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First of all, hey to everyone...I haven't been on this board in some time, due to life being very busy and not much really happening with the car. I still have the '95 GL and it's doing pretty good with the exception of some issues.

Mainly, an issue that is likely transmission related, but hopefully can be fixed without expensive transmission work/replacement.

When I'm driving at a steady speed above 25-30, the car does not seem to want to stay at this speed, it feels like it's struggling to maintain this speed and that the transmission is 'kicking' the car forward, sort of resisting my acceleration. Previously, this only happened in the 45-60 mph range, but now it's seemingly all of the time while driving, sometimes worse than others. It also used to be more common while accelerating up a hill, rather than down a hill, but general high speed downshifting would cause an extremely jerky and uncomfortable experience, which could be remedied by either letting off the gas or giving it more gas; it was as if the car would simply not want to downshift without some hiccups.

If it helps, I've also noticed that quite often while stopped at a light/drive thru with my foot on the brake and the car in drive, I feel minor kicks forward...as if something is trying to slowly push the car forward. It's not anything violent or immediately dangerous to where I feel like I'm going into the car in front of me, but it's noticeable nonetheless.

Doing some research on here has lead me to believe that it could be anything from a bad VSS, transmission range sensor, friction plate between engine and transmission or (worst case scenario) a failing AX4N. I'm really hoping that it's not the actual transmission's gears slipping, and based on the little kicks while stopped I'd almost bet that it isn't, but any ideas would be helpful. I am going to bring the car back to my mechanic in a couple of days, and maybe even have it looked at by a transmission specialist if necessary. I'm really hoping this can be resolved without spending a fortune, as I'm just trying to keep this car as a reliable form of transportation for the next year before I'm out of college and closer to purchasing a new car (depending on when I get a job, of course). I've put enough money into it so far (such as all new suspension all around, brake lines, all heater hoses, etc) that I would like to be able to fix this car rather than ditch it for some 2-3k$ civic or something and have to start over with fixing an old car (...and besides, I love my Taurus lol). Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
 

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Turns out it was just a severely frayed spark plug wire, did a full tune up and everything is fine.
 
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