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Q: I lost first gear and reverse. The car drives fine in other gears. on 1998 Ford Windstar

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You start out in second gear and manually shift into the drive gear. The car downshifts fine at a stop. No reverse unless you park on a hill. I was told that this can be repaired and does not have to be replaced. Please explain what repair is involved. I don't feel like being ripped off. I will pay the right mechanic well for his service.
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Thank you for taking the time to reply. I wanted an mechanic to tell me what repair can be done. The transmission shop said replace. replace, replace. Of course a brand new or rebuilt transmission would be the best fix. So would be buying new car.
Yup. That is next. I would get more by the tow that what I still owe on the van. Thanks for your help. I would never have thought about that before I got other replies. There is one mechanic that says he has the fix. What should I do?