firechicken Posted July 12, 2012 Share Posted July 12, 2012 hi everyone, glad to be on the forum. this is my first post but i have been using this forum for help since i got my car a couple months ago. I bought my 98 legacy gt 2.5 auto for $200 from a friend of mine after he cracked up the bumpers and fenders up on a wire guardrail. I did a little body work and have been using it as my daily for the last month or so. I love the car but the transmission is making me crazy. so a little info about the problem. for starters, the previous owner beat the absolute hell out of the car after he wrecked it just for shits and gigs. it has just shy of 200k and it is all stock and has probably never had the tranny fluid changed. CEL is on due to bad O2 sensor but the motor seems to run strong. The problem is the transmission doesn't shift like it should when warm, i would describe the way its acting as sluggish, i have to floor it to get it to downshift, if i dont it will try to climb a hill at 2k rpms at 18mph lol. It has more trouble downshifting than upshifting. at cruising speed it shifts often between the high gears like it doesn't know what gear to be in. the kicker is the problem is only bad when the car warms up, when its cold it shifts pretty good, it still has the hard 1-2 shift like any high miles legacy but it is totally drivable. when it warms up driving it is an art. I have been too scared to mess with it because it is my only transportation besides my motorcycle. I figure my only option is to flush the tranny lines and replace the filter and fluid but im not optimistic. anyone know why it would be worse when warm? does anyone have a particular fluid and/or additive that they have had good results with? thanks so much in advance for any help Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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