We have a 95 Ford Taurus with a V6 and an automatic transmission that just recently started having some problems. It all of a sudden began having difficulties sitting at idle and accelerating from a stop. It feels like when you’re driving a manual and you don’t give it quite enough gas. It has no problems shifting from first to second or into any other gears. Reverse is fine, and if you put it in neutral while stopped it does fine as well. We checked everything out, the only abnormality is that the transmission fluid is burnt. I’ve been told by a local mechanic that they can’t flush the transmission due to high mileage (~176k) and that it would do us no good to change the fluid.
My questions are:
- Is this likely to be something related to the transmission fluid?
- Would it do us any good to change the fluid?
- What options do we have for fixing it?