Thanks for the replies. It made the first 500 miles today with no problem. Fortunately, I have a good third party service contract, so I'll get whatever the problem is repaired for a little over $100. If it's the tranny I'm hoping I can parlay getting the pan/filter and fluid covered, too.
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