Re: 1999 Taurus Transmission TCC failing
Yes, I know. It is amazing how the transmission problems keeps happening over and over. The transmission shop I was out wanted 750 dollars to do a tear down to go in and see what else the TCC had taken down with it. The shop said the rest of the car was doing great--it was most likely the TCC that was failing. Unfortunately, to get at the TCC you have to go into transmission which involves labor costs. The transmission costs with this shop were 3, 000 to completely replace the transmisison. Unfortunately, the bluebook on the car is about 3,000 so why replace the transmission on an "old car" with 106 K miles? The car is running fine otherwise (we had the head-gasket replaced for 1,200 at 98K miles last November. I guess I could find a cheaper shop and spend 1,500 to replace the TCC or transmission, but would I still do that since the bluebook is 3,000? Also, my heater has never work in the 16 months I have owned the car and I understand that this is a know problem with this car.
I saw stuff in the literature when researching Ford transmissions that clearly said that Ford would pay 1/2 the replacement cost on Taurus transmissions that failed for 1998 Tauruses and newer. That is why I bought a 1999 because I knew they did not have this agreement for 1997 cars or older. The transmission on my 1990 Topaz (bought new from Ford) failed at 90K miles in 1999 and I believe that is why I cecame such an expert about knowing about Ford transmissions. I still believe that Ford will pay for 1/2 of the transmisison costs as some agreement for failed transmissions on earlier Tauruses, but they deny that they will. I am going to start researching failed transmissions on 1990 to 1997 Tauruses and see if I can find the information.
I would suggest you call Ford to and complain about the transmisison problems you are having, too. I know Ford had a big fanfare about having the 2008 Tauruses, .etc, and I was excited to before my 99's transmission problems started. I will bet you that the 2008 taurus will have the same head gasket problem (my 1993 Sable's head gasket went out at 91K in 2001) and the same transmission problems. I will also start looking to see if the 2005 and 2006 and 2007 Tauruses are having transmission problems also. I am sure they are. Same old transmission. It looks like it is time for a transmission recall, don't you think? My husband's and my father's Ford Ranger trucks are both under the recent Cruise Control recalls by Ford also.