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If my car sits for over 5 hours it takes the transmission a while befor it will engage after that it works good?

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The symptom can be typical of degraded transmission oil which does not behave correctly when cold. Change the transmission oil and if there's a transmission oil filter then replace that as well. If you live in an especially cold or an especially hot climate, then you may require a different grade of transmission oil. Your nearest Pontiac servicing agent can advise you which grade suits local conditions.

Also give serious consideration to a full service on the rest of the vehicle if it hasn't been done in the last year/10000 miles.

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