One day on an on-ramp to the freeway there was a loud clunk and it locked up solid. I had to put it in neutral and push it off to the side. Got lucky there was no one behind me.

One of my neighbors was a mechanic and had the same car. Same year, different trim level, same engine and transmission. I told him what had happened and he asked, "Is it about 70k miles?"


"Yeah, that's about all they last. You need a new tranny. And if you're over 70 it's out of warranty."

Well fabulous.