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I bought a 2002 grand am about a month ago and i am having problems. when my car has to shift gears it takes a long time to shift. i will be going down the highway and i am stuck on 50 and it won't shift. then finally when it does it like takes off. i am wondering if anyone can help me out on what this might be.

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Check the transmission fluid level, per your owners manual. (Some transmission fluid levels need to be checked cold, some hot with the engine running and some hot with the engine off) Most hot with engine running.
If your level is good, and the fluid looks reddish or maroon, bring it to a trusted local mechanic. He/she will be able to determine if you have a blown transmission or if bad solenoid(s) are to blame for your poor shifting. Transmission solenoids cannot be checked by the average person in their driveway.
Dark brown or black transmission fluid means the transmission was not serviced properly and the fluid "cooked" and a fatal internal failure has occured, or vice versa.

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