Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hickman Nebraska
yeah, avoid the 95 and down like the plague, they have roller one way clutches, and the valve body is very poor as stated.
find yourself a 96 or 97 and you wont have to repin the connectors, 98+ requires a repin, but their much better the newer you get of course.
and some of the 96's ive herd also came with roller clutches which are more prone to failure then the mechanical diode ones from 97 and up. so 97+ is where i would look.
just remember though that pretty much everything your going to find for these cars is gonna be high millage or it will have sat on a shelf for years. so used will most likely not be a good plan. and a lot of the re-builders out their use substandard parts to get you back out on the road only to return to them after the warranty expires...
also, those magnets will always be full of metal. that's what they were put their to collect. as a trans operates it will naturally grind off small filings of clutch material, metal from bearings, etc. now if theirs large pieces of metal, then you can worry. as long as you wipe all of those filings off when you do the filter and fluid changes all will be well.
RUST!! eating away at me more than the rear fender wells
95 Deep Jewel Green 40th Anniversary Bird / Stock SOHC 190k 96-97 intake swap, 97 Mk8 4R70W, Jmod, 3L27 / energy susp rear spindle, and cobra arm bushings, 93 Mk8 shaft, and LCAs, 225/60r16 on Windstar twin 5spokes, Vogtland 1.6drop springs, Tokico Blues, PBR, and rear-disk swap, 89 SC swaybars
Last edited by nall_one; 10-03-2012 at 11:22 PM.