Leale's Transmissions & Auto

(408) 560-4391
69 Verified Reviews

8:00am to 5:00pm


405 Keyes Street
San Jose, CA 95112 USA


  • James Leale, Owner
  • Established 1965
  • 4 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 124 Years of Car Repair Experience

Leale's Transmissions & Auto Reviews


69 Verified Reviews
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by - Verified Customer January 22, 2018

Wonderful. The dealer wanted me to do unneeded repairs that wouldn't have fixed the problem at all.

by - Verified Customer January 20, 2018

Recently I had a bad expience with a local Toyota dealership that was trying to sell me a new transmission. The technicians Leale s took time to listen and diagnose the problem which turned out not to be the transmission. They were not willing to recommend any repairs unless they were sure it would correct the problem unlike the dealership. I found a repair shop that is fair and honest. The technicians here have years of expience. I felt I was in good hands and and that they cared about getting it right.

by - Verified Customer January 13, 2018

I will return to get my truck fixed again. Job well done!

by - Verified Customer November 25, 2017

Leale's always does great work and works hard to make sure the job is done correctly.

by - Verified Customer November 01, 2017

I brought in an RV recently purchased off of craigslist and Steve and company did a great job bringing it back to good working order. As a cheap craigslist deal, the RV started with a lot of problems and did not quite work as advertised of course; the speedometer and odometer didn't work, the automatic transmission had very jerky shifting between the lower gears, and the dash indicated transmission problems and that the ABS system was disabled. I was prepared to hear about transmission problems ranging from simply needing to replace the transmission fluid or replace a vacuum tube to rebuilding or even replacing the transmission (i.e. these problems could range from hundreds to thousands of dollars to fix). I was then pleasantly surprised to learn that replacing the speed sensor was all it took to fix all the observed problems. I didn't previously know that the speed sensor would be related to the automatic transmission shifting but was glad to learn that all of the symptoms resulted from a simple (and relatively cheap to fix!) underlying problem. Thanks Steve and company at Leale's!

by - Verified Customer October 25, 2017

I would highly recommend them.

by - Verified Customer October 24, 2017

Thank you. Fantastic service and customer support.

by - Verified Customer October 24, 2017

Appreciate the good service

by - Verified Customer October 21, 2017

Good experience. Leale's rebuilt one of the clutches in my SUV's automatic transmission. I was told it would probably take about 4 days. They finished on day 5, which worked out (I dropped off the vehicle on a Monday morning when they opened without any advance scheduling so I can't hold an extra day against them). The price was reasonable coming in towards the low end of a range quoted when they initially assessed the problem a week or two earlier. Leale's also changed the oil at my request over the phone a couple days after dropping the car off. I would use Leale's again and recommend them for transmission repairs.

by - Verified Customer October 17, 2017

The customer service was amazing. I have used them several times for my transmission needs and each time has been a great experience, I would highly recommend them to anyone.

by - Verified Customer October 09, 2017

The staff was friendly and informative about issues related to my cars repairs. I felt that they knew what they were doing and the results showed it to be true. I plant to get some more work done soon.

by - Verified Customer September 24, 2017

Courteous and helpful..

by - Verified Customer September 23, 2017

The service performed was average, the price for the part was too much. All in all the service performed could have been done anywhere and was actually quoted online at a cheaper price from mobile mechanics. I thought the service would have been performed quicker than mobile mechanics, but that wasn t the case. I ll do more research next time I decide I need a mechanic and before I call.

by - Verified Customer September 17, 2017

Excellent customer and technical service! I am satisfied and glad to have finally found my mechanic!

by - Verified Customer September 17, 2017

First time customer. Great communication from Steve.

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared
by - Verified Customer September 09, 2017

Steve and his team are professionals and they presented options for my situation. They are good at what they do and treat me as valuable customer.

by - Verified Customer September 03, 2017

No one is perfect, but Jim at Leale's transmission and his staff work very hard to solve problems and satisfy the customer. They're good intentions are plain to see. I have taken many vehicles there for maintenance and repair, the pricing is a little high, typical of Silicon Valley, but the service attitude is fantastic. Work with them so they understand what you want, and they will perform the work you are looking for. If you have a problem, speak directly with them, and they will work to make it right. Rather than search for perfection, which does not exist, I would rather pay for someone who is reasonable,

by - Verified Customer September 03, 2017

They treated me with respect, explained what they planned to do and kept me informed as to everything that was happening. Great experience.

by - Verified Customer August 21, 2017

Best customer service, best price, and great experience! Will definitely recommend!

by - Verified Customer August 13, 2017

Basically they replaced three engine mounts and the car still the same. SHAKING

by - Verified Customer August 01, 2017

Awesome as always. Thank you.

by - Verified Customer July 11, 2017

Treated fairly, respectfully & work was done to my satisfaction.

by - Verified Customer July 05, 2017


by - Verified Customer June 26, 2017

Great service

by - Verified Customer June 14, 2017

I was very impressed with the service I received. I intend to return for more services.

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared
by - Verified Customer June 05, 2017

If I could give this shop a higher rating for fairness and quality of work I would.... I did a lot of calling around to find the best price in San Jose and Jim was so awesome and explained everything that was done in detail and showed me the old parts that were taken out of my car. 10/10.

by - Verified Customer March 28, 2017

Brought my car in with a transition that was periodically slipping. They determined it was a control board. It's been a month and my car is running well. Replacing the board was much cheaper than replacing the transmission. So I appreciated that they correctly identified the problem.

by - Verified Customer March 18, 2017

Friendly, helpful, and very professional.

by - Verified Customer March 06, 2017


by - Verified Customer March 01, 2017

Great job! Leale's staff were able to diagnose and repair an issue another shop missed. I'm pleased and impressed with the level of professionalism and responsiveness. I will be back.

by - Verified Customer February 15, 2017

Thanks Jim!

by - Verified Customer February 08, 2017

The front desk was very nice and understood what needed to be done. When they came across a problem, they called me before doing anything. I would definitely come back for more repairs.

by - Verified Customer January 18, 2017

Felt satisfied, probably will go back.

by - Verified Customer January 17, 2017

Good, very good.

by - Verified Customer January 15, 2017

Steve did a great job in fixing our car. I'm very happy with the repairs and the service I received.

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared
by - Verified Customer January 02, 2017

Leale's saved me. I was so happy they were open and able to help me with my transmission problems. Car was done on time.

by - Verified Customer December 21, 2016

Fantastic experience. The repairs were completed before expected date. They only did the work that was necessary. I highly recommend this shop for auto repair and maintenance. Staff was friendly.

by - Verified Customer December 17, 2016

They made me feel confident that all would be taken care of and it was.

by - Verified Customer December 11, 2016

Car was serviced very promptly. Staff very polite and professional. Great experience overall.

by - Verified Customer December 03, 2016

My son's truck was worked on. Had to return for more service. Thanks for fixing it.

by - Verified Customer November 15, 2016

I offered to leave my paperwork file on the codes it had been pulling. Only the most recent work order from another mechanic shop. The computer had been cleared however, I still had a paper file. Had work done only to find out a valve job/engine block.

by - Verified Customer November 14, 2016

Jim was very friendly and explained everything. I did not feel pressured to get the repairs done. I will definitely go back.

by October 02, 2016

Fast service and regular updates over the phone

by - Verified Customer September 21, 2016

Good communication

by - Verified Customer September 14, 2016

Very professional job well done

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared
by - Verified Customer September 13, 2016

Great customer service!

by September 12, 2016

Jim and the folks at Leale's were able to rebuild my Jaguar transmission and diagnose (and fix) an odd sensor issue successfully. Very happy with their work.

by July 23, 2013

They did not fix the problem and they just took my money. 800 dollars, and I had to go back and get it fixed and then it still wasn't fixed. I got no money back.

by July 17, 2013

Because they did everything they said they were going to do and the price was fair. We were in and out.

by July 15, 2013

It was fast and it was inexpensive. The customer service was very nice.

by July 14, 2013

The customer service is very nice. Highly recommended to all my coworkers and I have, in fact, recommended them to my coworkers.

by July 10, 2013

Very reliable and courteous.

by July 08, 2013

I was very satisfied with their work. I looked at the price of the part and I found out I could get the part at O'Reilly Auto Parts and it was about 30 or 40 dollars cheaper than the auto shop.

by June 27, 2013

I was given a good price. The service was on time. We pre-scheduled an appointment and they were on time with the appointment. Communication was key there.

by June 10, 2013

Quality of service and their communications. Also they are very trustworthy. They were efficient and made a quick diagnosis of the problem.

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared
by June 10, 2013

They were fast, friendly and honest.

by June 09, 2013

We've used them before and they have consistent service. I can trust their service and know that it is fair.

by May 29, 2013

They are extremely knowledgeable and did research on my particular vehicle to determine the problem. They made good recommendations as far as the repair. Very helpful and easy to work with.

by May 28, 2013

They did the job fast and right for a fair price.

by May 01, 2013

About 20 years ago, I had a Chevy that needed a transmission that needed to be rebuilt and he did it. I never had a problem with it after he rebuilt it and I've been going there ever since. Any time I have a problem with the car I take it there. I've been going there for 30 years.

by April 25, 2013

Their prices are high, but they do good work.

by April 21, 2013

I'm satisfied. My transmission had a problem.

by April 21, 2013

The last visit was a follow up on a transmission repair. It was nice to have a free 6 month check up to make sure everything was ok.

by April 17, 2013

I was very disappointed with the repairs. They had my car for three weeks and not once did they call to update me on the repair.

by April 14, 2013

I've had work done there several times. I like what they do.

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared
by April 07, 2013

They are honest, very honest and they do excellent work. If you have a problem later they take care of it, no questions asked. They are really good people.

by April 03, 2013

They have good quality service. They are very responsive and always stand behind their products and services with their warranty.

by April 02, 2013

Good service and fair prices. They actually did a really good job on getting my car there. I dropped it off at the guy's house and he drove it in. It was really easy to get it to and from there.

1 verified customer did not leave comments but provided this rating:
by Jared

RepairPal Scorecard


Leale's Transmission & Auto is an established shop that has been a member of the San Jose community since 1964. It was passed down from father to son. this certified shop features an experienced, well season staff who specialize in transmission repair but they are capable of all kinds of other repairs and services. This staff combines for well over 130 years of automotive experience and has demonstrated a commitment to keeping current with on going training. They back their work with a 24 month/24000 mile warranty for your peace of mind. Local shuttle service, rental cars, early bird drop off, and wireless internet are available on site for your convenience.



  • AC/Heating
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Hybrid/Electric
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Smog/Emissions Testing
  • Timing Belts
  • Transmission Repair
  • Upholstery
  • Windshield/Glass
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  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee
  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Free Estimates
  • Free Multi-Point Safety Inspection
  • Gas/Diesel
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Rental Car
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shopping Nearby
  • Shuttle
  • Towing
  • Warranty Accepted
  • Wireless Internet
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  • iATN


* No-Cost Evaluations and Estimates.
* We Can Arrange Transportation To and From Work.
* We Will Pay the Towing for Transmission Rebuilds, Most Transmission Repairs and Major Auto Repairs Within San Jose & Santa Clara County!

1. ASE Certified Technicians
2. Modern Diagnostic Equipment
3. Professional and Courteous Staff

We Take Great Pride in Our Work.

Many local government agencies and business who you may trust, also trust Leale's to care for their vehicles.

San Jose's Only 1-Stop Full Service Shop for all Foreign & Domestic Automotive and Transmission Service & Repair. 4-Wheel Drive Repair, Engine Rebuilding, Exhaust, Interior & Upholstery, Drive-Train Upgrades and Modifications

Fast, Honest & Reliable Automotive & Transmission Repair Since 1964.


  • Acura
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  • BMW
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  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Geo
  • Honda
  • Hummer
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Pontiac
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  • Scion
  • Smart
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  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
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Question Answered by Leale's Transmissions & Auto
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Good Morning,

Leale's Transmission offers a FREE EVALUATION of your vehicle's transmission - this evaluation provides valuable diagnostic information as to the state, or damage to your vehicle's transmission, and helps determine possible repair or replacement costs. As transmission specialists, Leale's Transmission can or replace, repair or rebuild - in house, your Lexus' transmission, offering a nation-wide warranty on our work. We can even help with local towing!
Please call and we will schedule your vehicle for a free transmission evaluation at your earliest convenience. Leale's Transmission & Auto Repair 405 Keyes St San Jose, CA 95112 Business Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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