Join Date: Jan 2013
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Transmission...a rare puzzler
My 98 OBW had similar symptoms: dropping out of gear, working intermittently, seeming totally inoperable at times. After spending hundreds on futile diagnostics, finally found the problem: the connector for the sensor wiring harness. On this car, all the sensors are wired through one $700 harness with one connector, located behind and below the intake air cleaner. In this instance, the rpm sensor contact was causing bad input to the computer. The solution by my mechanic was cleaning, which solved the problem for several months. When it happened again, I knew what to do without spending another $500. I went to Radio Shack and got contact cleaner/lube/sealer and worked the connector repeatedly. It has now been five years with no return of the trouble.
I hope this info will save others needless headaches and expense.