Stalling when selecting drive gear
I wonder if anyone can advise me about the following?
I've recently bought a 1996 Ford Fiesta Automatic with less than
10,000 miles. It has such a low mileage because the previous driver
was unable to drive the car due to health problems. The car was
modified for disabled access. All the modifications for disabled
access have been removed and the car was MOTed prior to purchase.
The car ran fine for a few days and then started to stall when I put
it drive. I called the AA and the AA man said it had hardly any
automatic transmission fluid in it. I topped up the fluid and after
many attempts managed to get it to engage in drive. The car has had no
problems engaging reverse gear. The engine starts fine but the car
takes a long time before I can put it in drive without stalling.
I called a local Ford garage and they referred me to a shop
specialising in transmissions. The bloke said that it was a common
fault with Fiestas and he needed to fix the gearbox which would
involve taking out and modifying it. This would take 3 days and cost
just under £1000!
I thought I'd best get a second opinion. Is this a common fault with
my car? Is it likely that the car should need such drastic action with
such a low mileage? Any suggestions?