I love when people blame the auto companies when a ten year old vehicle that has been improperly maintained has a problem. Not even the precious Japanese can build a car that will last through owner abuse.
I agree with both of the previous comments. I would add that if you would actually look in the owner's manual, you'd see that Ford recommends changing the transmission fluid and filter at 30,000 mile intervals.
When I buy a used car, the first thing I do is change the oil, flush the cooling system, change the transmission fluid and filter, lube it, change the air and fuel filters, check the differential fluid, check the brakes, and then check the recommended service interval to see if there is anything that I've missed. That way, I know where I'm starting from. You can't just buy some old beater and expect it to be like new. You need to learn how to take care of a car.
Well the dealership replaced the transmission free of charge. They also said that they serviced all the fluids. The air bag light is still on and I can't seem to find the fuse box. Anyone know where to get an owners manual?
If you go to the Ford garage, and give them your VIN number, they can print out the recommended maintenance schedule for your model.
I would also say to have the Ford garage do your service. I used to do all my own maintenance on my cars, but new ones can be tricky. For instance, to change the transmission fluid, things have to be done at certain temperatures after certain durations, and you need an infrared thermocouple thermometer to verify fluid temperature... in other words, have the dealer do the maintenance.
I posted the first comment. And we must applaud that dealer for replacing an entire transmission free of charge. That deserves a big thumbs up. You would never see a Honda or Toyota dealer replacing one that quickly for free.
And you can get owners manuals off ebay.
If it were a Honda or a Toyota, the transmission would work right in the first place.
I guess you haven't read the reviews about the transmission problems on '99-04 Honda Odyssey's.
...or the reviews on the Lexus RX330.
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