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Old 03-13-2007, 11:36 AM
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I have a 1998 Millenia with a 2.5L engine. Dealer says a tranny from a 1997-2002 will fit, but doesn't even acknowledge the change in 1998 (Hollander says a change took place in that year. Cars with the last six digits of the VIN at or below below 407285 is early '98; cars with the last six digits of the VIN at or above 407286 late '98.) A transmission seller on Ebay says, "A 1995 to 1998 will fit. Minor change most likely in gear ratio. You won't even notice. Trust me!" Another seller says the intake and exhaust manifold will need to be replaced if I use a 1995 to 1997 tranny. A friend who owns a used car dealership says because the last six digits of my VIN are 404202 only a 1998 tranny will fit, up to the changeover. Ugh. Can anyone shed any light on this? It's very frustrating. Any help is much appreciated!
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I have a 1998 Millenia with a 2.5L engine. Dealer says a tranny from a 1997-2002 will fit, but doesn't even acknowledge the change in 1998 (Hollander says a change took place in that year. Cars with the last six digits of the VIN at or below below 407285 is early '98; cars with the last six digits of the VIN at or above 407286 late '98.) A transmission seller on Ebay says, "A 1995 to 1998 will fit. Minor change most likely in gear ratio. You won't even notice. Trust me!" Another seller says the intake and exhaust manifold will need to be replaced if I use a 1995 to 1997 tranny. A friend who owns a used car dealership says because the last six digits of my VIN are 404202 only a 1998 tranny will fit, up to the changeover. Ugh. Can anyone shed any light on this? It's very frustrating. Any help is much appreciated![/b]
The guy who always has transmissions on ebay is a MORON. 95-96 2.5L is one style, 97-2002 is the other. Period, end of discussion. If you need one, ive got one

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Eric,

I appreciate your reply. If there was a change-over in '98, I would think '95 to early '98 is one generation and late '98 to '02 is the next. It's the same engine as the '95-'96, so why won't one from those years fit? What about the last six digits of my VIN, does that identify which ones work? -Robert

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Eric,

I appreciate your reply. If there was a change-over in '98, I would think '95 to early '98 is one generation and late '98 to '02 is the next. It's the same engine as the '95-'96, so why won't one from those years fit? What about the last six digits of my VIN, does that identify which ones work? -Robert[/b]

the change over didnt occur in 98. The only difference between a 97 and a 98 are the circular mazda logos-nothing mechanical. 95-96 uses an older much stronger(and expensive) 4EAT, while the 97+ uses a modified CD4E, which is much less reliable-cause ford designed it(and less costly). The transmission bell housing will physically fit all years with the 2.5, but the electronics are vastly different, thats why the different interchange. according to car-part.com, the last 6 matter, however i know this is not exactly true because i've installed a 2000's transmission in a 97 and had zero sideffects, everything was the same.

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Thanks, that's the kind of answer I was looking for. How much for the transmission and where are you located? -Robert

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the change over didnt occur in 98. The only difference between a 97 and a 98 are the circular mazda logos-nothing mechanical. 95-96 uses an older much stronger(and expensive) 4EAT, while the 97+ uses a modified CD4E, which is much less reliable-cause ford designed it(and less costly). The transmission bell housing will physically fit all years with the 2.5, but the electronics are vastly different, thats why the different interchange. according to car-part.com, the last 6 matter, however i know this is not exactly true because i've installed a 2000's transmission in a 97 and had zero sideffects, everything was the same.

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Thanks, that's the kind of answer I was looking for. How much for the transmission and where are you located? -Robert[/b]
Id like $250 for it, and i'll gaurantee it since it came from a car i drove for 5 hours home and it shifted perfectly. I'm in st.louis missouri, but i can forward air the transmission for around $125. whats your zip and local? I'll try to get the best shipping rate i can find, usually forward air is it.

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'93 Mazda Mx-6 LS. KLZE, black on black leather.
'92 Mazda B2200, Kia sportage FE-DOHC, MS2, the constantly inconsistant.
'01 Mazda Millenia S. 95k. ????
'79 Mazda 626. I swear, i will finish this someday
'85 Rx-7 GS. Full EFI 302/T5 swap underway soon
'97 Jeep Cherokee. 3" lift, 31's. The heepajeep.
'00 Millenia MES, Awaiting engine install
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Eric, I sent you an e-mail. Thanks.

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Id like $250 for it, and i'll gaurantee it since it came from a car i drove for 5 hours home and it shifted perfectly. I'm in st.louis missouri, but i can forward air the transmission for around $125. whats your zip and local? I'll try to get the best shipping rate i can find, usually forward air is it.

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