Friday, November 25, 2011

5 worst automatic transmissions

All-Trans Transmissions Inc. compiled a list of the 5 WORST automatic transmissions on the road today.


*Honorable mention- Chrysler's FWD A-604 transmission ranks among the worst auto transmissions ever built!  If not for the age of the design, it would rank at the top of our list.


5)  RE5R05A- Nissan's new 5-speed RWD automatic transmission. TCM is located on valve body inside of transmission assembly. When mixed with inherent radiator cracking and contamination of the transmission control module, these transmissions can become a nightmare!

4)  U series- Toyota began use of this model transmission in the early 2000s. Premature planetary pin failure and TCM problems in year specific RAV-4 models were common flaws. As a result Toyota was forced to extend their warranties on certain transmission assemblies.

3)  CD4E- Known as Ford "bicycle design," this model is available in FWD and AWD. An internal filtering system and overall poor design leads to early repairs. Extensive R&R labor requirements and expensive replacement parts make this one of Ford's worst automatic transmissions.

2)  Any Hondamatic transmission- 21st century Honda/Acura transmissions are the second worst auto transmission on the road for the following reasons: torque converter clutch fails, flaking clutches into internal filter, and increased labor requirements for newer 5-speed automatic transmissions.


     And the winner is:

Ford 5R55W

1)  5R55W- By far the worst automatic transmission on the road!!! Whether it be 2-wheel, 4-wheel, or all-wheel drive; Congratulations Explorer owners because you own the worst automatic transmission ever made.

Are you having transmission problems?

For affordable pricing on automatic and manual transmission repairs in the Delaware area, call All-Trans Transmissions Inc. (302)366-0104 or email us alltranstransmissions@gmail.com

13 comments:

  1. This is a great article. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I will absolutely check it out. Southwest Transmissions Company

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  2. how does the 02 Dakota 45RFE stand up?

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    1. The early 45RFE transmissions were prone to malfunctions in the solenoid packs. Updated solenoid packs are now available to fix this problem. Besides the few elecrical problems, these seem to be mechanically sound transmissions.

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    2. How are the 2008-2009 Ford Taurus Sedan Transmissions?

      I am referring specifically to .....
      the 6speed automatic. 6F

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM-Ford_6-speed_automatic_transmission

      2007–present 6F50—6-speed transaxle, Van Dyke Transmission

      Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ford_transmissions

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  3. I see you guys are one of the real companies. That's why 30 years and counting, more power to you. I found you all online, when someone gives you free advice, and It's correct, and it may cost them if they give it to you then there's usually another motive such as integrity, or pure truth. Well you guys passed. You keep America what it is, bless you. I'm in a suburb of Indianapolis. Have an 01 Caravan with the tranny you speak of. Have run many of these Mopar Minny vans through the years as they are just the right size for my company. Was told that these gears are weak, send metal into the fluid thus contaminating all else and causing early failure. Was thinking a heavier set of Ring and Pinion with spider gears as well would potentially endure better. Is there any truth to this point, or is it off track? Can I get a set of gears ect, if so, a complete break-down to even splitting the cases would be very much worth it as these are some of the best engineered Minny Vans ever made and work perfect for medium tasks? John, Noblesville, In. jonnyindiana.jd@gmail.com

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    1. As of 2000, Chrysler redesigned the final drive cross shaft retainers and eliminated the retaining pin in the A-604 transmission. This prevents the cross shaft from wearing the differential carrier and ultimately breaking the transmission case housing. If your vehicle is a 2001 then you should be in the clear!

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  4. Great site! I'm thinking of buying a 2008 or 2009 Chrysler town and country van.
    I wonder if you are getting any of them into your shop for a/t issues? I think they are 6 speeds.
    Would really like to find out if I am buying another Chrysler money pit.
    My Grandson has a 1999 dodge caravan with a bad tranny and I have an old 1992 Dodge AWD caravan on it's second tranny but the re-builder of that one must have done something to it during the re-build...It's still shifting smoothly and running fine. Hope you can help with some advice on the 08 and 09 T&C a/t's

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    1. Thanks for visiting our site. The older Chrysler A-604 transmissions were notorious for their design flaws. Over the course of the last 20 years, many aftermarket fixes have become available for these transmissions. In 2007, Daimler Chrysler began to offer a 62TE six-speed automatic transmission. However, our shop has not seen any of these transmissions come in for repairs, which may be a good sign. I would recommend looking for a Chrysler Town and Country van with a 62TE transmission. Hopefully this information helps.

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  5. Chrysler cars are known to be great in every aspect, it is sad that they could just be abandoned in this manner without any regard for the materials and man power that might have gone into the manufacture. hope other car manufacturers are reading this.

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  6. Great in every way...except their transmissions

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  7. Just bought a 03 MDX and now im reading alot of negative things about the transmission and I'm Terrified that we will have problems! Thanks for your helpful info

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  8. I got a2000 dodge ram 3500 fwd dually it's automatic I just put a new all trans tranny in it it is twice the stock tranny was I'm pleased keep up the good work all trans

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  9. Making a good automatic transmission seems like a lost art. When I pulled the 318 out of my '73 Dodge Charger to take to a performance machine shop for rebuild and performance upgrade, I was warned by several performance shops that my A904 transmission wouldn't survive, but the man who was modifying my transmission called me with the good new, "Guess what? You have a 727 Torqueflite. You have nothing to worry about," and everybody agreed.

    Nowadays I can't determine who makes a good automatic transmission. I was talking with a Honda dealership about buying a new Honda Civic. They asked me why I preferred a manual I told them it was because of their infamy with automatic transmissions. They admitted that their 2002-2003 automatic transmissions were bad by design but that Honda has corrected it. I was told that all of their automatic transmissions are CVT's and are good. What do you say to this? And on the whole, who in the heck makes a great automatic transmission nowadays? Thank you.

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