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Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: 02SE] #4973340 01/08/19 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 02SE
I would tell her to steer clear of the same vehicle that just crapped out on her. I'm surprised the transmission lasted that long. I could recommend some more reliable vehicles, but that would likely become an argument among the brand fan boys.


She's looking at a 2013 Escape at the same dealer that only has 44K miles, a local one owner vehicle. I looked at it yesterday and it's in really nice condition. Titanium model, so pretty much fully loaded. The newer Escapes have the CVT transmission (the 2005 didn't have CVT), and of course some of the CVT transmissions had issues. But of course it's usually the "luck of the draw" on stuff like that. Fords seem to be hit or miss on reliability, just like most car brands.

Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: GMBoy] #4973342 01/08/19 03:35 PM
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I looked up used transmissions running around $850. If I were close to you I would come get it, pay her $500 and replace the trans myself and resell it. I have done this several times and makes me extra cash. With that - find a used trans and somebody to install it. Maybe you can come in around $1500-1800 and still have enough equity for her to sell or trade at full value.


Yeah, the vehicle is in pretty good over alll. Body and paint is good, no rust (PNW vehicle), no accidents. Someone could have a nice ride if they wanted to buy it cheap and put a transmission in it.

Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: ZeeOSix] #4973417 01/08/19 05:12 PM
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That would actually be my suggestion - Put it on CL "as is" and see if you get any bites. There are plenty of people out there with the right equipment, looking to make a few bucks on a flip.


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Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: ZeeOSix] #4973621 01/08/19 08:59 PM
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Around here I was able to find places that would drop in a used transmission in the $700-$1000 range. Call around. Those transmission shops and the dealer are the most expensive places. Maybe around 2k would do it. Also find someone with AAA plus, 100 miles of free towing. Regular AAA only gets you 3 miles. They won't let you just sign up for AAA plus though.

Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: ZeeOSix] #4973623 01/08/19 09:00 PM
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Tranny started to go out in the wife's old Cavalier, threw some TransX in it and doctored it so it would fail it's smog check, and the state gave us $1,000 for it.


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Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: ZeeOSix] #4974104 01/09/19 11:36 AM
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I do get a charge out of reading posts on the various BITOG topics that go along the lines of "maintain your vehicle and it will last forever" along with the implication that folks that do not do this are not of sound mind and possibly a danger to society.

Maintaining by keeping on top of fluids, tires, filters, plugs, wires, etc. is one thing that many folks do pay attention to. However, what the OP has here is not maintenance, it is replacement of failed parts to the tune of thousands on an older car. If this was the end of expensive repairs it would be one thing, but it is entirely possible that there will be many thousands more needed over the next few years. Lots of us have been there and done that and if finances permit we send the old car off to wherever old cars go.

Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: dishdude] #4974397 01/09/19 05:11 PM
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Kars for Kids sends the money back to Israel, support a donation company that keeps it in the US


I wouldn't give them my car just due to that obnoxious commercial!


Not sure about Israel, but I remember reading a lawsuit that they were sending it only to a certain religious school (not mentioning it just to avoid politics), but yeah, not really for "every" kids. With all the ads Kars 4 Kids play on the radio, I bet nothing is left after the expenses.


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Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: Anduril] #4974399 01/09/19 05:13 PM
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Tranny started to go out in the wife's old Cavalier, threw some TransX in it and doctored it so it would fail it's smog check, and the state gave us $1,000 for it.


OP is in PNW, I don't think they are buying back for emission like CA do.


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Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: ZeeOSix] #4974711 01/09/19 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ZeeOSix
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I would tell her to steer clear of the same vehicle that just crapped out on her. I'm surprised the transmission lasted that long. I could recommend some more reliable vehicles, but that would likely become an argument among the brand fan boys.


She's looking at a 2013 Escape at the same dealer that only has 44K miles, a local one owner vehicle. I looked at it yesterday and it's in really nice condition. Titanium model, so pretty much fully loaded. The newer Escapes have the CVT transmission (the 2005 didn't have CVT), and of course some of the CVT transmissions had issues. But of course it's usually the "luck of the draw" on stuff like that. Fords seem to be hit or miss on reliability, just like most car brands.


When I was looking at 2017 Escapes, they did not have CVT trans. I was of the firm belief that I wanted to avoid a CVT at all costs, as I do not feel they hold up long-term. I looked at Rav4, CRV, some Chevys, and one of the big differences on the Escape was its much higher tow rating: 3500 lbs vs 2000 for the same year Rav4 and CRV. Tow rating was important for me in a small SUV because we haul some Waverunners.

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Re: What to Do With a Dead Vehicle? [Re: rubberchicken] #4974754 01/10/19 03:22 AM
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I would tell her to steer clear of the same vehicle that just crapped out on her. I'm surprised the transmission lasted that long. I could recommend some more reliable vehicles, but that would likely become an argument among the brand fan boys.

She's looking at a 2013 Escape at the same dealer that only has 44K miles, a local one owner vehicle. I looked at it yesterday and it's in really nice condition. Titanium model, so pretty much fully loaded. The newer Escapes have the CVT transmission (the 2005 didn't have CVT), and of course some of the CVT transmissions had issues. But of course it's usually the "luck of the draw" on stuff like that. Fords seem to be hit or miss on reliability, just like most car brands.

When I was looking at 2017 Escapes, they did not have CVT trans. I was of the firm belief that I wanted to avoid a CVT at all costs, as I do not feel they hold up long-term. I looked at Rav4, CRV, some Chevys, and one of the big differences on the Escape was its much higher tow rating: 3500 lbs vs 2000 for the same year Rav4 and CRV. Tow rating was important for me in a small SUV because we haul some Waverunners.


After some more research what you say is correct, the newer Escapes don't have the CVT transmission. I test drove it last night and it didn't act like a CVT transmission and you can put it in "Sport Mode" and shift the transmission manually with the buttons on the shifter handle. I was pretty impressed on how much power the 2.0L Ecoboot has, and acceleration was pretty impressive. She ended up buying it last night, and now working on selling the dead 2005 Escape as is. One of the mechanics at the dealership may want to buy it and fix it for his daughter. Also have an add on Craigslist, so will see what happens. A junkyard transmission would be about $700, so someone could get it back on the road and keep it or flip it. Will see what happens.

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Around here there are guys with rolloffs that will pay 250 to 500 for a complete vehicle. I`v sold four in ten years. would imagine scrappers are everywhere


That must have been years ago. Price of steel has dived in the last 3 years or so.

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Around here there are guys with rolloffs that will pay 250 to 500 for a complete vehicle. I`v sold four in ten years. would imagine scrappers are everywhere

That must have been years ago. Price of steel has dived in the last 3 years or so.


Yep, I called the local wrecking yard and they said they'd only give $100 for it and come get it for free.

So the mechanic at the Ford dealership ended up giving her $750 for it after seeing maintenance records and what's been done to it over the last couple years. Also told him which wrecking yard has a transmission to help him out if that's his plan. He's fixing it for his daughter who's going to college. Everyone is happy.

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You and your daughter made the right choice. Life is short. Spending too much money on an old heap like that just isn't worth it.


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I would tell her to steer clear of the same vehicle that just crapped out on her. I'm surprised the transmission lasted that long. I could recommend some more reliable vehicles, but that would likely become an argument among the brand fan boys.

She's looking at a 2013 Escape at the same dealer that only has 44K miles, a local one owner vehicle. I looked at it yesterday and it's in really nice condition. Titanium model, so pretty much fully loaded. The newer Escapes have the CVT transmission (the 2005 didn't have CVT), and of course some of the CVT transmissions had issues. But of course it's usually the "luck of the draw" on stuff like that. Fords seem to be hit or miss on reliability, just like most car brands.

When I was looking at 2017 Escapes, they did not have CVT trans. I was of the firm belief that I wanted to avoid a CVT at all costs, as I do not feel they hold up long-term. I looked at Rav4, CRV, some Chevys, and one of the big differences on the Escape was its much higher tow rating: 3500 lbs vs 2000 for the same year Rav4 and CRV. Tow rating was important for me in a small SUV because we haul some Waverunners.


After some more research what you say is correct, the newer Escapes don't have the CVT transmission. I test drove it last night and it didn't act like a CVT transmission and you can put it in "Sport Mode" and shift the transmission manually with the buttons on the shifter handle. I was pretty impressed on how much power the 2.0L Ecoboot has, and acceleration was pretty impressive. She ended up buying it last night, and now working on selling the dead 2005 Escape as is. One of the mechanics at the dealership may want to buy it and fix it for his daughter. Also have an add on Craigslist, so will see what happens. A junkyard transmission would be about $700, so someone could get it back on the road and keep it or flip it. Will see what happens.


We bought the 2017 2.0 Ecoboost Escape for my wife, she loves it. Yes, its quite peppy, maybe slightly quicker than her 2004 Saturn Vue V6 with the 3.5. We really liked the Vue- it was a great all around little SUV, but the interior was cheap. As for the Escape, it has proven to be very nice. Usually I find a bunch of things to nitpick or dislike about any vehicle, but I only found one thing to complain about the Escape: it has the dohicky where you wave your foot around under the rear bumper to open the hatch if your arms are full. However, if you are hooking up a trailer and connecting the trailer lights, it can sometimes open on you suddenly and might bump you on the head.

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