I took the car around town and came back home to check the trans. fluid level. The fluid looked good, so I bet my mechanic did change it when he said "changed all the filters, etc" this past summer. I then went back on the highway and had the car go to 4th gear. This made me think... would tempreture have an affect on changing gears in an automatic transmission? The tempreture currently is in the mid-30's. When I went back on the highway... the car has just been driven around town and was still warm.
In any case... I will have this looked at soon.
Haasman.. thanks for your input. I have only come here to get an idea of what my problem could be. I want to have somewhat of an idea of whats wrong... obviously only guessing by symptoms... before having someone work on my car.