Erratic Shifting of the Automatic Transmission on Oldsmobile Intrigue

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The transmission pressure control solenoid may fail causing erratic shifting. Our technicians tell us that partial dis-assembly of the transmission is necessary to replace a failed pressure control solenoid.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 108,354 (35,000–200,000)
Drive Train affected: 2WD
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
32 people reported this problem
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Erratic shifting into 2nd gear particularly when first taking off after overnight, or after work. Once it has shifted seems to work ok for the rest of the trip. Progressively getting worse.
Sometimes It Is Just Fine , Others At Random Times It Will Make A Wineing Noise Then Start Hitting Gears Real Hard , I Stoped TO Check The Fluid To Find It Is Full Of Bubbles Reading High On The Stick, Leave It Sit For 30 Or So Min. And It Works Great Again , Don't Trust To Go Far With It , But This Happens Over A Period Of 1 Year About 7 Or 8 Times . Is It Getting Air In THe Fluid? Roger
Does not do the long hard shifts when cold, only when warm. The problem started after my mom moved back to NJ from FL. I drove the car hundreds of highway miles in Florida, no problems. I got the car recently and the long hard shifting started occurring. I drove the car a lot during 2012, as my mom was sick. I drove both highway and local streets. Didn't have the problem until I started driving the car and noticed the problem mostly happens on hard left/right shifts. My transmission guy (Lee Myles owner, 30+ years) thinks that the accumulator should be closed off and that may solve it.
The transmission shifts hard sometimes not shifting on time and now they're has begun a little leak from the transmission
No solution yet. mechanic said I need a new serpentine belt. My Intrigue has a terrible problem when shifting....It has a high whiny sound until it gets to 35mph, the tach gets up to 4000rpm, it shifts finally and then whines again as I accelerate to 65 or 70( highway speed). It also seems to have a slow start when the engine is warm. I replaced the battery last week and have tried to monitor the fluid level in the radiator. This problem sounds like a good place for the mechanics to start.
Hard shifting,not all the time.I've had the car sence it was new and it could go for two or three months before it did it again.
Living with it. The vehicle now has 91,000 miles and is almost 13 model years old. The cost to repair the pressure solenoid is half the trade-in value of the car. It's still in great shape but has or had many of the problems other Intrigue owners have experienced: leaking chrome wheels, loose middle steering input shaft, leaking high pressure power steering hose, intermittent ignition switch failure, crankshaft position sensor failure, power window issues, leaking trunk seal, etc. Fortunately am skilled enough to remedy many of these issues myself (with thanks to folks posting how-to's on the internet). But transmission issues need professional repair.
Intermittent problem that began at 35,000 miles. Car has 155,000 miles on it now. Not worth fixing because it happens only when it's warm outside and only once in a while. Workaround is to shut the car off for about two minutes, then start it up and continue driving.