Dear Steve & MB Doc,
Called up a local dealer and told them about your suggestions. He agreed that it might be the governor and figures, without actually seeing the car, that it might cost about $500. Of course, just as you said, he said that the best thing for this is to have a rebuilt unit installed for $1800.
I don't want to spend $500 for something that will eventually take me down the same road. There are other places in L.A. where I can get a rebuilt tranny for less. With 166K miles on the tranny, do these things normally last longer?