As I suspected, it sounds like something that will require major transmission work or a replacement. What I'm wondering though is if it will get worse over time, or if it's just something that will maintain for awhile. I'd rather drive the car for a couple years and then get it fixed, IF it doesn't get any worse. That way I can get a new tranny/new parts and probably a new clutch put in after I've gotten some good use out of the current pieces. That make sense to anyone, or does that sound like a bad idea? Of course, if the problem gets notably worse I'd take it in asap. . .