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Automatic Transmission shifts to neutral when stopping

Problem only involves the normal drive mode (the one closest to neutral). I have to actually shift the car into neutral then back to drive to get it moving again. But, this procedure only works if I'm fully stopped. If I'm even slightly moving, it's a **** shoot as to whether it will engage or not. I do notice that it doesn't do it as often after the car is driven for a while and gets the engine to temp. The transmission fluid level is dead on. I sure hope it's something simple.

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Junk it or get a new transmission

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