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What would be causing my car to not get up and go at all from taking off?

(1994 Buick LeSabre)
in Calhan, CO on November 01, 2011
I push on the gas petal and i swear i could push the car faster then it goes and in a 1/4 mile it would normally get up to 60 less then halfway through a 1/4 mile and now i am lucky to 45 now in a 1/4 mile. (The 1/4 mile is from my diveway to the stop sign at the end of my road.) Then one day went to auto zone to get a cooling fan relay (Just the high fan) put the new one in and that is when it started not getting up and going) But once you get up to speed, well basically once your in 3rd gear or higher, no poblems, i can step on the gas and it gets up and goes like it should runs beautiful, but come to a stop and it take for ever to get up to speed. Before it had overheating issues because we didn't know it at the time that the cooling fans didn't work and it was super hot this past summer and there is a small crack in the radiator. Could it have something to do with the vacuum system, ive checked the lines and they are good, and connected they are only about 6 months old. (It is the 3.8Litter V6 and the tranny was rebuilt about a year ago because it was slipping. ) It would be awesome if you could answer this question. Thank you
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on November 01, 2011
If you replaced the relay and then the problem started, I would retrace my steps. Go back to where you started before you put in the relay. Possibly the relay is in the wrong socket? It sounds like your car is stuck in high gear, or the transmission is slipping.
on November 01, 2011
I already put the old ones back in and no difference. I took the new ones all over town just to make sure they were the right ones and they were. We have replaced all the relays that are on the fire wall. It used to slip before the tranny was rebuilt but it does not feel like its slipping, its not bumpy, no sounds that i shouldn't hear no vibrations, its smooth but so slow compared to what it used. It had a slight problem before we decided to replace the relay's when it was really hot or at least above 80 degrees it would do something similar but it used to just come and go, i could get away with smashing the gas and normally that fixed it. Its almost like the new relays was the straw that broke the camels back. Thank you for answering, but do you have any more idea's or things to check?
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