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I've just purchased a '99 Taurus w/ the 24valve engine. The transmission is bad. This car is a column shift. The transmission pan on the end has AX4N Metric stamped on it. Which transmissions will interchange with this? Any help is appreciated. David.
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I've just purchased a '99 Taurus w/ the 24valve engine. The transmission is bad. This car is a column shift. The transmission pan on the end has AX4N Metric stamped on it. Which transmissions will interchange with this? Any help is appreciated. David.
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AX4N or AX4S are the choices. You want to keep an AX4N in the car. It is regarded as the better transmission. The AX4S has been known to fail way early (60K-100K miles). These Taurus transmissions need to be serviced every 30K miles. I had a '97 Taurus with AX4N and its still running on the original tranny with 235K miles. My current '96 model has AX4N and it has 140K miles (original tranny) and no problems yet . But, I service per Ford's recommendation.

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I've just purchased a '99 Taurus w/ the 24valve engine. The transmission is bad. This car is a column shift. The transmission pan on the end has AX4N Metric stamped on it. Which transmissions will interchange with this? Any help is appreciated. David.
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98/99 AX4Ns were very similar. Revisions were done to those transmissions that made them different (improved) from '96/97 AX4Ns. Later years were further revised and received a new model number and are not direct replacements.

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You wont want an AX4S in that. You would also need to change out the computer if you did. It's just not recommended for the Duratec. I don't know of any Duratec's that came with an AX4S.

As I understand so long as you get the transmission from a donor that has the same engine you shouldn't have any problems.

Another possibility is just to repair the transmission. What exactly is wrong with it?

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You wont want an AX4S in that. You would also need to change out the computer if you did. It's just not recommended for the Duratec. I don't know of any Duratec's that came with an AX4S.

As I understand so long as you get the transmission from a donor that has the same engine you shouldn't have any problems.

Another possibility is just to repair the transmission. What exactly is wrong with it?
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Thanks all for your replies.This vehicle is a flood car. The front 1/3 of the car has been under water. The engine is also trashed. the car has only 39K miles on it and is pristine other than the mechanicals. I have located a low mileage engine, but the transmission is becoming a pain to find. A local shop asked $1800 to do a rebuild. NOT! I have quotes of $500 to $850 for a used tranny (when located) with 50-70 k miles. I'm doing the r/r myself. ( done them before on the 3.0 Vulcan eng/tranny combo).
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$500 is the most I would expect to pay for a working / unknown condition used tranny. Keep in mind that the rebuild kits are less than $400 which could probably take that transmission back to pristine. Always replace the solenoids! Check RockAuto or your local Autozone/Kragen.

A Shift kit can be purchased for about $50.00 while you are in there.

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$500 is the most I would expect to pay for a working / unknown condition used tranny. Keep in mind that the rebuild kits are less than $400 which could probably take that transmission back to pristine. Always replace the solenoids! Check RockAuto or your local Autozone/Kragen.

A Shift kit can be purchased for about $50.00 while you are in there.
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My supplier is willing to give a 6 mo. parts warranty on the used transaxle, IF he can come up with the right trans.
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