Originally Posted by taskforcefreddy
Hey everyone. My best friend's father just drove his rig (99F250 towing a 32' fifth and 17' alumicraft boat) down to Astor for a three month trip with his wife. They got down there and set everything up with no issues. Yesterday he goes to drop the boat in the water and the truck refuses to engage and pull out. He had to have someone pull him out from the boat launch.
The truck got towed to a ford dealer in the area and today they told him that it's going to cost $4300 to replace it. He asked me if that was too much and after looking around on here, I said 'hell yeah it is'. He said they're replacing it with a brand new one, not a rebuilt. I told him that's impossible because they stopped building those trannies 10 years ago and that he's simply getting a rebuilt transmission that's been rebuilt to new condition.
Unfortunately, he's already given them the green light and it looks like he gets it back Monday. Any thoughts on his situation?
That Ford dealership is total BS. I just finished building a fully-modified 4R100 for my truck & it didn't cost me more than $1900 in just parts. And after doing this for so long, the 4R100 is really a simple transmission to work on IMO. After parts, it's just a matter of what the trans' shop rates are for labor. Having said that, $4300 for a "brand new" trans., parts & labor is outrageous. Like you said, you can't find a "brand new" 4R100. That's an outright lie. There's definitely something fishy about this place. I'd have your friend call the BBB.