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Re: strong transmissions [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5128872 06/08/19 09:07 PM
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The Infiniti G20 might be worth considering if you get an automatic. The manuals often pop out of 5th gear, but I don't know of any problem with the automatics. And it's an easy-to-work-on 4-cylinder smile

You might be able to get a Saturn Astra. They have an Aisin transmission.

The first-gen TL and first-gen RL might be worth considering since they use a longitudinal V6 (the TL was available with an I5). NOTE; the 2.5TL and 3.2TL are completely different cars forward of the firewall. They seem to be mostly exempt from the Honda Tax. However, both are interference engines with a timing belt cry

DO NOT get any 99+ Honda V6 automatic, except the first-gen Acura RL (up to 04). The autos attached to any J-series V6 are all JUNK!

Can you find a decent Chevy Prizm in your area? They are a rebadged Corolla.

Mazdas are good cars if cars don't rust where you are.

Originally Posted by 92saturnsl2
The RE4F04A in my '96 Maxima has 265k miles and still shifts like new. Last changed the fluid at 200k, and it's still bright pink. They are known to be fairly bulletproof, according a lot of feedback I've read on some Nissan forums I frequent.

Pretty sure the Maxima used the same basic RE4F04A transmission perhaps with some updates (B revision) into the mid 00's until CVTs started appearing.


That transmission is fine, and so is the LSD version RE4F04V (most I30's have it), but it doesn't count when the car around it is a pile of rust smirk2

The transmission is the only good thing about the Maxima mad

Rusty radiator supports, rust-prone in general, issues with the engine's electrical things (TPS, MAF, knock sensor, etc), and it's a transverse V6 with all the horror of getting to the back of the engine (and it's one of the better transverse V6 designs, but still scary to work on)

Re: strong transmissions [Re: Popsy] #5128885 06/08/19 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Popsy
A manual transmission ?

Ok I'm already out wink wink

Interested in answers too. For example is the FRN-5 in my Mazda decent ? I hate how it performs, but if it's reliable...
Popsy, I don't know if it's the same tranny, but we're pretty happy with the 5-speed MT in our '09 Mazda 5 (2.3). It seems to do really well on Redline 75W-90 GL-4 fluid.

Make sure you're using a GL-4 (rather than a GL-5) fluid! It needs to be 'grabby' enough to get the synchos up to speed, and not degrade the brass synchros.

Re: strong transmissions [Re: Number_35] #5128933 06/08/19 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Number_35
Originally Posted by Popsy
A manual transmission ?

Ok I'm already out wink wink

Interested in answers too. For example is the FRN-5 in my Mazda decent ? I hate how it performs, but if it's reliable...
Popsy, I don't know if it's the same tranny, but we're pretty happy with the 5-speed MT in our '09 Mazda 5 (2.3). It seems to do really well on Redline 75W-90 GL-4 fluid.

Make sure you're using a GL-4 (rather than a GL-5) fluid! It needs to be 'grabby' enough to get the synchos up to speed, and not degrade the brass synchros.

Mine too, FNR5 performs just great, no problems and no issues with it


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5128976 06/09/19 01:01 AM
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Originally Posted by 92saturnsl2
The RE4F04A in my '96 Maxima has 265k miles and still shifts like new. Last changed the fluid at 200k, and it's still bright pink.

What ATF are you running?


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: JC1] #5128978 06/09/19 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by JC1

Go for a 95-97 Honda Accord. I had a 94 accord and only did drain and fills. No issues with the tranny after 240,000 miles. I sold it shortly after that.

My 97's tranny died at around 280k. I don't believe it was serviced for the first 248k or it's life.


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: joegreen] #5129005 06/09/19 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by joegreen
Yeah 90s Toyota automatics really most Toyota automatics.


The AW70/71/72 was used in a bunch of cars from the Toyota Cressida to the fleet of RWD Volvos. It's known for being bulletproof and if the valve body attains some wear it actually shifts more firmly.

Re: strong transmissions [Re: eljefino] #5129015 06/09/19 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
Originally Posted by joegreen
Yeah 90s Toyota automatics really most Toyota automatics.


The AW70/71/72 was used in a bunch of cars from the Toyota Cressida to the fleet of RWD Volvos.
It's known for being bulletproof and if the valve body attains some wear it actually shifts more firmly.

+1
Most of those trannies in the Volvo lineup were avail up to the early/mid 90s in the 200/700/900 series.
Downside of one of these, are most are approaching collector/antique status at this point. As a result finding parts for the vehicles are becoming more challenging.


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5129018 06/09/19 06:30 AM
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4R100

Re: strong transmissions [Re: Number_35] #5129024 06/09/19 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Number_35
[quote=Popsy]Popsy, I don't know if it's the same tranny, but we're pretty happy with the 5-speed MT in our '09 Mazda 5 (2.3). It seems to do really well on Redline 75W-90 GL-4 fluid.

Make sure you're using a GL-4 (rather than a GL-5) fluid! It needs to be 'grabby' enough to get the synchos up to speed, and not degrade the brass synchros.

Thanks!
Bus sadly mine is the automatic 5 speed (FRN5). I say sadly cause I'm not really a fan of this transmission, even if it seems to be a smooth one.


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5129047 06/09/19 07:18 AM
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What about the 4R70W transmission in the rear wheel drive Fords? Never had an issue in my Grand Marquis and many of them on the road fro many hundreds of thousands of miles.

If they still made the I wonder what engine they would go to the 3.5 ecoboost?


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5129076 06/09/19 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Originally Posted by HyundaiAbuser
rougly 95-05 sedans


Toyota's automatics, I don't know that they're called because I never had to do any research on them because they never have any problems happy
I think one of them is called A541E shrug

The Camry, Corolla, Tercel, and Echo are all awesome cars. Toyota makes the best cars.

Honda makes the best manual transmissions. Their automatics aren't quite as good.


Anything with an Aisin automatic transmission.

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Strong? Keep in mind my limited experience due to my age, and lack of knowledge of older transmissions. But of what I know '95 and newer... Tremec T-56. Best tranny ever IMO. Second favorite (*so far after 10K*) is whatever 6-speed auto (anyone know?) is in my '16 Elantra. 3rd is probably the 4R70W (although the torque converter shudder problem is real). But since none of the above fit the OP's criteria, I'll see myself out.


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: talest] #5129184 06/09/19 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by talest
4R100


Except running behind Powerstroke diesels in certain applications pulling really, really heavy loads for a long time. (cooler flow circuit needs more flow)

Behind the 460 / 7.5 liter, they run forever and ever and ever


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: spk2000] #5129187 06/09/19 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by spk2000
What about the 4R70W transmission in the rear wheel drive Fords...... many of them on the road for many hundreds of thousands of miles.


Mine has 193,000 and I don't think the pan has ever been off.

I pull 8,000lb - 10,000lb loaded trailers pretty often, plus the 6,000+ lbs truck (tools, chains, fuel, etc...) so I'm really surprised it has lasted this long!!


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Re: strong transmissions [Re: HyundaiAbuser] #5129210 06/09/19 10:59 AM
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+1 on the 4r70w/4r75e


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