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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-21-2014, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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97 E4OD Expected life Span

I have a 1997 F250 with 250,000 miles on her. I have changed the transmission fluid and filter at least every 50,000 miles. I am just wondering how many more miles I can realistically expect from it. I tow a 10,000+ lb fifth wheel about 5-6 thousand miles a year and I am about to head back to Colorado. Any input appreciated ( especially Mark Kovalsky )

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If you have 250,000 miles you are lucky if it's still driving. Like anything, some last, some don't. My original e4od lasted 7000 miles, so you've already outdid me by 35 times or so. I guess it's like a battery, some last 10yrs, some last 10 miles no way to predict, but it's the low point of an otherwise excellent truck. Unfortunate most were fitted with that piece of junk, but they were.

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244,000 on my 96' E4OD. The best advice I was ever given was to baby the transmission. Meaning, when you change gears, wait a full 3-5 seconds for the things that happen inside the tranny, to finish happening. Also, turn the O/D off every time you start the truck, so you aren't switching to O/D around town. I don't tow often and I don't tow heavy stuff. But my tranny has never given me a peep of a problem.

Do you have a tranny cooler and temp gauge?

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Mine had the original tranny in it when I sold it 250k+ of abuse towing a huge ass toy hauler for most of its life . The engine on the other hand broke piston #8 climbing a huge grade made it home with a nasty knock . Sold the crew cab to a friend and bought a xtra cab f250 4x4 96 220k miles and tight from an old man with a stack of reciepts from the dealer for all service done to it . Its all stock and just might keep it that way runs great.

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i think 150,000 intervals is pretty normal between overhauls with the E4od. Mine was rebuilt at 150,000 according to the Carfax. and I now have 314,000 so the way i look at it Im going on borrowed time. And it is starting to show signs. The only trouble Ive had so far is Torque converter not locking when it should, which Ive determined is an external issue. at 250k your trans has had a long life.... better than most.
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Whats the cost of getting a E4OD rebuilt?
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Whats the cost of getting a E4OD rebuilt?
It is going to depend on the shop and what you have done to it. If you go with a BTS rebuilt one expect to pay $3000+ for a nearly bullet proof transmission. Or if you want to check around locally see if you have a ATRA recommended shop in your area.

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Bugman thanks for ur responses and info! U get back quick. By the way i believe my 96 xlt has a 4EOD auto. I think by the way it drives that its been rebuilt. First to second shifts a little high in rpms and a little hard, the rest is smooth. Im not going to be towing so should i get a cooler or am im okay to just drive regular.? (running with 1705 superchip)

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