My wife's car, a 1999 Mazdat Protoge, has a smaal problem with the auto trans. When it's cold, it's very slow (several seconds, with several meaning 5 - 15) shifting from Neutral or Park into Drive. It will go right into reverse, and once it's in Drive, it shifts normally. If you give it some gas, it gets into drive a bit faster, but there's still a few seconds of lag.
This only happens when it's cold - in the summer it still does it, but not as much, and once you've driven it for a bit, it's OK for the rest of the day. In the winter, the delay is longer, and it goes back to delaying much faster as the trans cools.
Other than that problem, the car runs fine. Starts right up, goes where you point it, and stops when you step on the brake. I don't ask much more than that from a car. But it would be nice to not have to wait for it to start going forward in the morning.
We've had this car about six years, and it was doing this cold- transmission routine since well before we bought it (from my brother). At the time, I asked a Mazda mechanic about it, and he said that "Some of them do that, and not to worry about it." Well, I suppose he was right, because the behavior really hasn't gotten any worse over the years and miles, but this year, for some reason, it's really annoying me.
Any thoughts about an EASY fix for this? Is there some magic potion to mix with the ATF?