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

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.

by in Englewood, FL on May 24, 2013
1 answer 3 comments
ANSWER by on May 25, 2013
take it to a tranny shop and have them diag it
COMMENT by on May 25, 2013
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.
COMMENT by on May 27, 2013
you could also try an auto wrecker
COMMENT by on May 27, 2013
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?