I have an 02 DGC with 187K miles. 3.8L There has never been any work done on engine or trans. We do regular oil changes and I just had a complete scheduled maintenance overhaul done about a year ago, including the trans. And as a matter of full disclosure, my wife and I are prob not considered “easy” drivers.
A few weeks ago, when I put the van in D, it won’t engage. No problem with R, just D. After a few minutes it engages and off I go. If I warm the car up first, this does not happen either. And it won’t happen the rest of the day. The only other “funny” thing it is doing is, when I slow down, there is a definite movement or catch as it shifts down around 20-30mph. It feels as though the gears are having trouble downshifting.
I took it to a mechanic and he said the life span on this trans is about 180K and so I need a new one for $1400+. Does that sound correct?
Also, what is the general consensus on at what point you no longer continue pouring money into an older car and get one with half the age and mileage.
Thanks for any help anyone can give to the mechanically un-inclined.