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After posting a reply in the have your say thread complimenting Ford for the reliability of my ED XR8 the auto trans started playing up tonight..... me thinks I jinxed myself
It has lost 2nd and 4th gear....I hope it's nothing major maybe it's only a faulty modulator or something.
Anyone else had this problem or knows what it might be?
 

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Our EA did that. Lost 4th first, then 2nd gear, then reverse. Then nothing. Rebuild city - although Ford paid. Very good of them since the car was out of warranty. I think they knew it was a problem at the time.

Try an oil change for a start in case one of the hydraulic circuits is blocked up. Then if that doesn't work get a Ford tech to do their Fault Isolation checklist. Aftermarket guys often spec a rebuild when it may be a bolt on part.
 
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*JUST A SMALL HINT* Before you go off half cocked and start getting Ford to rip things to pieces. Check the transmission relay in the fuse panel. Trust me, I know from first hand experience.
 
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Put a 5 speed in it!!
Great idea! only one problem.....the missus can't drive a manual :fmad:

O.k. the car is off to the mechanics on Tuesday.
I had him take it for a drive the other day and there is quite a bit of slippage in the trans.
The car revs to 4000rpm in 1st then changes to 3rd and when you push the pedal down while in 4th and drops back in 3rd the car almost redlines before it goes back to 4th.
Me thinks the auto is terminally ill.
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Well it was bad news the auto has worn bands and will cost $1700 to repair or $2800 for a complete rebuild.
Hmmm...tough choice any suggestions?
The mood I'm in I feel like ripping that gearbox out and replacing it with a C4 trans....... for $2800 a C4 would be indestructable.

Anyway it may be a silly thought but the car has only done 115,000 km and I'm a little pissed off.
Geez! it should have lasted a bit longer than that.:fmad:
 

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You'd think it would've.. :confused:

If you're going to keep the car for a while go for the C4. A good reliable box will save you big $$$ in the long run.. :) :thumbup:
 

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gtho4,

geez thats not real good in the sense of the trans packing it in at 115,000km. I remember the first of the 4 speeds in the EA2 crapped it's self at 70,000km but the solved it since. Geez hope the tranny in my dads EL doesn't pack it that early i should think it would last till 250,000km.

About repair and rebuild depends i guess if the other parts are stuffed or not. I doubt the solenoids or torque converter is stuffed. If there ok i say just go for repairs. Did you get the fluid and filter changed for the tranny in it's earlier life???
 
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Fordman if only I could even though I thought about it I would be stupid to do it and if I had to sell it later on I don't think the next owner wants a ED XR8 with a 3 speed auto from earlier model Ford.
I can't believe how expensive modern cars can be to repair but what makes it worse these parts don't last very long and the car was never abused.
Makes me think twice about buying a new car in the future no matter what make.

EF GUY....I was talking to a mate of mine yesterday about my car and he told me that a guy he knows traded in his EF Falcon which done about 140,000 k's was asked by the dealer if his auto trans is o.k. and when this guy replied yes they were suprised because it happens to be a common problem these transmissions crap themselves around 115,000k's.....BUGGER ME!!!

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Geez thats abit of a shock basically we gambled with the EL in the auto. If it's only 115,000km then a re-build eeeek. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
EL is nearly 90,000km.

Hmm taxi's must re-con the gearboxs like theres no tomorrow.

Well me is lucky cause as a uni student me can't afford $2800 for recon trans. Lucky me got manual.
Also gives me the edge when racing those bombadores. :D :D :D :D

What path are u going to take, u goin for re-build or repair????

Also lemme know how the car goes after as well.
 
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Don't worry yet your ol' man's car might be o'k time will tell.
As for me I sold my XC to pay off some bills and get myself in the black and now this crap has happened..... what timing!
I don't know what I'll do at the moment don't have the extra money for either repair or rebuild need to do some serious thinking next few days.
Anyone wants to buy a ED XR8?:wink2:
 

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Don't feel too upset. I was looking at buying an EB XR8 with the 4 spd auto in it from a ford dealer 2nd hand (Won't mention the dealership - he gave ford a bad name) After talking to the previous owner, he said he had had a lot of transmission troubles. Point is, the EB only had 62K on the clock. Makes me glad I ended up getting my ED with a 5 Speed.
Best of luck with the repairs GTHO4
 

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The Autos in the V8s are supposed to be stronger than what the 6s had.

Seriously If you were in the NSW/Canberra region id buy it :D Id just slot a T-5 or TKO in there and itll be as right as rain.
 
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Yeah if I could have a manual I would but the missus can only drive an auto as she drives the car most of the time ( drop off and pick the kids from school and shopping ).
I guess if the car did more than 200,000k's it would be acceptable but when it has done 115,000k's including 2 transmission services it's a little hard to accept.
I hope Ford automatics have improved these days.

Ah well...... had my whinge for the day.
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GTHO4 :Check around to make sure the repair price is correct.I'm not saying to go for a cheap job but sometimes you can get burnt by going with the first quote if you know what i mean.
 

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Best of luck with the repairs GTHO4
Cheers to that.. Let us know how you get on fella.. :thumbup:
 

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yeah gtho 4,

maybe i'm tellin you what u already know, but try a transmission specialist as opposed to normal garage. Since specialists work on trans everyday costs will be kept to a relative minimum as they know exactly whats stuffed, and perhaps they get parts cheaper than normal places. Best bet get a few quotes.
 

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GTHO4:
Most wear in Auto trans are caused by heat and oil problems. Even though the tranny was serviced, most places use cheap trans fluid in bulk based on price. Like engine oil, oils aint oils.
I would seriously suggest fitting a large fin and plate oil cooler and specifying good quality auto trans fluid. It will make all the difference.
Our EA 4 speed died around 80000km. It now has over 300,000km and auto is still doing fine. We fitted the oil cooler after the first death, and have the car serviced by McGrath Ford Canberra (using a close friend who works in the service dept). He uses the good oil, not the stuff they use in all the other cars.
Haing said all that, maybe I've got a big mouth now ;)
 
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