I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla LE wit h 137,000+ miles. I bought the car in 2006 with 7,000 miles on it. I have never driven hard or poorly and have ALWAYS kept up with oil changes, BUT I made the mistake of overlooking transmission fluid changes (ATF). At this point i know NOT to flush and replace the ATF bc it can be dangerous at this point, so I’m just going to leave it. I’ve never really ever taken the car on long trips, but recently started dating long distance and want to do a 300 mile trip from Long Island to upstate NY, and 300 miles back like a week after. My car has the check engine light and has for years, and the reason I get from my mechanic is that they think it’s the transmission clutch solenoid, bc that’s the code they get for the readout. There was ONE instance where my ABS went off like a month ago while driving slowly and the brakes wouldn’t immediately react for like a second. My mechanic says despite the solenoid perhaps needing replacement, the car has no mechancial problems. Brakes and rotors not even a year old yet. Air filter new. Oil just changed. Car runs very well. Smooth idle.
I have been taking a train upstate a few times already but want to save on money since the train is $130/trip. I can make that trip in 2 $28 tankfuls. So I have not gone bc I’m worried about the transmission. But should I be? Should I take the chance and do the trip? Thanks