'98 Ford Explorer...time to let go?


#1

Hi, I have a '98 Ford Explorer with 157,000 miles on it. The O/D light starting blinking recently, accompanied by transmission issues (lots of slipped gears, starting from 3rd gear). I had it towed to AAMCO. Transmission fluid level was fine but the fluid was pretty burnt. Two computer error messages were detected (torque something, and something else). $580 to pull the transmission and fully diagnose the problem (credited toward repair bill) and mechanic estimates a minimum of $1400 to repair. No other problems since this. Blue book value is ~$4K on a good day. Is this car worth repairing!?!?!


#2

Personally, I’d be inclined to try to sell it “as-is” with an ad in the paper disclosing that it needs a tranny. You won’t get much, especially in the SUV-glutted current market, but I think the vehicle has paid for itself at this point.

The good news is that you can get a replacement for a song. Everyone’s unloading SUVs right now.

Or, you could seek a used tranny from a boneyard.


#3

At 157k miles, slipping with burnt fluid, etc. why is there any need to pull the transmission and fully diagnose anything?
A transmission with that many miles and symptoms should not be getting a piecemeal repair. It should be a full rebuild.

I’d go with a used transmission from a salvage yard, eBay, Craigslist, etc. It’s worth fixing but also depends on the total that a used transmission/labor will set you back. Some salvage yards will even install and guarantee their parts so that’s something you could look into.


#4

If the vehicle meets your needs and is otherwise in good condition, ask yourself this question: Will I be able to buy a comparable vehicle for the cot of the transmission work? Chances are, the answer is “no”.


#5

Not there to diagnose this, but this is consistent with a bad valve body gasket. This was common with the 5R55E. Might try Ford dealer as they only charged about $800 to do it. Check www.explorer4x4.com Something you could do yourself if you were adventurous. The transmission does not need to be pulled.


#6

OK- the codes are P0741 (Torque converter clutch mechanical system performance) and P0174 (system too lean)if it makes a difference. Thanks for all of the previous comments!!! Still on the fence…


#7

say goodbye,and unload the LOAD.

super MONEY PIT(alot worse than a HOUSE.

it will haunt you from this point on.

good luck! just trying to push you off the fence.(especially if FORD built the said fence)LMAO!


#8

Has the trans been serviced regularly, every 30K or shorter? Doe this have the 5R55E or 4r70W? I wish it hadn’t been AAMCO.


#9

To put it simpler, is this a V6 or a V8. This will determine the transmission.


#10

IMHO get pricing on a used tranny or rebuilt. Your vehicle worth is very poor at the moment no matter what a book says due to problem + SUV glut.

What is your budget for a replacement? If not a lot you may want to hang onto this. Its past the 8yr/150k mark where cars have very major issues. (many go further after this without serious repair).


#11

Reman trans from Ford have very very good warranty coverage, but are costly. I would do that before AAMCO.