I've done a search on transmission issues and wanted to get a bit more input before the car goes into the dealer for its 60K service this week, since it sounds expensive if they have to go into the transmission.
59K miles on 2003 SSEI. I'm second owner.
In drive, sitting at stoplight, when I give it gas, there will be a moment'* hesitation and then a loud CLUNK and shudder, then car moves. Feels like it slips momentarily then falls into gear.
No slipping that I can tell at any other speeds. Downshift is occasionally not-so-silky but not alarming. Problem only seems to show up at a stop, when I first hit the gas.
Does not happen every time...but is now happening more frequently...daily now it'll happen at least once every trip I make.
Slight "burnt oil" smell coming from engine compartment but no obvious leaks...just in case this matters. Car has been well-maintained as best I can tell.
bonus question...$500 for a 60K service at a dealership about right? What the heck do they do?