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Is the check engine light coming on?
How does the transmission fluid look?
no check engine light, the transmission fluid level should be ok, too. i bought this car used about 2 months ago and didn't notice any problems. when I purchased it I asked them (based on an independent mechanic review) to change the spark plugs. they ordered the parts and asked me to come back once they were in, and this appointment happened a couple of weeks after the purchase. it MAY have been after this "service" that I first noticed the issue - only happened once. then, in driving it hard last weekend, about 2 or 3 weeks later, on a long road trip, it really started acting up. i had the oil changed this week and they checked all the fluids. the day after it was acting up again. if the problem is linked at all to the transmission fluid, maybe it's that the wrong fluid was used? it's unlikely that there is a leak that is causing the problem, because, like I said, it has been checked twice in the last month - both by the dealer and the oil change place.
I did buy an extended warranty for the powertrain only. Do you know if this is the problem if this is something typically covered (I realize that this may be outside the scope but figured I'd ask). Also, any idea why it would have worked fine for a month and then started doing this? Is there any link in your view to my sister driving 80 mph for about 5 hours and it acting up especially badly? Ha ha. Thank you.