A weak battery or low battery voltage can cause the transmission to enter into fail safe mode. This will cause a loss of power because the transmission will be locked in third gear.
Average mileage: 135,500 (95,000–176,000)
7 people reported this problem
My car started sticking in 3rd gear when I would start it cold or hot and the O/D light would flash, I also noticed that it was sluggish to turn over when starting which indicated a bad battery. Fortunately I read on this site that others had a similar problem and fixed it when the battery was replaced, I replaced my battery and the problem stopped. Thank you for posting this information and saving me time and money.