As some of you may know I have been having trouble with my automatic transmission for some time. Every so called transmission specialist I see tells me it is something different and the quoted prices range from a couple of hundred to almost as much as the vehicle is insured for. If I was to pay each of these 'experts' what they want I would probably have to sell the house with no guarantee that they will be able to deliver. Not having a reliable vehicle is losing me work as well as preventing me from enjoying my weekends on my brothers farm in the southern highlands of NSW. I have to get it back on the road as soon as possible.
I had a mechanic suggest that I ditch the automatic transmission and replace it with a manual one. He is of the opinion that it would be more reliable and be better off road with the manual box.
I would be interested to know if anyone has done this and :-
- how difficult was it?
- how does the vehicle perform as a manual?
- how much did it cost?
- how long did it take?
- does the computer have to be changed?
- are such items readily available from wreckers?
Sorry to be asking so many questions but I believe it is better to seek informed advice rather than jump willy-nilly into something that could end up costing an arm and a leg and then finish up with something that wont work.
1996 Explorer Limited, extra leaf in rear suspension, 50mm Torsion Bar lift,driving & fog lights.
1991 Surf, Bullbar, Towbar, 50mm suspension lift