when cold, the tranny fluid level will be below the marks because those are meant to be checked when the car is good and hot. some dipsticks have more than two marks, with additional marks for room temperature. the normal operating temp level is supposed to be checked when the engine is well warmed up, say after a 20 minute drive. the amount of fluid between the high and low marks is very small - so be careful not to overfill.
1993 300e-2.8 - gone now <sigh>
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