Originally Posted by gburke1
Sounds like there is no way around spending a lot of money
I think I am just going to get rid of the car. I really don't want to but it's just becoming more and more of a hassle.
i know it allways sucks to find out that an expensive part needs to be replaced, take some time to think about/consider your options.
frankly, while i don't know the milage i wouldn't expect a basic unaltered, non re-inforced transmission to go through drag racing, hard driving etc without additional wear, thats clearly not the intended use of a street vehicle.
so don't be mad at the car or ford, comes with the territory.
if you want to sell/trade it you probably should get it in running/working order someway.
i'm not familiar with the servos and their possible issues, maybe you find some additional info on these by searching this forum, i have a little experience with older transmissions, c4, c6, aod.
as an initial first step i would also have changed the oil as you did (worked on my 89 crown vic, added 3 more years of dd). did you check it? did it smell burned? was it dirty/resedue? did you change the filter too?
now i think rebuilding the tranny apparently between 2 and 3k sounds about right, then you would know where you stand with it and have a warranty, might differ between say the transmission shop and the official ford dealer, hence the price difference.
for "regular" use i believe ford might be the better option, for racing, drag racing a specialized/experienced transmission shop might be able to build in some upgrades better (and add a dipstick).
i see trannys on ebay between $400 and $1000, some have warranty some don't, consider shipping costs. the local pick-n-pull etc might be a possibility too.
BUT these warranties may replace the part but installation, oil etc will be on you, not sure it you can/want to do that and take the risk of doing it twice (or more).