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I65Stang
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posted 03-02-2003 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, what year did Ford improve the pos Taurus V6 transaxle? I had a '90 (with the 3.0 not 3.8) and was one of the lucky who didnt have tranny problems. So what year did they improve the tranny? Thanks all .

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cobravenom71
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posted 03-02-2003 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had two Taurus's ( or is that Taurii?),a 92 and a 94, both with the 3.0 liter, and luckilly never had a trans problem. I did flush all the fluid once a year though, as well as installing trans coolers on both. Both went well over 100,000 miles each with no problems with the trannys.
They were driven full-time by my daughters until they were sold recently.

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I65Stang
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posted 03-02-2003 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if the 3.8 put too much strain on the tranny? The only poeple I have known have had 3.8s except for my 3.0

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Tim

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fordfan
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posted 03-02-2003 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my parents '96 3.0 tranny is a pos. (locksups in drive.)

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Rory McNeil
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posted 03-03-2003 02:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the majority of the problem transmissions in the Taurus were behind the 3.8L V6. I also had a Taurus, a 3.0 powered? 1989 version, & although I never had the car terribly long, the trans always seemed fine.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-03-2003 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've known 4-5 people with older Tauruses and they didn't have problems, although I have heard that was a problem with them.

I wonder if the guys in the FWD forum know?

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I65Stang
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posted 03-03-2003 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldnt ever use the term "performance" with a normal Taurus Steve I'll post there a little later. The Taurus' that I know that had problems were 160K+ miles. I thought mine was going but it was just a tranny mount. Makes you wonder if the reason they get such a bad name is the tranny costs so damn much?

Lol, hey, I may just get a Festiva/Aspire instead. 30-40 mpg and when I am done commuting chop the front clip off, weld in another with a MII front, drop a 393 in there and go do wheelstands (lol, my bro's wife has one, if you cant tell I've been thinking since the day I saw it )

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posted 03-03-2003 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by I65Stang:
Lol, hey, I may just get a Festiva/Aspire instead. 30-40 mpg and when I am done commuting chop the front clip off, weld in another with a MII front, drop a 393 in there and go do wheelstands (lol, my bro's wife has one, if you cant tell I've been thinking since the day I saw it )

Must be all that college beer you've been drinking!

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BLstangin
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posted 03-04-2003 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLstangin   Click Here to Email BLstangin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My friend has a 91 taurus, and the tranny when at 113,000 miles. He paid me $200 to put a new one in, the shops wanted $500. Another one of my friends also has a 90 something taurus and the tranny just went on that one too, but I don't know how many miles are on that one. He wants me to fix it for $200 labor. I said o.k. more money for the mustang! It is a challenge to do though with a pair of jackstands, a floor jack and a cherry picker, but I did it once, so I can do it again.

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70spoiler
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posted 03-05-2003 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70spoiler   Click Here to Email 70spoiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the early SHO cars used the manual supposedly because the auto couldn't take it. I think 94/5 they went auto. not that you asked about SHOs or anything

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rm302 boss
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posted 04-05-2003 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rm302 boss   Click Here to Email rm302 boss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by I65Stang:
I wouldnt ever use the term "performance" with a normal Taurus Steve I'll post there a little later. The Taurus' that I know that had problems were 160K+ miles. I thought mine was going but it was just a tranny mount. Makes you wonder if the reason they get such a bad name is the tranny costs so damn much?

Lol, hey, I may just get a Festiva/Aspire instead. 30-40 mpg and when I am done commuting chop the front clip off, weld in another with a MII front, drop a 393 in there and go do wheelstands (lol, my bro's wife has one, if you cant tell I've been thinking since the day I saw it )


One day i was ridding with a buddy in his Acura NSX which is a quick car. We had a hard time with a late model SES Taurus... need less to say my buddy is still very angry that a run of the mill Taurus was able to keep pace with his NSX..:d
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