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Old 07-11-2004, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well my 1990 E34 535i has had about everything fixed on it and is all new but the Engine and Transmission!! So I figured they were going out soon but I didnt want it to be last night haha!! Anyways near my friends house there is this curving road and its fun to charge around it at like 65 and such, I always do every time I go to his house, anyways I drop him off around 1:30am and then I turn to drive away and the car doesnt want to do more then idle crawl! So I thought it was in neutral but no, the RPMS were going and the car was in Drive but not going anywhere!! So first off I think, F*CK its the Tranny so I call AAA and they come and it still wont move at all!! Except in Reverse, which works fine for some reason! So We tow it to a Gas Station cuz it might just be low on Tranny fluid, so we put a bottle in then tow it back to my house and leave it to try in the morning, well today it woudlnt even idle crawl and I havent tried Reverse yet but it starts fine and all and gets gas so thast why I presume its the Tranny... anyhelp would be appreciated!! Also prices on new, used and/or re-built tranny's!! Cuz if its too much to fix it will be kicking it in the Driveway for along time... Thanks in advance
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Old 07-11-2004, 04:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is most likely a tranny. A few years back we had a Taurus (only had it for about a month) and it did the same thing... we ended up trading it in and loosing 3 grand.
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phhh...we had two Tauruses and a Continental (which at the time was a glorified Taurus platform) and they ALL had transmission problems. In fact, the Continental had 5 transmissions in just a little over two years. That was our last Ford. My Uncle had problems with the tranny in his Explorer too, and he doesn't buy Fords anymore either. I have this awesome license plate that has a Ford logo with a red circle-slash through it and says, "Friends don't let friends drive Fords."

Anyway, Maz, yup, sounds like the tranny. When our second Taurus tranny went out it did the same thing---except it decided to go out as as were turning left across two lanes of traffic and a semi was coming at us. THAT sucked. On top of that we were in Tennessee, a good 10 hours from home in Indiana. You know what you may want to do...I'd get an estimate on what it would cost to put a manual tranny in that sucker. It's worth looking into!
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Seriously, a Manual Tranny would be pretty cool in that, I really miss driving a Manual!! I will ask my mechanic tomorrow when I take it in to him!! I sure hope it doesnt cost an arm and a leg!!
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