I purchased this car in 2005 with 5K miles. As of 08/2011 it has 65K miles. What this means is over the past 6 years, I have put 60K in miles on it, and it’s a 9 year old car with very low miles.
Since I’ve owned it the following has been replaced:
However, as of the past month I’ve experienced the following problems:
At a complete stop, the car sputters as if it’s going to die, but it calms down and doesn’t die. This problem is relieved when I put the car in neutral and pump the gas, then the sputtering would stop. I’d then put it in drive and it’d be fine.
Sporadically, when I’m at a complete stop, I’d push on the gas and nothing happens. The car doesn’t accelerate. The RPM doesn’t go up. I’d release the gas, pump it again, and then it goes.
At a complete stop, I’d accelerate on the gas and the RPM goes way up and stays up and there’s a delay when the engine should shift into the next gear. This problem is relieved when I don’t floor the gas, apply gas, then release, then apply gas again. As if I’m manually shifting my gears by releasing the gas.
Transmission is automatic with sport shifter. I’m not sure if I messed up the tranny when I’d shift the gears while driving and forget. In the past I’ve managed to come to a complete stop on 4th / 3rd / 2nd gear, then realize what I’ve done and shift back to automatic.
Anyway, the questions are: Are these problems related to transmission? Do I just have a lemon? Should I just get rid of it and look into getting a different car (read: car payment)? Or should I get it fixed and keep it considering how much I’ve already invested in it and own it outright?
:: addendum :: The tranny shop told me there’s nothing wrong with the transmission, rather a problem with the exhaust system. Taking to a different mechanic to get it checked out today.
They’ve also informed me that the transmission is MB (apparently MB’s transmission are numbered, so the number on the tranny verifies that it’s MB’s and not OEM) so I’m not sure if the transmission was ever replaced or just fixed. The person who did the work is no longer around so I’m in the dark as to what was fixed.