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89 Ford Probe issue

Hello, I just bought this car at a very low price. It looks great, and has gotten me around pretty easily for the past few days, but I've noticed a few things I'd like to identify and fix before they become major problems. This car is an automatic.
When the car is idling in park, the engine runs smooth and has no problems. When in drive (regular or overdrive), the engine runs louder, and kind of kicks a little bit. Coughs, I guess. There's no stalling when I drive, it's just sputters a bit and runs louder. It seems to drive best in regular drive with the manual option on.
When going from one gear to another, especially 1st to 2nd, it kicks harder. Unless I let off the gas for a moment to allow it switch over, it will continue to kick and ****. After it switches over it runs ok again.
I'm concerned about it because it feels similar to a problem I had with a salvaged Hyundai a few years ago. I didn't go to get it fixed or looked at, and it just died 4 months down the road. I sold it for parts, but I'd really like to keep THIS car. I just got a new job, and need to commute. I don't know where to go to get the car evaluated and fixed for a reasonable price.

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Most of the time when it spits like that its is the o2 sensor and or spark plugs are not gaped right i would start by cheching ur owners manual and seeing what the gaping of the spark plugs are and check it. if they are not the problem then get to a shop and get the dinostics test done.

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