[quote author=stranger706 link=topic=133597.msg2870935#msg2870935 date=1232203561]
Wondering what we can expect out of these automatics before requiring a rebuild. Is 200k a reasonable expectation? Given routine flushes of course.
200k would be pretty lucky with any automatic! Most usually die from heat, not maintaining a proper schedule for fluid changes (Euro makers tout not having to ever change the fluid, just the transmission), and being rather rough. Of course, they don't make them as durable as say, a Turbohydramatic 400. They're lighter, more complex, and must perform more efficiently. Basically, it's a higher stress drivetrain component than the engine or axle (if RWD or AWD). FWD is a transaxle, so add even more complexity for having (basically) a differential and two axles. If I get 150k, I'd be more than happy!
I have 52k on my 2006 5ATX. Second ATF change (I do every 25k miles, just to be on the safe side) just occured and it is doing just fine...shifts smoothly, occasional (and noted) shift shock when the fluid is cold and in M mode, no grinding or slipping. It has only once gone into a "safe" mode when I was climbing (at a pretty fast rate with the A/C on) through the upper Rockies between Montana and Idaho with alot of camping/hiking gear and the 3 of us, ambient temp close to 100 F. Wouldn't shift out of 4th (probably to help coolant keep pumping) or shift manually. Got to a flat area and cruised along, started to rain a bit which cooled the ambient temp as well. Just keeping itself from heating up too much and leaving us stranded.
I have considered getting an ATF cooler though, we'll see how the fluid looks at the 75k. They're under $100 installed.