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Old 09-15-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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04 ZX3 shifter pivot cup- cant find anywhere


I'm trying to fix my son's 04 ZX3 2.0L DOHC with a manual transaxle. He reported that he could not get the shifter to move into certain positions. I took the shifter boot and what-not off and found a broken plastic piece at the bottom of the shift selector itself. This piece is a round(ish), plastic 'cup' or bushing that the ball on the base of the shift selector sits in. It fits right into the base. I'm assuming the broken pieces where preventing the shifter from reaching certain positions because I'm able to manipulate the cables into all gears by hand with no trouble.

Problem is I can't find that little plastic piece anywhere. The dealership wants to sell the whole tower and says they don't sell that piece alone. Does anyone know if there's any source for this part? Do I really have to hunt this down at a junkyard? I can't be the first to experience this!

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Yes you will either need to find this at a junkyard or buy the whole shifter assembly brand new from Ford. I had some broken bushings in mine when I bought it and tried to find that part but Ford told me they only sell that whole assembly. So I bought it for around $110 and it was well worth the money just because for me it had about 90k miles when I bought it so putting the new one in made is so much smoother and easier (and fun) to shift. Check your bushings and all the others parts of the assembly to see how they are worn, if they look ok then I'd try to find the cup at a junkyard or just go ahead and get the new assembly.

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Old 09-16-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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buying just the "cup" is going to be near impossible, the entire shifter tower is gonna be the easiest quickest way to get it done.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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When I bought the shifter cup a few years ago the part number was 87ZZ-7335-AA. Sold for about nine dollars. Call Steve at tousley ford/autonation he can find anything. That's where picked mine up.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for your very helpful replies. I went ahead and bought the new shift assembly, as finding that cup by itself was indeed next-to-impossible. I was able to get the assembly, with a brushed aluminum shift knob for about $120 at my local dealership. I didn't see the reply with the part number until after the purchase, but hopefully that part number will help the next person with the problem. Thanks again for the help- it's great to know there are people willing to help other people just because they can. Ill see if I can pay it forward.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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sorry for the late response on this issue as I have been out of the country for a year. I still own my ZX3 and have had the same issue.. Just to let you know, the person driving the car should buy an extra shifter assembly, I know they run for $100-$140 depends on the dealer selling, but I personally have been through 4 different shift tower assemblies, and because ford continues to make the shift tower assemblies in PLASTIC they will continue to falter.. I have looked around for either aluminum or metal based shift tower assemblies and found that FORD makes them for the SVT model, however if you do decide to get an SVT shifter assembly you will need to make minor changes on the tower assembly to fit to an MTX75 trans found in most Manual ZX3 models.. I don't know if this will help just giving my opinion..
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