focus transmission issues?

hi I might be interested in getting a focus probably zx3 sometime in a year or so. I would like to get a 2.3L PZEV and automatic if i can. I can drive
stick but it really is annoying when i wnat to drink coffee or whatever. ANyways, my question is this: How reliable is the auto trans on the focus?
my dad used to have 2 taurauses(eighty something and a '91) which both had the transmission go bad at about 100,000 miles and 4-5yrs. everything was fixed under warranty but then on the 91 the trans blew at 105k again. I know that thes taurauses had problems but i am wondering how good the transmission is on the focus, especially those people with 01s or 02s and high mileage thanks.
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Oh yeah, that brings back fond memories!
I had a '91 Taurus, and, sure enough, its transmission went at about 140,000 kms. That certainly wasn't a cheap repair. $2,300 - WTF!! It seems those trannies had an aluminium piston, deep inside, which was prone to failure. I would certainly hope there's no similar component in any other ford transmissions!
Rob
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Hi. I have a 2001 Focus with 73,000 miles on it. It's a Wagon, US-built (Wayne, Michigan). I drive it harder than most people, often shifting it myself.
I've had the trans fluid changed twice. Anyway, no problems so far. Sometimes I think the converter is starting to grab a bit more suddenly when starting than it used to. But she is still fine for going from point A to point B.
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