Originally Posted by SubtleIceCream
Bit of a car noob so bear with me. First of all I have a 2008 6i, 2.3L. 3rd gear I noticed is not as powerful as it usually is. It feels sorta like if I were in 5th gear but only going like 25mph. I thought it may be a fluid issue so I did a transmission fluid and filter change today, but the problem persists (although shift shock is a thing of the past.) So I turn to my own thread instead of searching through ones that kinda match but not really. I can probably provide any information you might need, thanks in advance to anyone who even thinks about my issue.
P.s. no codes except the stat is stuck open. That's for a different day.
Have you replaced your trans fluid?
Drain and refill 3x seems to be a good way to go.
Use only recommended fluid, do it warm and cycle the gears before each drain.
3rd gear gets a lot of work and I suppose It would wear out before the rest but I'm no transmission expert.
I would gamble the $120 in the hopes of saving the transmission.
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2004 6s Wagon 3.0, 5-speed ATX