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    steve@comcast.net
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    Default 2001 Ford Taurus life expectancy question

    I have a 2001 Ford Taurus that belonged to my son. Got it form him
    used to get back and forth from schoolI Got it with 80K miles for
    $5000. He passed away in 2004 at 19 years old and only was in school
    for 3 months. I have kept the car because it has sentimental value and
    have personally run it up to 110K miles since inheriting. It has had
    various problems but none major until recently when front transmission
    seals have quit. I was able to pour a quart in here and there but now
    it leaks too badly. Had it looked at and the cheapest way to resolve
    it is to let my neighbor in the used parts business get me a tranny.
    Found a low mileage one for $600.00. Installed it would be about $
    1100-1200. I really can't afford to get into a payment situation right
    now with another vehicle and will most likely give this taurus to my
    other son. Am I putting good money into a losing situation. What can I
    expect mileage wise out of this car. If it's good for another 50K
    miles I suppose it's worth it. What other major problems can I expect
    with this type of mileage. Timing chains come to mind. Again, I know
    that emotions is playing into this decision but so is finances. Thanks
    in advance for any opinions.

    Steve



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    WG
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    On Nov 24, 5:10 pm, st...@comcast.net wrote:
    > I have a 2001 Ford Taurus that belonged to my son. Got it form him
    > used to get back and forth from schoolI Got it with 80K miles for
    > $5000. He passed away in 2004 at 19 years old and only was in school
    > for 3 months. I have kept the car because it has sentimental value and
    > have personally run it up to 110K miles since inheriting. It has had
    > various problems but none major until recently when front transmission
    > seals have quit. I was able to pour a quart in here and there but now
    > it leaks too badly. Had it looked at and the cheapest way to resolve
    > it is to let my neighbor in the used parts business get me a tranny.
    > Found a low mileage one for $600.00. Installed it would be about $
    > 1100-1200. I really can't afford to get into a payment situation right
    > now with another vehicle and will most likely give this taurus to my
    > other son. Am I putting good money into a losing situation. What can I
    > expect mileage wise out of this car. If it's good for another 50K
    > miles I suppose it's worth it. What other major problems can I expect
    > with this type of mileage. Timing chains come to mind. Again, I know
    > that emotions is playing into this decision but so is finances. Thanks
    > in advance for any opinions.
    >
    > Steve


    In my opinion, the ford taurus is the best [i.e. mechanically sound]
    car ford has ever built. The 3 litre v6 vulcan or duratech [or is it
    vtech] will easily be good to 400k plus. I know mechanics that have
    never worked on this engine. I'm suprised the trany is a prob after
    80K. 10 years ago you could not find a taxi that was a ford. Now where
    I'm from 60% plus are taurus. {yeah I know they aren't expensive which
    helps}. One of fords all time best selling cars. And no I don't work
    for ford.
    Just an opinion

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    Picasso
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    WG wrote:
    > On Nov 24, 5:10 pm, st...@comcast.net wrote:
    >> I have a 2001 Ford Taurus that belonged to my son. Got it form him
    >> used to get back and forth from schoolI Got it with 80K miles for
    >> $5000. He passed away in 2004 at 19 years old and only was in school
    >> for 3 months. I have kept the car because it has sentimental value and
    >> have personally run it up to 110K miles since inheriting. It has had
    >> various problems but none major until recently when front transmission
    >> seals have quit. I was able to pour a quart in here and there but now
    >> it leaks too badly. Had it looked at and the cheapest way to resolve
    >> it is to let my neighbor in the used parts business get me a tranny.
    >> Found a low mileage one for $600.00. Installed it would be about $
    >> 1100-1200. I really can't afford to get into a payment situation right
    >> now with another vehicle and will most likely give this taurus to my
    >> other son. Am I putting good money into a losing situation. What can I
    >> expect mileage wise out of this car. If it's good for another 50K
    >> miles I suppose it's worth it. What other major problems can I expect
    >> with this type of mileage. Timing chains come to mind. Again, I know
    >> that emotions is playing into this decision but so is finances. Thanks
    >> in advance for any opinions.
    >>
    >> Steve

    >
    > In my opinion, the ford taurus is the best [i.e. mechanically sound]
    > car ford has ever built. The 3 litre v6 vulcan or duratech [or is it
    > vtech] will easily be good to 400k plus. I know mechanics that have
    > never worked on this engine. I'm suprised the trany is a prob after
    > 80K. 10 years ago you could not find a taxi that was a ford. Now where
    > I'm from 60% plus are taurus. {yeah I know they aren't expensive which
    > helps}. One of fords all time best selling cars. And no I don't work
    > for ford.
    > Just an opinion


    Uhhm, 10 years ago there were plenty of ford crown victoria cop cars
    around... certainly not a taurus...

    the C-V took a dip for awhille around 2000 here, and now its becoming
    popular again as a taxi.. i've even see a few ex cop cars going to
    taxi's now.

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    ds549@webtv.net
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    you put 30k on it and dont know the milage?

    http://www.minibite.com/america/malone.htm


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    Rodan
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    steve@comcast.net wrote: (2001 Ford Taurus 110k Mi)

    The front transmission seals leak badly. I can get a used
    tranny for about $1200 installed. Am I putting good money
    into a losing situation? I can't afford another car. If it's
    good for another 50K miles I suppose it's worth it. What
    other major problems can I expect with this car? Timing
    chains come to mind.
    _________________________________________________

    Go back to the transmission shop that diagnosed the problem
    as failed front seals instead of all other possible leak causes.
    Ask why they are sure it is the seals. If you are satisfied
    with the answer, ask why can't the seals just be replaced.

    Don't worry about possible future major problems. Predicting
    car breakdowns is like gambling at poker, and with your money
    situation, you're "all in." You've got to stick with what you
    have, drive conservatively, and hope for the best. Your
    Taurus might surprise you with another 110k miles of service.

    Good luck.

    Rodan.




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    sas@netreach.net
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    Default Re: 2001 Ford Taurus life expectancy question

    First of all thank you all for the replies. I am not sure what the
    actual diagnosis of the problem was but the Transmission Repair shop
    was recommended to me by my neighbor who has upmost respect for the
    owner. He sells him transmissions several times a year (my neighbor
    has used auto body parts business). He would not intentionally steer
    me wrong or make a penny off me for the parts. The Trans Shop told me
    that to replace the seals would not be a good ideas as the car has
    been driven with low fluid on various occassions.I was told that
    future problems weren't guaranteed with seal fix. Basically they said
    they didn't advise it with so many miles on the transmission. Their
    quote was for 1800-2200 to take it out and rebuild it with new parts
    where needed. To install the replacement transmission my neighbor
    located for me they want about 500.00. That sounds a bit high
    considering they will have my old transmission for spare parts ? I
    have put sealers into transmission which some think could cause
    problems later. I know that the transmission feels perfect when the
    fluid levels are ok - smooth shifts, no hesitations as of yesterday.
    I'm thinking the low mileage replacement transmission if installed
    properly might make more sense. Like I said I didn't get a price for
    the seal repair but maybe I should from another shop ?

    On Sun, 25 Nov 2007 16:41:44 GMT, "Rodan" <Rodan@verizon.NOT> wrote:

    >steve@comcast.net wrote: (2001 Ford Taurus 110k Mi)
    >
    >The front transmission seals leak badly. I can get a used
    >tranny for about $1200 installed. Am I putting good money
    >into a losing situation? I can't afford another car. If it's
    >good for another 50K miles I suppose it's worth it. What
    >other major problems can I expect with this car? Timing
    >chains come to mind.
    >_______________________________________________ __
    >
    >Go back to the transmission shop that diagnosed the problem
    >as failed front seals instead of all other possible leak causes.
    >Ask why they are sure it is the seals. If you are satisfied
    >with the answer, ask why can't the seals just be replaced.
    >
    >Don't worry about possible future major problems. Predicting
    >car breakdowns is like gambling at poker, and with your money
    >situation, you're "all in." You've got to stick with what you
    >have, drive conservatively, and hope for the best. Your
    >Taurus might surprise you with another 110k miles of service.
    >
    >Good luck.
    >
    >Rodan.
    >
    >


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    steve@comcast.net
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    Default Re: 2001 Ford Taurus life expectancy question

    Sorry for the repost. I just set up a new trial version of Free Agent
    and had my persona wrong so I reposted under the first post's email
    name to avoid confusion.

    First of all thank you all for the replies. I am not sure what the
    actual diagnosis of the problem was but the Transmission Repair shop
    was recommended to me by my neighbor who has upmost respect for the
    owner. He sells him transmissions several times a year (my neighbor
    has used auto body parts business). He would not intentionally steer
    me wrong or make a penny off me for the parts. The Trans Shop told me
    that to replace the seals would not be a good ideas as the car has
    been driven with low fluid on various occassions.I was told that
    future problems weren't guaranteed with seal fix. Basically they said
    they didn't advise it with so many miles on the transmission. Their
    quote was for 1800-2200 to take it out and rebuild it with new parts
    where needed. To install the replacement transmission my neighbor
    located for me they want about 500.00. That sounds a bit high
    considering they will have my old transmission for spare parts ? I
    have put sealers into transmission which some think could cause
    problems later. I know that the transmission feels perfect when the
    fluid levels are ok - smooth shifts, no hesitations as of yesterday.
    I'm thinking the low mileage replacement transmission if installed
    properly might make more sense. Like I said I didn't get a price for
    the seal repair but maybe I should from another shop ?
    On Sat, 24 Nov 2007 18:10:02 -0500, steve@comcast.net wrote:

    >I have a 2001 Ford Taurus that belonged to my son. Got it form him
    >used to get back and forth from schoolI Got it with 80K miles for
    >$5000. He passed away in 2004 at 19 years old and only was in school
    >for 3 months. I have kept the car because it has sentimental value and
    >have personally run it up to 110K miles since inheriting. It has had
    >various problems but none major until recently when front transmission
    >seals have quit. I was able to pour a quart in here and there but now
    >it leaks too badly. Had it looked at and the cheapest way to resolve
    >it is to let my neighbor in the used parts business get me a tranny.
    >Found a low mileage one for $600.00. Installed it would be about $
    >1100-1200. I really can't afford to get into a payment situation right
    >now with another vehicle and will most likely give this taurus to my
    >other son. Am I putting good money into a losing situation. What can I
    >expect mileage wise out of this car. If it's good for another 50K
    >miles I suppose it's worth it. What other major problems can I expect
    >with this type of mileage. Timing chains come to mind. Again, I know
    >that emotions is playing into this decision but so is finances. Thanks
    >in advance for any opinions.
    >
    >Steve


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    Jeff
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    sas@netreach.net wrote:
    > First of all thank you all for the replies. I am not sure what the
    > actual diagnosis of the problem was but the Transmission Repair shop
    > was recommended to me by my neighbor who has upmost respect for the
    > owner. He sells him transmissions several times a year (my neighbor
    > has used auto body parts business). He would not intentionally steer
    > me wrong or make a penny off me for the parts. The Trans Shop told me
    > that to replace the seals would not be a good ideas as the car has
    > been driven with low fluid on various occassions.I was told that
    > future problems weren't guaranteed with seal fix. Basically they said
    > they didn't advise it with so many miles on the transmission. Their
    > quote was for 1800-2200 to take it out and rebuild it with new parts
    > where needed. To install the replacement transmission my neighbor
    > located for me they want about 500.00. That sounds a bit high
    > considering they will have my old transmission for spare parts ? I
    > have put sealers into transmission which some think could cause
    > problems later. I know that the transmission feels perfect when the
    > fluid levels are ok - smooth shifts, no hesitations as of yesterday.
    > I'm thinking the low mileage replacement transmission if installed
    > properly might make more sense. Like I said I didn't get a price for
    > the seal repair but maybe I should from another shop ?


    I would ask this shop, because you trust them, how much it would be to
    just replace the seals? it might be cheap enough to take the risk that
    the transmission is going to need a rebuild pretty soon.

    If they think that you're better off going with a rebuild, I have a
    feeling they're right. Unless you sell the car now, whatever advice they
    offer is probably good.

    I think, though, I would go for a rebuild rather than a used
    transmission. But that's just me.

    Jeff

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    clare at snyder.on.ca
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    On Sun, 25 Nov 2007 18:00:31 GMT, Jeff <kidsdoc2000@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >sas@netreach.net wrote:
    >> First of all thank you all for the replies. I am not sure what the
    >> actual diagnosis of the problem was but the Transmission Repair shop
    >> was recommended to me by my neighbor who has upmost respect for the
    >> owner. He sells him transmissions several times a year (my neighbor
    >> has used auto body parts business). He would not intentionally steer
    >> me wrong or make a penny off me for the parts. The Trans Shop told me
    >> that to replace the seals would not be a good ideas as the car has
    >> been driven with low fluid on various occassions.I was told that
    >> future problems weren't guaranteed with seal fix. Basically they said
    >> they didn't advise it with so many miles on the transmission. Their
    >> quote was for 1800-2200 to take it out and rebuild it with new parts
    >> where needed. To install the replacement transmission my neighbor
    >> located for me they want about 500.00. That sounds a bit high
    >> considering they will have my old transmission for spare parts ? I
    >> have put sealers into transmission which some think could cause
    >> problems later. I know that the transmission feels perfect when the
    >> fluid levels are ok - smooth shifts, no hesitations as of yesterday.
    >> I'm thinking the low mileage replacement transmission if installed
    >> properly might make more sense. Like I said I didn't get a price for
    >> the seal repair but maybe I should from another shop ?

    >
    >I would ask this shop, because you trust them, how much it would be to
    >just replace the seals? it might be cheap enough to take the risk that
    >the transmission is going to need a rebuild pretty soon.
    >
    >If they think that you're better off going with a rebuild, I have a
    >feeling they're right. Unless you sell the car now, whatever advice they
    >offer is probably good.
    >
    >I think, though, I would go for a rebuild rather than a used
    >transmission. But that's just me.
    >
    >Jeff

    I had the front seal go south on my 1990 Aerostar years ago while on a
    trip. The dealership where I had it towed did not want to reoplace
    just the seal. I told them they had a seal in stock and I had enough
    money to pay them to put a seal in. They did not have the parts to
    rebuild the tranny and I didn't have the money to pay them to do it or
    the time to wait for that job to be done. I said put in the seal, or
    sell me the seal and I'll find someone to put it in.
    They put it in.
    Four years and 100,000km more or less miles later I sold the truck
    with the same seal still in the same tranny.


    --
    Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com


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    Tom Adkins
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    On Nov 25, 2:36 pm, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    > On Sun, 25 Nov 2007 18:00:31 GMT, Jeff <kidsdoc2...@hotmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > >s...@netreach.net wrote:
    > >> First of all thank you all for the replies. I am not sure what the
    > >> actual diagnosis of the problem was but the Transmission Repair shop
    > >> was recommended to me by my neighbor who has upmost respect for the
    > >> owner. He sells him transmissions several times a year (my neighbor
    > >> has used auto body parts business). He would not intentionally steer
    > >> me wrong or make a penny off me for the parts. The Trans Shop told me
    > >> that to replace the seals would not be a good ideas as the car has
    > >> been driven with low fluid on various occassions.I was told that
    > >> future problems weren't guaranteed with seal fix. Basically they said
    > >> they didn't advise it with so many miles on the transmission. Their
    > >> quote was for 1800-2200 to take it out and rebuild it with new parts
    > >> where needed. To install the replacement transmission my neighbor
    > >> located for me they want about 500.00. That sounds a bit high
    > >> considering they will have my old transmission for spare parts ? I
    > >> have put sealers into transmission which some think could cause
    > >> problems later. I know that the transmission feels perfect when the
    > >> fluid levels are ok - smooth shifts, no hesitations as of yesterday.
    > >> I'm thinking the low mileage replacement transmission if installed
    > >> properly might make more sense. Like I said I didn't get a price for
    > >> the seal repair but maybe I should from another shop ?

    >
    > >I would ask this shop, because you trust them, how much it would be to
    > >just replace the seals? it might be cheap enough to take the risk that
    > >the transmission is going to need a rebuild pretty soon.

    >
    > >If they think that you're better off going with a rebuild, I have a
    > >feeling they're right. Unless you sell the car now, whatever advice they
    > >offer is probably good.

    >
    > >I think, though, I would go for a rebuild rather than a used
    > >transmission. But that's just me.

    >
    > >Jeff

    >
    > I had the front seal go south on my 1990 Aerostar years ago while on a
    > trip. The dealership where I had it towed did not want to reoplace
    > just the seal. I told them they had a seal in stock and I had enough
    > money to pay them to put a seal in. They did not have the parts to
    > rebuild the tranny and I didn't have the money to pay them to do it or
    > the time to wait for that job to be done. I said put in the seal, or
    > sell me the seal and I'll find someone to put it in.
    > They put it in.
    > Four years and 100,000km more or less miles later I sold the truck
    > with the same seal still in the same tranny.
    >
    > --
    > Posted via a free Usenet account fromhttp://www.teranews.com



    Problem is, he majority of folks don't get that lucky. Labor is a
    large part of a trans repair, especially on a FWD. More often than
    mot, just replacing a converter to pump seal is false exonomy. If the
    trans fails a short time later, you've lost a good chunk of change.

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