On Dec. 23rd my GMC 3500 van started having transmission problems. The check engine light came on and the transmission started 'knocking' very violently whenever it shifted gears.
I took it to a service shop the next day and the diagnostic test showed that it was indeed an internal transmission problem. They could either tear the whole transmission apart and try to fix it or put a new transmission in with 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty. (I bought the van used, "as is" no warranty). I went for the new transmission because they can get it done faster and the warranty is much better. It going to cost me $3000 total to replace. This is not what I wanted to hear right before Christmas, but it is what it is.
At first I was upset, but then I thought about it, and I realized that everything is just fine.
1) I bough the van for a steal during the gas price craze, because nobody wanted to buy a 6.0 liter engine truck back when gas was over $4/gallon. The dealer sold it to me $2500 under bluebook value.
2) I have the money to pay for the new transmission, so at least it won't put me in debt.
3) I can't afford to have the truck 'down' for more than a day, as it is my sole truck and without it the company loses around $600-$1200/day in gross income.
4) A lot of people are in a lot worse situation right now. Unemployment is rampant all over the country, businesses are folding left and right, and a lot of people are going hungry this holiday season, and I am extremely fortunate to be in the position that I am in right now. My family has a warm house, food in the fridge and even some nice Christmas presets under the tree. My family is healthy and happy. My business is doing well and I have plenty of work. In short: I HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR, AND I WILL NOT FORGET IT THIS CHRISTMAS. A surprise bill isn't going to get my mood down.
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL AND BE THANKFUL TODAY FOR ALL THE BLESSING IN YOUR LIFE!