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Old 12-03-1999, 10:34 AM   #1
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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: University City, MO 63130
Question rough 1st to 2nd shift on '96 GT w/ auto trans

My 1996 Legacy GT sedan has an automatic transmission (the only transmission availiable on that model year) and an annoying habit. The upshift from 1st to 2nd sometimes comes with a jerk. The jerk kind of feels like the downshift you get when you floor it on the highway in an automatic transmission car. It doesn't matter how gently or agressively I am accelerating. I thought the jerk might go away after the transmission "broke in" but the problem has persisted to the current mileage of 51,000. The jerk *may* occur more often when the tranny is cold.

I know I'm not the only person with this problem; in fact, the Car Talk guys mentioned in their web site review of this model that this car had the roughest 1st to 2nd shift they'd ever seen. Of course I didn't see anything about it in other reviews and I don't think the problem occurs in any other model years due to the transmission tweaks in '97. I haven't been able to find any service bulletins that cover it and the dealer I took the car to said he couldn't find a problem.

Can anyone suggest a method to fix this? Please post here and/or email me at: [email protected]
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