99 Taurus Trans and body question

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Hey folks, wondering if someone could clear this up for me.

My car (99 Taurus SE wagon, 3.0L Vulcan) has a transmission that's confusing me. I know that the tranny Ford puts in these cars is the AX4N, which is a 4-speed. On the bottom of my engine is stamped "AXOD". The car appears to shift through 5 gears, very clearly, at consistent RPM's. If anyone could help me understand what's going on there I'd be grateful.

Secondly, does anyone know if the body work (front and rear bumper, fenders, headlights, hood) from a newer car (03-05) are compatible with a 99, and if not, how much work is required to fit them? My car was backed into and the front left corner needs replacing, and I like the look of the newer cars.

Thanks bunch!

posted by  crazy_pilot

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