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Will only start in 2nd ,reverse in 1st drive past 1st left will not change gear

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Hi, Sounds like a transmission problem. Have it checked out by a qualified mechanic. Could also be a electrical fault. Most transmissions are or have electric parts and sensors to keep it running. (computer controlled) Good luck.

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