE FOR SERVICE! DOMINICK BAGLIONE WILL RIP YOU OFF.
My husband brought it in to the Englewood Cliffs dealership to replace the shifter cable as part of a recall. He also noted that the “check engine” light has been for a few days, so he asked that they check on that as well. The service manager, DOMINICK BAGLIONE, said the issue was with the transmission valve body, and that would have to be replaced. We were charged $2,666.49, and my husband drove the van home on 9/22 (10 miles away). Only when the van was parked in our driveway did he notice that transmission fluid was leaking from the van, and when he spoke to Dominick he said this was normal, since the technicians would over-fill and the fluid would spill over. He insisted this was normal and brushed off our concerns. The next morning, we noticed that the check engine light was back on and there was MORE transmission fluid on the driveway under the car. We were told to bring the van back into their shop. In the 10 miles it took to get from our house to their repair shop, the sounds the van made got progressively worse and the transmission was slipping. It barely made it to the shop. There, Dominick said that the van needed a completely new transmission, and it would cost and additional $6,657.03. This on top of the $2,666.49 that was already paid when he failed to correctly diagnose and repair the van. If anything, the van was in worse shape than when it was first taken into their shop. When asked if we could get credit for the $2,666.49 that was already paid when they first attempted to fix the transmission, Dominick refused. Since the van couldn’t be driven in the condition that it was in (it would never have made it out of their facility), he reluctantly agreed to have them do the work. Meanwhile, we called another dealership in Teterboro to inquire about how much it would cost to replace the transmission on the van. Their reply was $4,500 - $5,000 for parts and labor. They were shocked at what was being charged at the Englewood Cliffs dealership, and what was already paid for the attempted repair. Yet another dealership in Paramus was also shocked at the price and noted that the facility has a policy of price matching a competitor’s lower price. When Dominick was told that their sister dealership in Paramus mentioned their price match policy, he said he wanted to see it in writing, but overall disregarded it. When asked to speak to his supervisor, he refused to give a name. When it came time to make the final payment, my husband made a last-ditch effort to AT LEAST get credit for their first attempt at repairing the transmission. Dominick was defensive and insisted that he did him a favor by not marking up the price of the transmission by $3,000, so he claims that he did in fact give a “discount”. Note that this “discount” is not indicated on the receipt. Since the van was being held until the balance on the bill was paid, and it was useless to push the point with Dominick, my husband reluctantly paid.
We have since spoken to a mechanic who noted that perhaps the transmission valve body was install incorrectly, or the transmission wasn’t re-assembled correctly (hence, the leaking transmission fluid after the first attempted repair and reappearance of the check engine light), and perhaps this is what ultimately lead to the need to completely replace the transmission.