Its not going to matter FWD tranies will die. Period. Plan on it. Any car you buy the tranny can go out for no reason at any times, some might argue with that but I seriously would not trust any car'* orginal or rebuilt tranny to last 100,000, if it does well good for it, some will some wont, no point in NOT buying certain years because they seem to have more failures. When it fails make sure you get a premium rebuilt trans done by a shop that knows what they are doing and if there are any performance parts available, please install those when you rebuild it.
Keep in mind that 96 had the most powerful motor yet (l67 wise) and from what I understand not much was changed from the 94/95 trannies for the 96 year, and those cars had slightly less horsepower and torque. With electronic transmissions it can be a simple $50 electronic component that can bring death.
My take is to have $5000, spend $3000 on a nice car then have the rest saved and invested for when it breaks.
If you dont believe that 4t65e trannies fail from 97-99, go to CGP.
Originally Posted by Boreas
Since my folks want me to drive a GOOD car they wont let me buy an old car like the 93 SSEi for $2,000 I was looking at earlier. Anywhere around $5,000 and 100,000 miles is a worthy candidate.
Please tell your parents no such thing as a "GOOD" or "completely reliable" used car ha ha.
If you ask me, there are lemons of all years and miles and cars that go forever without attention. It is sort of the luck of the draw and what has been done to maintain them. If people on this car club forum only change their oil every 20,000 miles imagine what regular non-mechanical minded do to their cars.
I had a 87 which is considered to be one of the less reliable years last over 220,000 miles with orginal tranny, and motor. It would have lasted more if I had not changed the trans fluid.....some had ones that crapped out at 50,000 or less miles. go figure.
Please remember 93 is considered one of the most reliable and easiest to fix if it breaks. Also 96+ are also easier to diagnose with OBDII