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Old 01-01-2006, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
Howard Cohen
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Taurus Tranny

We have a 96 GL Taurus, 98K miles, 3.0L AX4N Transmission. The check engine
light is on, indicating solenoid issues and 1st and 4th gear actuation
problems. In the last 2 1/2 weeks it failed to engage in 1st at a stop sign
3 times. Also, it does not go into 4th at all. A mechanic friend said that
the car is otherwise in very good shape, all major mechanicals test out
well.

Is this worthy of a tranny rebuild at $2,000 (Northern Virginia, Falls
Church).

Otherwise my wife & I are looking at minivans. She is convinced the
"American cars" are not a good buy. A new Toyota Sienna is about $1 - 2K
more than a Saturn Relay minivan with "employee discount" from a friend.
That
really made me think again.
I tend to think, or want to believe, that American car quality is very
good.

Would you go for the GM (Saturn Relay or Chevy Uplander), Ford or a Yota
Sienna , or fix the Ford to keep another 2 years when my youngest son gets
out of preschool and saves us $750/month ?


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Old 01-02-2006, 00:01   #2 (permalink)
eastwardbound2003@yahoo.com
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Re: Taurus Tranny

Tell us more about your regular mantainance of the taurus. Did you
flush the transmission every 30,000 miles as scheduled?

I would say, just go for the rebuild. The Taurus is a very sturdy
reliable car. I drive one. The rebuild will be cheaper than making
new car payments. Besides, once your son is old enough to drive you
can pass the Taurus down to him (which makes a great first car) and you
and your wife can get the minivan ya'all want.

Toyotas in my experience have always been overpriced and over rated.
Do not buy one unless it's on sale or you get a discount somehow.

Have you considered the Kia Sedona? It offers the best bang for the
buck. Koreans have gotten increasingly better at car manufacturing
lately and the Sedona offers 5 star crash test ratings. The best
possible score. All for a very low Korean car price. 100,000 mi/ 10
year warranty. Korean cars are a better value over their Japanese
counterparts.

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Old 01-05-2006, 00:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Taurus Tranny

I did maintain the car to manufacturer recommendations and more. The tranny
was completly flushed at about 30 & 63 K miles, oil at 3,333 miles. Filters
at 12,000, etc ... It was a good car most of the time. Radiator cracked at
60K, engine computer went south at 10K, wiper stalk got flakey at 75K
Brakes pads replaced at 40K, new rotors and pads at 55K.

I had a 91 2door Integra for 110,000 miles. Only sold it when kid #2
came.The only problem that I had was a cracked radiator which they covered
out of warranty.

If it was the transmission alone, I would have had it rebuilt. But the AC
was having issues too. Get hot here in Virginny and have had many small $150
replacements over the last 18 months. There comes a time.

The Sienna has a 60K powertrain warranty. I got over $2000 of of MSRP and
3.9% financing
<eastwardbound2003@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Tell us more about your regular mantainance of the taurus. Did you
> flush the transmission every 30,000 miles as scheduled?
>
> I would say, just go for the rebuild. The Taurus is a very sturdy
> reliable car. I drive one. The rebuild will be cheaper than making
> new car payments. Besides, once your son is old enough to drive you
> can pass the Taurus down to him (which makes a great first car) and you
> and your wife can get the minivan ya'all want.
>
> Toyotas in my experience have always been overpriced and over rated.
> Do not buy one unless it's on sale or you get a discount somehow.
>
> Have you considered the Kia Sedona? It offers the best bang for the
> buck. Koreans have gotten increasingly better at car manufacturing
> lately and the Sedona offers 5 star crash test ratings. The best
> possible score. All for a very low Korean car price. 100,000 mi/ 10
> year warranty. Korean cars are a better value over their Japanese
> counterparts.
>



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Old 01-09-2006, 04:01   #4 (permalink)
shadetree mx
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Re: Taurus Tranny

I would go with th erebuld I have a 96 like your as well with 220k on
and it runs
great. burns alittle oil but to be expected with miles. never had any
prblems with tranny. I f you rebuild you will come out cheaper than
with car payments even if you have to go to bank and borrow 2k to pay
for tranny work. 2k can be paid off in a year or so with a new car that
is 4 years and higher insurance with the loan
just my 2cents

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Old 01-09-2006, 19:01   #5 (permalink)
Howard Cohen
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Re: Taurus Tranny

Ok then, but I had 2 major problems. The transmission would have about
$2,200 and the A/C was an unknown, perhaps over $1,000 since all indicators
pointed to a cracked evaporator. That was verified through a second opinion.
$3,200 was alot to put into that car.

In addition, I have had many small $200 repairs over the last 18 months. I
liked the car, but it was becoming unreliable. We had only planned to keep
it another 18 months anyway.
"shadetree mx" <help24@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I would go with th erebuld I have a 96 like your as well with 220k on
> and it runs
> great. burns alittle oil but to be expected with miles. never had any
> prblems with tranny. I f you rebuild you will come out cheaper than
> with car payments even if you have to go to bank and borrow 2k to pay
> for tranny work. 2k can be paid off in a year or so with a new car that
> is 4 years and higher insurance with the loan
> just my 2cents
>



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