I have had a 1999 Escort Wagon for about a year. About 5 or 6 months ago, I began experiencing erratic shifting problems, mainly between 1st and 2nd gear. It usually occurs if I am constantly stopping or going. Most of the time, it feels like it is shifting into 2nd before it should. Other times, it feels like it doesn't know where it's supposed to be so it won't even go into gear immediately...it just kind of sits there while I press on the accelerator. Then, when coming to a stop and the car is down-shifting, there are times when it will make a hard shift -- almost slamming -- back into 1st.
The main problem, aside from the above, is that it is erratic. I took it to a transmission specialist and he told me that, since it is erratic and not constant, that it probably isn't the transmission. So, today, I took it to a local Ford dealer/service center and they said that I should bring it in when it's acting up (which is difficult since I work 8 to 5 daily and rarely take a lunch break).
I would appreciate any help that I can get.