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Old 02-07-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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Question about 5 speed. Mk3

I've been looking at many threads on here that have issued a warning about the reliability and performance of the transmission in their Mk3 automatics. Am I right to assume that the manual 5 speeds do not inherit any of these problems? I am going off to college soon and do not want to have to worry about any transmission problems. My car just hit 19,000 miles and there haven't been any problems yet.


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Old 02-07-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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The 5-speed is rock solid. It's tried and true. Driven normally, it should last over 100,000 miles. Driven like a race car or a novice to a manual transmission repeatedly, then likely less.

If you want to know more, research MTX-75 both here and/or on Google (or the like).
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Thanks for the info! That's great to here. I'm so glad I decided to learn how to drive stick.
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should easily last 2-300000 if driven normaly and maintained. Replacing the clutch, etc.
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I've been looking at many threads on here that have issued a warning about the reliability and performance of the transmission in their Mk3 automatics. Am I right to assume that the manual 5 speeds do not inherit any of these problems? I am going off to college soon and do not want to have to worry about any transmission problems. My car just hit 19,000 miles and there haven't been any problems yet.
It also depends on how early the Mk.3 with the automatic tranny was built. The first year, 2012, is the worst one as far as auto-tranny reliability and performance is concerned (based on what I've read). The later ones are less error-prone. Ford has been tweaking them to make them better and more reliable, that's for sure. I had no qualms about buying the 2014 Focus with the PowerShift automatic.

Having said that -- automatic trannys are *never* as reliable as manual ones. There are more moving parts in an automatic, hence more things to go wrong. Worst thing you're ever going to have go wrong in a manual is the clutch and/or synchros. And when those things do go wrong, it usually happens after 100K miles, and is lots cheaper to fix than an automatic tranny. So if your primary concern is long-term reliability, the manual is usually going to be your best choice, even if the automatic-tranny option was never plagued with problems.
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The MTX-75 manual transmission is a very good transmission.
With that, the only real problem with the MTX-75 can be if you race around a LOT, and downshift it FAST at high revs.. Generally that will wear out your synchros.. especially second and third gear.
So if you are not racing the car and downshifting into second and third (hard and fast) at 4,000rpm 5,000rpm all the time.. Then you will be fine.

Thi is serious racing around. NOT normal driving. So if you are not racing, you really have no worries.

And if you want to REALLY play it safe. Shift a little slower from one gear to the next.
A 'deliberate shift' is what i call it... instead of as fast as possible.
Adding in an extras tenth of a second longer into the shift time (particularly downshifting) will keep your synchros happy for life.
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The MTX-75 has been around for ~20 years, there is a good reason why they keep using it
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Could not say it better sky pilot. It was first available in the Contour/Mondeo. I think the only issue is an audible one: gear lash, but no affect on reliability. Kina primitive in my opinion, but it a Ford, not a Lexus. Just turn up the volume
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The MTX-75 is a great trans. The only weak point is the factory diff. For any serious duty a Torsen is a must.

Was fine till till Stage-3 cams were installed. MTX death occurred after torque exceeded what the stock diff could handle.



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5spd MT is solid like a rock, you should be worry about your clutch if you race your car
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