I discovered Superior Subaru Repair in 1997, when my '82 Subaru's transmission was getting funky (not synchronizing into 2nd gear, etc). I called a bunch of shops who said they'd be happy to put in another used 1982 transmission, but that they wouldn't be able to guarantee that it would be any better.\r
When I called Steve, he told me that he could modify my car's the transmission mount to install a more durable '85-'89 model year transmission. Since the only way to ""test"" a used transmission is to install it in a car, he actually installed three before he settled on one that he liked, and the bill still came out lower than his estimate.\r
I remained a regular customer there for the next 11 years, until my Subaru was damaged in a collision. Thanks to Steve's excellent care, my car still ran great after more than 300,000 miles.
Pros: Low cost, friendly service, extremely competent, on the Metro 120 bus (every 15 minutes)
Cons: Location isn't very close to Downtown Seattle (but the great bus line compensates somewhat in terms of convenience). No ""waiting area"" other than the office.