What can fix this transmission problem? on 1996 Cadillac DeVille

I just got a car that has transmission problems with 135k on the car. If you put into (D) Drive, the transmission will quit engaging at around 45 mph. If I shift to gear position 3,2,1 the transmission seems to function normally. I have been told that the transmission needs to be replaced, but I am skeptical. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

by in Roseburg, OR on December 05, 2012
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3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , December 05, 2012
seek diagnostic at Aamco transmission
COMMENT by , December 05, 2012
Not the answer I am looking for...Thanks!
COMMENT by , December 06, 2012
Why pity? Your transmission is not engaging at higher speeds, if your fluid level is o.k....your transmission is bad.
ANSWER by , December 21, 2013
Check for trouble codes.If you have PO717 code (input speed sensor)you will not get you'r 4th gear.You do not have to pull the trans. Lower the engine/trans. cradle just far enough to get the side pan off through the left front wheel well.after removing the pan you will see the sensor /wires when replacing it you should get the distance specs between the contacts.Any way its a lot less expensive then removing the engine and tranny. Good Luck JRHardy
ANSWER by , August 09, 2015
on 1996 cadillac sedan deville po717 I had over fill the transaxle so I remove some of the fluid and it started to shift into high gear.