I have a 1996 Taurus GL with the Vulcan 3.0 engine. The car has 255k miles on it and was recently "salvaged" by me. I have done some minor repairs on the Vulcan and she is running like new. I've had the car for about two months now and put about 5k miles on it. The transmission has performed perfectly since I've gotten it so I've never bothered to do any service to it. I was coming home from college yesterday and my car suddenly started acting up. The car felt like it had lost a considerable amount of power and the tranny don't want to engage. I pulled over and shut the car off and turned it back on. I began driving and everything was back to normal. Right before I got home the car started acting up again and this time there was a SLIGHT burning smell. The transmission didn't want to engage but did so after pushing the gas harder. I checked my temp gauge and it was well below the half way mark so the car wasn't overheating. I then got home and checked the tranny fluid and it was light BROWN! :ugh: Should I flush the transmission out and add a new filter or is it something worse?