Reliability issue


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I just can’t believe that after only 200,000 hard miles, the trans in my beloved 2003 4x4 gave up the ghost hauling a trailer load of lumber up a hill last week. What’s happened to product quality these days???.....:unsure: Anyhow, $1800 later and I’ve got it back on the road with a new master kit w Kevlar bands and a heavy duty clutch pack. Old guy went thru the transfer case and changed the axle fluids too. Guess I‘ll have to hang on to her for a while longer.
 
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Yes, any cars or trucks built after 1870 or so just don't last like earlier ones

Not one mention of car problems in the Bible or any literature I can find pre-1890 or so, so that proves it
"They just don't build them like they use to", that's a fact
 

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Yes, any cars or trucks built after 1870 or so just don't last like earlier ones

Not one mention of car problems in the Bible or any literature I can find pre-1890 or so, so that proves it
"They just don't build them like they use to", that's a fact
Fred n Barney had it made!
 

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Easiest way to fix all reliability issues with an auto is to place the automatic transmission in a dumpster and drop a manual back in ??
 

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All jokes aside, in my findings the early to semi late model auto O/D trannys dont hold up like the old vacuum shifted 3speed units.

Ive had issues from every E4OD ive ever owned but my current one, and they all lived pretty easy lives.

On the other hand ive never cooked a C6, even the one in my 77 that ive ran so low on fluid it wont even engage properly before.

Maybe the 5, 6, whatever speed ones are better.

Buy in my book nothing ever can beat the old granny 4sp row your owns.
 

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Much prefer gear grinders, but I couldn’t find a Ranger with a 5 spd equipped like mine is at the time I bought her. And all kidding aside I can’t complain about 200k on the clock given the hard use. I doubt the new 2019’s will ever make 200k. I’m shocked how many used 2019s are in the market already.........talked to a guy at NAPA who pulled up in one. Said it’s the biggest piece of sh*t he ever drove. Said when the lease is up he’s dumping it.
 

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Transmissions have gears in them.
 

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Fred n Barney had it made!
Nope, even Fred got a flat and didn't have a spare, had to walk to the store to buy one, and on Pebble's birthday of all days.
 

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Nope, even Fred got a flat and didn't have a spare, had to walk to the store to buy one, and on Pebble's birthday of all days.
But a trip to "Rock"Auto got it sorted, and that issue is more from road hazzards than vehicle reliability :)
 
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When I hear "they don't build them like they used to" I'm thankful for that every day. I worked at a service station in 1972 and towed in a 30,000 mile 69 Chevy with a no start that turned out to be a jumped timing chain. Once I got it started it ran on 5 cylinders so I took the heads off and replace some bent valves- 3 year old, 30,000 mile car. I rebuilt so many air cooled VW engines that I bought the valve guide driver for them- working at a service station. Everything burned oil, we would sell at least one 24 quart case of oil at the pumps every shift. I started at the dealer in 75 and the 4 mechanics( we didn't call ourselves techs) shared 1 lift. If you got a 5 year old car for state inspection it was mandatory to pick it up on the lift to check for structural frame rot and many cars failed for it. I did at least one valve job including drilling out and replacing valve guides a week for 2 or 3 years, mostly on cars found to have worn guides during 30,000 mile tune ups. I can still smell the burned up, low mileage C4's I tore down. If a car came in with 80,000 miles it was a clapped out junk most often, 100,000 mile cars were very, very rare. Most V8's had aluminum cam sprockets with nylon teeth and "silent" chains that were ticking time bombs, early 460's were about the worst Fords but they were exponentially better than Pontiacs- 40,000 miles was a stretch. 2.8's had nylon teeth on the cam gear that would usually last 90,000 miles and then end up in the oil pan. We usually replaced them with an aluminum gear from Napa, taking the oil pan off a Pinto or Mustang II to clean out the chunks sucked. As much as I still like the 66-77 Bronco's, they often had rust bleeding out of the rear quarter panel seams while still under warranty- and warranty was 12 months or 12,000 miles. Vehicles aren't cheaper or easier to work on but there is no doubt they last longer.
 

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Walt... that post closely resembles my journey through the automotive industry.

I started pumping gas and did tires belts and hoses at a service station in 78.

VW stuff was my Jam... I still have all of the machining tools from the buggy shop days.

I did one oil pan on a Mustang II... I learned all I needed to know on that one and never did another.

I also love the early Bronco's... to bad the three I owned rusted apart around me.
 


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