Re: 2006 XLT 4WD V6, 115M miles, AT Shot?
I wanted to let everyone know that I was able to install the rebuilt transmission in my Escape. I've been driving it a couple of weeks now and everything seems to work well. I guess the point here is that anyone with the time and reasonable mechanical skills can do this. It took me 2 mos. to complete, working on most weekends and many weekday nights. Though the transmission broke in May, I waited till fall to start in order to escape (no pun intended) the heat, humdity, and mosquitos of a MN summer. I fixed the car as much for the challenge as for the utility that a working car provides. The cost of the rebuilt transmission was $2800 with tax from Jasper, a lot of money for an older car (comes with 3 yr warranty). This was $1,100 to $1,200 more than the rebuilds available on RockAuto. The thing that sold me on Jasper was that they blueprinted the CD4E transmission and addressed the design flaws inherent in the unit. This you can see on their website, which was also echoed by others working with this transmission. I had tried contacting the other rebuilders, but they never responded about what they did in the rebuild. There were postings on the internet of angry people who had replaced their torque converter or entire assembly, only to have it go bad not too long thereafter because the root design problems were never fixed. It's interesing when I think about it, you never see the '01 to '07 Escapes that had the CD4E transmission like you used to. There were thousands on the road, and I wonder if they've vanished because of the $4-5,000 it takes to have someone replace that transmission that seemed to fail so reliably by 100,00 miles or so.
You have to take a lot of stuff off to get at the transmission, but if you're diligent and patient you'll progress. The only time I needed help was to lift the new transmission on the jack (200 lbs.). There were several anxious moments dealing with corroded fasteners, and oddly enough, the hardest piece to get off was the alternator. There are 2 plastic manifolds attached to the alternator that function as heat shields and air directors. You have to get the rear manifold off with the alternator still in the engine cavity before you can remove the alternator and heat shield independently.
Thanks to everyone who answered my posts.