SUVs/Trucks withOUT transmission problems?

Discussion in 'Gearhead Garage' started by Chainblade, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    well as some of you may know, I had to have my transmission rebuild on my 94 Explorer. Upon researching it, it seems that even to this day Explorers have crappy transmission. In fact, 2000 miles after I just got the transmission fixed, it's acting up again. Luckily I have a 12000 mile warranty but still a pain in the ass. Since this seems like an issue with Explorers (even new ones...correct me if I'm wrong though), what other SUVs would be better and not have constant transmission problems? Do Expeditions have the same problems? What about Chevy Tahoes or GMC Yukons? Why I am mentioning american SUVs is because they would be in my price range. I guess if all american SUVs have transmission issues, i may have to just save (or get a car loan...don't want to though) to get a Toyota 4Runner or Honda Pilot. I assume that Toyota and Honda make a lot more reliable SUV's (again, correct me if I'm wrong).
  2. ThatHideousStrength

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    I'm 100% sure any import SUV will be more reliable then American ones. Do you really need a SUV/Truck or is it a preference.
  3. Chainblade

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    technically a preference but since I went from an Accord to that Explorer, it has done wonders for my back and knees. I'm 6'6" so getting in and out of cars just hurts and I'm only 23...i can't imagine how much it would hurt when I'm older lol. So ya I'd prefer an SUV or truck. I mean I know import vehicles are more reliable anyways but finding an import SUV or truck for hella cheap is impossible. and by hella cheap I mean that the $3000 or so I paid for my truck was a lot to me. If Chevy's or GMCs don't have transmission problems, then it would be worth the switch. Sure they aren't as reliable as the Hondas and Toyota SUVs but transmission problems are such a pain in the ass.
  4. ThatHideousStrength

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    It probably won't be transmission problems with Chevy or GMC but it will probably be some other problem that they have.
  5. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Honda CR-V = happiness.
  6. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    ya i know you love your CR-V lol. That's a little too small though for my taste (not to mention they are ugly :p). I'd much rather prefer the Pilot. But, again, cost :(
  7. MSP

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    I came this close to getting the Pilot, but it was really more than I needed. Plus I wasn't sure how well it would fit in my garage. And I love that 23-30MPG...

    What's your price range? The Pontiac Torrent (Chevy Solstice) rides nice, and I think they get pretty good reliability marks for an American SUV. Plus, unlike my Honda, you can actually tow with it.
  8. sims

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    older 4 runners are pretty bullet proof, but they hold they're value so they're considerably more expensive then older america SUV's(with good reason)
  9. Chainblade

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    haha my price range is...free lmao. really, whatever I could sell my Explorer for or trade it in for would be all I could really spend. Obviously not a lot to work with I know. I'll just wait and see and hope that the shop will fix up my transmission and it will STAY fixed this time and try to squeeze as much out of this Explorer as I can. Other than the transmission, it's had no problems and I love it. In the future when I can afford more, I'll probably look into either a Honda or Toyota SUV or truck.
  10. MSP

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    What you could sell your Explorer for and buy = a decent small used car. :)
  11. Chainblade

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    ya but like I said before, going back to a car just won't work. My g/f has an accord still and i had to drive it today and it's just so hard on my back and knees, it's so low to the ground. i mean the top of the car comes to my belly button or something ridiculous like that. I was just curious of any other older american SUVs were more reliable than the Explorer as i could probably sell or trade my Explorer for a Tahoe or Yukon for the same price. Sounds like they are all gonna suck so I'll just stick with my Explorer as long as I can until I can afford to buy something else that's better in about 10 years
  12. Daveyiv2k1

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    4 runner or tacoma depending on if you want an suv or truck
  13. MSP

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    Yeah, how about a used F-150? It's not an SUV, but throw a cap on it and you get most of the benefit. And cheap as shit used too. They've sold a gazillion of them. Best selling vehicle on the planet.
  14. Chainblade

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    yep I'm fine with an F-150. anyone know if they have the same transmission problems that the Ranger/Explorer have though? I would hope they put a more heavy duty transmission into that thing but you never know...
  15. Commissar Smersh

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    4Runner is going to your best bet for a used SUV. Keep in mind the pilot is based on the accord platform, so if you were uncomfortable in the accord you may have the same issue in the pilot. I would suggest looking into used 4runners and tundras if you want reliability and the truck stature. Your next best bet would be to grab a f150 or even an old old old school gmc.
  16. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    I have no bitch w/ my '97 GMC Safari minivan. I blew the rear end and broke an upper ball joint but I abuse the shit out of it. I use it for work to hal my tools and occasionally materials. When building my garage I went to get rebar and drove on the scales for shits and giggles, "empty", just my tools and I, I was 1/2 ton over the GVWR, to which I added another 1/2 ton of steel. I've always thought bigger discs would be nice for my front brakes but at 200Kmi, I bought it at 125K for $3,000 so it owes me nothing.
  17. JustinL

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    Maybe look at an older S10. If you can find one with a 4.3 v6 (bullet proof engine), it may come with a 700r4. If the tranny blows, you can swap in a turbo 350, turbo 400, 700r4, or most any other standard gm tranny that is a dime a dozen. Can you drive stick? That would be my preference for a long lasting transmission. Even if the synchros go out, you can just double clutch them and not worry about it.
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    I second the F150. Those things run damn near forever. My brother has a 1991 F150 and he just broke 500,000 miles. Factory stock inline 6 cylinder with a 5speed manual transmission never rebuilt. The only thing that has had problems is the front-end suspension...the balljoints are weak as shit and we can't get the allignment straight anymore, but it's still a good work horse.
  19. Chainblade

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    cool F150 sounds good. I can drive a stick but my g/f can't ;-). How are the automatics on the F150s?

    EDIT: how are Ford Broncos? aren't they based on the F150 platform so they should be pretty good too?
  20. JustinL

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    Bronco's are pretty good. Are you able to do work on your own? If you stick with an older car (say early 90s), you can most likely pick up a replacement tranny for cheap if the current one blows up. My friend just had a race built 600+hp turbo 400 built for around $800, which I imagine was a lot cheaper then your explorer. I don't know what trannys came in the fords, but the C4 and C6 have a good reputation AFAIK.
  21. Jishory

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    i was gonna say that, i had a 95 gmc jimmy that i abused for the last 100k miles of the 200k miles we had it, it had seen plenty of air time, burnouts and i have even had the hood under water, it still worked great until the day we sold it, besides the a/c compressor, only problem we had with it. but we live somewhere with 100 degree plus summers daily where the a/c pump was maxed out all the time, so no gripes here. i miss that thing :(
  22. Chainblade

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    unfortunately, I know nothing about how to work on vehicles. I wish I did though...
  23. I'd have to agree with the others. Try for a Toyota, but you're not likely to get one in your price range. Ford's Automatics SUCK. My old v6 ranger was about to lose the tranny before I crashed it(good timing?). Get a damn manual. I own a 5 speed S10, but would suggest against it for you. You sound like your just too big for that truck.

    My suggestion is an F150 with a 4.0 and a 5 speed. That right there is a pretty good combination. I highly suggest that you learn to work on your vehicles though, it's an absolute necessity if you're low on funds.
  24. Chainblade

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    problem with learning to work on my vehicles is that I would be fucked if I messed up lol. it's something i'd like to do but don't really know how to go about it. it's not like i'm gonna read a step by step book and be able to fix my transmission...

    anywho, it is fixed for now. i took it back to the place and got it fixed under warranty. I guess some vacuum hose "shrunk" or something and it wasn't attaching properly. They put in a longer one and it's good now. In the mean time, I'm going to see if I can trade/sell it for something else.
  25. Start small. Change your oil/filters. Then when you get ballsy work on your suspension. Then if you get even more ballsy work on the actual guts of your engine.

    I do almost all my own work on my vehicles. The only things I don't do are the ones I can't do, like alignment/valve adjustments/etc.