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    This is the transmission in my car....is that good?

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    anything is good if you take care of it.

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    u might wanna put this in the drivetrain section under automatic transmissions.

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    well jee....every other automatic transmission in a fbod just happens to be a 4l60e so im gonna take a wild guess and say its a good transmission? you know there are other forums on this website other than anything goes...last i knew there was a specific drivetrain forum for these kind of questions...i may be mistaken though

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    ok, im trying not to laugh. but this isnt helping...^

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    Sorry guys, I thought ya'll knew everything and this would be my best bet for an accurate answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveCZ28 View Post
    well jee....every other automatic transmission in a fbod just happens to be a 4l60e so im gonna take a wild guess and say its a good transmission? you know there are other forums on this website other than anything goes...last i knew there was a specific drivetrain forum for these kind of questions...i may be mistaken though
    hey..lets not be a dick...and some people will argue that the 4l60e is not a "good" transmission for the f-bod ..since it needs a good amount of internal work to make it handle power/torque

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwdjv View Post
    Sorry guys, I thought ya'll knew everything and this would be my best bet for an accurate answer!
    to what "is that good"??? i dont know what to say to that.

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    People who are looking at buying my car have asked what transmission is in it. I had to call GM to find out. I didn't know if that would hurt or help the value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    hey..lets not be a dick...and some people will argue that the 4l60e is not a "good" transmission for the f-bod ..since it needs a good amount of internal work to make it handle power/torque

    Of course the 4L60e is very debatable on how tough it really is. I paid $3k to make it as stout as possible and no issues so far. I don't race it all the time nor have the line pressure's set high.

    The TH400 and 4L80e are stronger transmissions but they have a few headaches of their own. But then again any transmission will have some temperament, nothings perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwdjv View Post
    This is the transmission in my car....is that good?
    the 4l60e stands for 4 speed- longitudinal- 6,000 gross weight (of the vehicle) - E for electronically controlled.

    the 4l60e is a good transmission with the proper maintenance.. it is increadabiliy picky on fuild amounts..just a smig to high or low will really wreak havoc on your transmission. the 4l60e has been replaced by the 6l60e which is in the corvettes etc. both are good transmissions..but when modding..a heavy look needs to be had at the transmission..a build up of the transmission is always a good idea. The 4l60e is prone to overheating and causing damage due to poor clearances for proper fluid flow. for a everyday DD with little to no mods a 4l60e is perfect and pretty trouble free..just make sure to not manually shift the transmission.

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    2 transmissions in these cars that had the v8...t-56 (6 speed) and 4l60e (automatic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwdjv View Post
    People who are looking at buying my car have asked what transmission is in it. I had to call GM to find out. I didn't know if that would hurt or help the value.
    Overall it's a really good transmission for a stock fbody. Just when you start pumping 600+ rear wheel horsepower into it....then it's getting questionable. But hey, that's alot of hp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntimid8r View Post
    Overall it's a really good transmission for a stock fbody. Just when you start pumping 600+ rear wheel horsepower into it....then it's getting questionable. But hey, that's alot of hp.
    right on, my car is as stock as can be and never had problems yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwdjv View Post
    People who are looking at buying my car have asked what transmission is in it. I had to call GM to find out. I didn't know if that would hurt or help the value.
    there were only 2 transmissions available with the 98-02 f-bodies..the 4l60e (also called A4) and the t-56(m6). 1 automatic and the other manual

    in general with any performance car..manuals will command a higher resale value.

    there are a set of rpo codes on your driver side door..they are 3 digit codes...you can look them up on line and it will tell you every option that was selected for the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveCZ28 View Post
    2 transmissions in these cars that had the v8...t-56 (6 speed) and 4l60e (automatic)
    you beat me

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    The 4L60-E is an automatic shift, four-speed overdrive, longitudinally positioned transmission. It is now considered to be the best rendition of the finest overdrive automatic transmission ever produced.

    http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/4l60e.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntimid8r View Post
    Overall it's a really good transmission for a stock fbody. Just when you start pumping 600+ rear wheel horsepower into it....then it's getting questionable. But hey, that's alot of hp.
    i know the big problem is the trans fluid clearances between parts..it can lead to heat related failures.that and the bands and input shaft... that is why when the time comes.. i will be sending my trans to FLT to do the stage 2..maybe 3 for mine.

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