Worst A4LD Years - Poll


What year A4LD did you have fail?

  • 1985

    Votes: 18 7.9%
  • 1986

    Votes: 15 6.6%
  • 1987

    Votes: 25 10.9%
  • 1988

    Votes: 42 18.3%
  • 1989

    Votes: 18 7.9%
  • 1990

    Votes: 20 8.7%
  • 1991

    Votes: 14 6.1%
  • 1992

    Votes: 15 6.6%
  • 1993

    Votes: 27 11.8%
  • 1994

    Votes: 35 15.3%

  • Total voters
    229

jrpdash9

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Vehicle Year
2000
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Size
3.0
Transmission
Automatic
I had one in my 88 b2 and the only problem I had was the 4 gear sylonid (?) It was a 3 speed for awhile :)
 


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Braindead

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Burnaby BC Canada
Vehicle Year
84, 85, 94, 97
Make / Model
Rangers
Engine Size
8"electric, 2.3, 4.0-OHV, 4.0-OHV
My credo
They say it can't be done, so I did it. Again
I just want the name and address of the genius that decided to base the overdrive automatic on the C3, as opposed to well, I dunno, ANYTHING else!?!?
You think they might have at least based it on the C4 maybe, but NOOOOO.
When I was young and full of not caring about bills, I had an idea to use an old top load 3 speed backward behind the regular transmission to be an external overdrive unit. As far as I can figure the thrust faces on the gears would be the same, but will it be lubed properly? Are they (3sp manual) just splash oiled? The stumbling block for my build was the fact that getting a machine shop to do splining was expensive, and would definitely cut into the beer fund. If I KNEW it would work, then ok, no worries, but nobody could give me an absolute answer. If anyone can tell methat it WILL work, I will grab the next C4 from a straight 6 F150 and get started. (separate set of bolts for the bell housing and the pump, stronger transmission)
 

pw2buz

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Location
Oakland, CA
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ranger
Engine Size
3.0 liter
Transmission
Automatic
My transmission went out at 263,737 miles (March 2012). Didn't complain, it lasted a long time. My truck is a 1993 XLT, bought used in 1998 at 122,000 miles.
 

wildbill23c

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Location
Southwestern Idaho
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford Bronco II
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
0
Total Drop
0
Tire Size
205/75-R15
My credo
19K, 19D, 92Y, 91F
ive not really known of a RBV automatic that was worth a damn. in fact most auto's after they started offering O/D expecally with electronic controls seem to fail alot more than the old-school 3 speed units. and thats all manufactures, G.M. may be the worst. bring back the conventional 3 speed! ( if you must have a automatic at all)
This seems to be true...at least in my case my 1984 Ranger 4x2's 3 speed automatic survived several years of towing a 14 foot travel trailer all over the country and never had any problems.

The 93 Ranger 4x4 we had went through 2 of those transmissions after the 2nd one failed we got rid of the truck LOL.

Now my 1988 Bronco 2 has the A4LD transmission which is acting up of course, overdrive is kind of there, as long as you don't accelerate to the point it has to drop a gear or 2, then it kicks into neutral. If you start with the shifter in D it works absolutely fine until you need more power then it shifts to neutral again. Not sure what's going on, but taking it in this weekend so they can start in on it Monday. Depending on what they find I'm really thinking of having the transmission rebuilt and not messing around with it. They're going to have my B2 for a while as I'm having a few other issues taken care of as well while its there so I may as well have the thing done right the first time.
 

flathead4848

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1993
Make / Model
ford
Transmission
Automatic
worst a4ld

I have a 93 ranger 3.0 engine has almost 400,000 on it but its had 6 trannies. l haven't figured out if I am going to replace it or get rid of it. In my area cant find one , looked on line cheapest I found was $1,000. Shops around here wont even rebuild it. I might keep it if I can find a stick and change it over
 

wildbill23c

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Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford Bronco II
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
0
Total Drop
0
Tire Size
205/75-R15
My credo
19K, 19D, 92Y, 91F
I have a 93 ranger 3.0 engine has almost 400,000 on it but its had 6 trannies. l haven't figured out if I am going to replace it or get rid of it. In my area cant find one , looked on line cheapest I found was $1,000. Shops around here wont even rebuild it. I might keep it if I can find a stick and change it over
The transmission shop (AAMCO) that rebuild mine last month knows the A4LD inside and out LOL, they apparently have seen a few of them. They also said there are several updates and upgrades they do to them when they rebuild them. My 88 B2 seems to be doing ok so far on the rebuild and I had the shop add a 6 row transmission cooler and I plan on adding a transmission temp gauge as soon as I can figure out how to hook it up, I've done the oil pressure, coolant temp, and volt gauge in an 84 B2 I used to have, but I've never done a transmission temp gauge.
 

35Remmy

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Age
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Location
Binghamton NY
Vehicle Year
1988
1999
Make / Model
Ranger
Engine Size
2.9, 4.0
Transmission
Automatic
My 88 had 165k on it and was still running when it was rebuilt. The 2.9L blew a head gasket at 168k and I took her off the road and sold the transmission
 


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