But I plan to keep this great running car for a long time, instead of send the thing to the junkyard. So, bit the bullet, and had it all done by a trusted shop. Also just had front wheel hubs/bearings, front brake rotors and pads, and ALL struts and springs.
Now full transmission rebuild including all related sensors and EVERYTHING in the transmission that can be rebuilt - got rebuilt. Replaced flywheel as well as all engine and trans torque mounts as well. Yes, it was expensive.
Things I have done to this 2008 Taurus X - replaced many broken, flawed, meh parts, bulbs switches, actuators, gauge cluster bulbs, hvac actuators, new (used) OEM radio, new front grille emblem, new keys and keyfobs (thanks to ForScan),