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I paid about that at the dealer.
 
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Sounds like a pretty decent price to me. :) My stealership wants $199 for a tranny flush - so I took it to a local shop and had that done and the fuel filter changed for $115. :blink:
 

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Originally posted by jason8225@May 10 2004, 11:45 PM
Sounds like a pretty decent price to me. :) My stealership wants $199 for a tranny flush - so I took it to a local shop and had that done and the fuel filter changed for $115. :blink:
what? 115? I hope it was a typo.

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Originally posted by duratecchie+May 11 2004, 12:51 AM--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (duratecchie @ May 11 2004, 12:51 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-jason8225@May 10 2004, 11:45 PM
Sounds like a pretty decent price to me.  :)  My stealership wants $199 for a tranny flush - so I took it to a local shop and had that done and the fuel filter changed for $115.  :blink:
what? 115? I hope it was a typo.

-DC [/b][/quote]
It was only $115 for the tranny flush AND fuel filter change - not just fuel filter change, lol. Poor wording.... oops. :lol:
 

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$100 ish isn't bad as long as they are powerflushing it and replacing the filter.

Some like jokey lube, er Jiffy lube, will do it for $70, but don't drop the pan or replace filter.
 

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Originally posted by Firespirit@May 12 2004, 10:31 PM
I've heard that if you just change the oil and change the tranny filter every 3K (??) miles, you're less-likely to have transmission problems... is that true?
I hope you meant change the tranny fluid and filter every 30k as recommended by the ford maintenance manual, then you're right. If you're really suggesting 3k instead of 30k, then if you pay about $100 for a flush, you would have paid more than $3300 at 100k and then no, it wouldn't be worth it even if the tranny was fine.
 

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The only way to change the tranny filter is to drop the transmission pan. To do that, you're in essence changing your tranny fluid, since it'll be all over the ground and on top of you. The filter rests within the pan, and there is no other way to get to it. When you change it, you drain all the tranny fluid and replace it.

I'll be doing that in a couple of weeks...

JR
 

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Did that price include flushing out the torque convertor? Lots of places don't do that unless you request it and instead of giving you Mercon V, they will just put ATF or Dexron/Mercon III, which isn't good enough to protect against heat and friction. I always buy my own fluid and insist on using that. A regular flush is about $100 and it depends on where you go. But including the torque convertor flush usually adds another $50 to $65 and this is not including the fluid, at least this what I've found out from most of the mechanics I've talked too.

I had a full flush done last week and I provided a case of Mercon V, filter kit, and 1 1/2 bottles of Lucas trans-slip additive. He charged $50 for fluid and filter replacement labor and $65 for labor on the 2 flushes. Overall I spent $185 on everything.

If you want a good Mercon V fluid at a good price, buy Napa Mercon V. It's a synthic blend and the fluid really is Valvoline with the label replaced with Napa.
 

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I was talking to the Ford service guy today on the phone. Guess what he told me? A lot of new cars don't even have transmission filters! The main reason the filters are there in the first place is to stop parts from being completely ruined if the tranny fails. At least that's what the guy told me.
 
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