"you have lived in SW VA? where abouts?"
I was just visiting some friends who moved and now live in Roanoke.
On the way up those damn mountains, I saw more than one grand caravan on side of the road. Didn't look like a tire problem , and well the 3.3 and 3.8 engines don't have a bad rep. figured it most likely was the trans overheated .
Before we got to the mountains, I ghettofied the vision, poped the hood and tied it down with string to get as much air in their as possible. trans still wasn't happy.
the Tranny cooler is a small radiator in front of the condensor.
your car looks like a late 94, maybe a 12th month wich would be considerd as a 95. That would explain the polycast wheels, which didn't start untill 95. again it looks nice.