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2001 Dodge Neon trans stays in first gear

transmission staying in first gear

Probably not the best situation. Did you have a question? And a LOT more info about the car… mileage and type of transmission for starters.

I’ll guess that the torque converter clutch is coming apart and debris has plugged the governor. I suspect that an 18 year old car has enough miles on it to experience a transmission failure.