Re: Signs of a bad auto?
Check for fluid leaks. Listen for any noises (it shouldn't make any). Turn the radio off and listen and "feel" the shifts. Shifts should be crisp, and should occur when the motor is getting to higher rpms and it "sounds like it should shift." Check for stack shifting. When accelerating from a standstill, if the tranny shifts from first to second to third really quickly, that's bad (i.e. you're in third at 13 mph or something). Get on it once or twice, and feel the shifts. The shift points should be delayed, but the shifts themselves should not. You'll feel worn clutch packs in a shift when the tranny shifts, but it feels like it hesitates before grabbing. Oh, and check the fluid for coloration.