Engine great. Huge transmission failure @109,000mi
By hotskiier on Friday, September 23, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "fun to drive, great pick up awesome looks great engine!"
Cons: "transmission probably will go, spectacularly, if not dangerously, if not caught early."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The engine is a workhorse (DOHC 24v V6). I love this car, mostly. But the transmission started slipping, and true of other Ford Taurus's the transmission failed by 109,000 miles. At first it was only slippage, but then it would drop into 2nf or 3rd gear from 4th quite suddenly, or not go into higher gears at all.
In this case, after pulling the transmission, the converters had blown, sending little fine metal shards everywhere within the transmission. The transmission shop rebuilt the new transmission better (they said) than the factory built unit, but at $2200 (and that was at a $500 discount), Nearly the cost of the value of the car.
Somehow a significant minority of transmissions built for these late 1990's cars just seem not to have been made not made well for long term mileage use 60,000 - 100,000 mileage, although the rest of the Taurus is GREAT (minus some deterioration in the molding surrounding the interior instrument panel due to heat). The A/C, the operation of the engine is awesome. Built to last hopefully a few more years. Knowing this, we replaced the transmission.
If you are buying this car used, make sure you get it checked out for transmission slippage. If there is, suspect future problems, possibly expensive. It will take a tech to pull the transmission and open it up to see how serious the problem is, and that may take $600 alone for the diagnostic (no engine lights or codes to reveal any interior problem of this type). IF no slippage, you may be good to go, but get a transmission expert to to check it out anyway. Some shops will do the cursory check for free. good luck!"
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