So I just got my second Lude - 1998 Base, Auto (cringe!). I know right off the bat, 20 or so people will tell me 2 do a 5 speed swap. Maybe later. As for now, I will be very specific about my issues to see if she is going to fail soon. Generally, she shifts pretty well. The only wierd stuff is when shes cold, it takes a little longer to shift from 1st to 2nd. (About 2 sec.). Once I'm driving for a while it works perfectly, especially when i drive hard. What she hates is parking lot driving (Going back and forth between 1st & 2nd). I use manual shift for that and its better. Seems like it shifts sluggish when I drive too slow and works great when I punch it.