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2004 Nissan Maxima Intermittent Transmission Problem?

My 04 Maxima has 100k miles on it. We had stopped on the side of a road (at a produce stand) and when we started off, it started off in 5th gear and would not change out of it. We stopped, turned the engine off and waited about 10 seconds or so, restarted the car and it was fine. After that first time, we drove it approximately 100 miles (partly in town) with no problem. However, now, while driving down the road it may suddenly lock in 5th gear and we will have to stop, turn the engine off, wait a few seconds and then try driving again. Sometimes it will be OK but then with no warning, it will happen again. It does no good to put it in a manual downshift. The service engine light came on after that first 100 miles and does not go out. Any idea of what is going on?
Thanks for any help! David Livingston

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I don't know exactly how the nissans work with their "limp" mode for what gear it goes into and such. This sounds like the computer is sensing a problem and going into the "limp" mode. Go get the code pulled to see what is says. If it has anything saying trans slipping or ratio problem then something internal in the the trans is wrong. Also, check the trans fluid and see if its burnt ( dark brown or black).

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