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Hello Everyone,

Im proud to say that I am the owner of a 96' ES 300. I just bought it last week!!

I love the car so far, looks great, feels great, drives great!!

There is one thing that I am a bit worried about...

When Im driving and the car shifts gears, I can feel a little kick in the shift. It is most noticeable when it shifts from 2nd to 3rd gears.

I figured this is a common factor with automatics, especially one with 120xxx miles on it. But I just wanted to double check.

What do you guys think it may be ?


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Last summer (I think it was last summer), as my 97 ES300 was passing 120K miles, I also could feel a little 'bump' when the car shifted from 1st to 2nd (about 15MPH). Nothing too major, just a minor inconvenience. I took it to a local mechanic and got a flush (yes, flush) done. Problem completely solved.

Now I know there are lots of people out there who'll complain "Don't FLUSH your tranny, you'll ruin it! The old fluid is 'holding it together!" Well, you know what, I flushed mine and it 100% solved my minor problem. My only regret is not doing it myself and using the precise, Toyota-approved tranny fluid. Maybe next 120K :-)

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