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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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How Durable is the 5R44E?

The father is looking at a new truck, 2010 Ranger FEL package, he wants a 5spd Manual, Ma on the other hand wants him to get an Automatic. Dealer will have to order him a truck with a manual if he digs his heals in as their are none in the area at moment. I found it odd Ma wanted him to get one with a slushbox considering both of them already have manuals in their respective vehicles('06 Jetta TDI & '02 Ranger Edge stepside). Usually most of get a manual for fuel mileage and durability, how weak is the 5R44E?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 03:46 PM
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they seem to be good with regular maintance

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The trucks have almost double the towing capacity with automatic. That would seem to indicate they're actually much stronger than a manual transmission, if that's what you're referring to?

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 04:27 PM
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automatics always have a higher tow capacity. doesn't mean they're stronger. do the 2010's still have the five speed auto's? i thought they were all heading for six speeds now. if it's a 5r55e, expect to get through the warranty period.

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It'll last fine. I've abused mine hard offroad, only overheated once on me and I was pushing it HARD. They don't like being rockcrawled for hours on end.. I've had my truck around 8000 lbs gross weight a few times for a couple thousand KM's each time, tranny never got hot at all, and even with the overheating the fluid's still pink and clean. I just get mine flushed every 20K.

I would suggest pulling out the stock tranny cooler and throwing in a larger aftermarket one IMO. It'll make it last much longer if you're working it. If its just a DD/commuter truck, don't worry too much about it. LR

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Dad picked up his 2010 Ranger FEL 2.3L/5spd Manual on Thurdsay, Ma lost the battle. She's in silver, rear disk with RSC & the same sport cloth seats as my Sport has.
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Maritime Storm.

That's exactly what I have. I love it.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2010, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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So does he so far. He had an '02 Edge Stepside for the past 2 years, he traded it for the the 2010, he liked the truck but complained constantly about the fuel mileage from his 3.0L and how he wished he had waited out for and FEL package. With luck, now that he has what he actually wanted in the first place, that he will stay happy.
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