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I don't mean to opine, but if you go to a transmission shop you generally get sold a transmission. You can have as many as you like from LQK for around $600, with way under 50k on it. Any shop that works on...cars...can put one in, it's no different than any other FWD vehicle. The 62TE in the gas van has been in production since around 2003? The first years were a nightmare, but I was eyeballing my buddy's 2010 minivan and it sure looks like the exact same transmission to me.
How long will it last? That's a tough one. My PMs have 261k and 230k. We drive almost all highway but often heavily loaded. I service (fluid and filter) both every 100k. Do NOT "flush" a transmission ever ever ever. Zero trans trouble on either van. Zero.
Regardless, it's all moot. You aren't going to preventatively replace a transmission. You are going to drive it until it gives trouble and then you'll replace it. So I guess I'm saying, don't worry about it.
A growing fleet, you may call me Admiral: 2014 3500 159"extended gas, and a 2014 2500 136" gas