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Unable to accelerate in drive first gear means the forward clutch is slipping from clutch plate wear or faulty piston seals. You mentioned the fluid was filthy. Dirty fluid is a sign the transaxle fluid is not serviced regularly or the fluid has gotten to hot from slippage or the trans oil is contaminated with friction material from the clutch plates and bands worn. Let me know the extent of your trans repair ability so I can help you through this repair.
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