Hmmm....sounds like he got a car that may have been in an accident. I agree, the Chrysler transmissions do suck. They are jerky at low speeds (i.e. in traffic). I bought a used 92 New yorker with about 76k on it. About 2 weeks later the transmission went (it wouldn't upshift). It was under warranty though so I didn't pay a dime. I'll tell you what though, that car turned out to be the best car I've owned yet. I had it 3 yrs put it up to 127k. Most expensive repair was a new belt & tensioner (about $150). Car was still in great shape when I got rid of it (maybe shoulda kept it?) for my intrepid. Didn't burn oil or any thing. If my Intrepid is half as reliable, I'll be happy.