WOT Junkie and avid corn burner
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Even a '96 transmission is worlds better than a '95 and below. Longevity and performance hasn't been a problem for mine at all though. Just replace the stuff that typically(ish) goes bad, which for mine fortunately, hasn't been more than a lower 1-2 accumulator spring. Just keep good fluid in it and keep the temps down by installing an auxiliary trans cooler. You have a good foundation to work with, OP. You can build that trans to take some abuse, especially if it has been maintained.
Michael M. ASE P2 Automobile Parts Specialist.
1996 Thunderbird LX. Gone, but not forgotten Oct 1995-March 24 2016 Trick Flow headded, E85 guzzling beast.
1985 Mustang GT. modified stock Holley 4180C, Weiand Street Warrior intake manifold, equal length headers, true dual exhaust, 5 speed, 3.55:1 8.8'' rear end, Ford Racing 10.5" clutch.
1998 Mustang GT premium. Trans Go shift kit, Bassani catted x-pipe, PI heads, cams, intake swap, Accufab elbow, SCT Xcal 4 tune, Eibach Pro-kit, Maximum Motorsports Caster/camber plates, fat tires. Banging audio system.