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96 sunfire SE automatic transmission problems

When my car is in drive it will move 3meters then lock up and the car revs as if it were in park.......when its in reverse it does the same........when i put it into N it wont allow me to push the car the car locks up trany fluid is fine no smell,discolour and it is clean and regular, although the fluid is way too high i hopeing for a cheap soultion on getting the procedure delt with any suggestions? or what possibly could be the problem that the car is doing such things?......... just so i can i figure out how much all this will cost would really be helpfull if i figure out if it is even worth spending all the money i know im gonna end up spending id like to know just in case i should just scrap the car and buy a new one;)

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Well guys there asking $1113.00 to fix the transmission it was the planetary gear that was broken so what im doing with it is tryn to sell it to the tow truck guy lol he wants it for a derby and offered me $500 i think thats whats happening to her thanks for all ur help u guys where great

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