First thing, put your year and model in your signature. It'll help alot in future posts.
Second, Welcome to the Bonneville Club!
Third, at idle, you're in a manifold 'vacuum' situation just like a NA car. Should be near -10 (unless you're canadian, then it'* a huge number)
Under average load, climbing a small hill, it should go about midrange to 0. Your car should be capable of reaching 8-9 psi at WOT under load. If it isn't, it'* USUALLY either a ristricted intake (dirty filter or MAF screen), bad Boost Solonoid (bypass or wastegate....a $30 part), or belt slip in rare cases.
Another question i have is both the "perform ride" and "touring ride" lights are on at the same time. Is this normal?
I believe this is a fault condition. There should be an article in Techinfo for troubleshooting electronic struts.
For your transmission/OD problem, I'd try a trans flush/filter change...a full FLUSH. Unless you know how long the fluid has been there. Getting a scantool on your car to check TC slip and engage/disengage would be cool. Do you have access to one?