I tried wading through the FAQ and other user posts so I'm sorry if this has already been resolved, but I just can't seem to process all the scary information that's going on.
Problem: on cold starts overnight (more frequently lately) my car needs to "warm up" for 3 - 10 minutes before it decides to shift gears. Using Tiptronics It will say it is in 2nd or 3rd gear when It's really stuck in 1st or 2nd. Sometimes it will even pretend its going to work but then "slip" back into the lower gear at around 6K rpm and I have to pull over and wait a little longer.
I need this car for my commute and don't have access to a lift or equipment so I'm not sure I could do the work myself, but maybe if I can guide a shop towards the problem this might be cheaper for me? As it is, no shop is willing to trouble-shoot, saying "the oil is burnt so your only option will be a remanufactured transmission, $4.5K" (Ouch)
This leads me to my next question. I bought the car at 80K miles and doubt prior owners did any real maintenance. And I had no idea about changing fluids, so lets pretend that the original fluid is still in the tranny at 115K miles. Is it "safe" to drain and replace the fluid? I've read conflicting information on that also, some saying it might ruin the thing, others saying you're only in danger after a powerflush.
Anyone care to help me out?\
PS it finally threw a trouble code: p0732 ratio Errors 2nd gear
another side note. Can this engine be converted to manual? I'd really MUCH rather not but if it's worth it then......