I posted last week with a sudden loss of cruise control and auto door lock. The auto door lock works again (thanks for the tip).
Now all of a sudden the SES light came on. I went to the auto parts store to borrow the OBD II code reader and:
P0740 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction
P0305 Cylinder 5 Misfire Detected
The vehicle seems to run fine.
I have 3.3L and 41TE, original, 160000 miles.
Coincidentally or not, I needed to replace the battery two months ago, then days later the starter crapped out and was replaced. Now no cruise (light comes on but cruise does not set) and temporarily no auto door lock (fixed with the key).
I recently passed my emission test. I don't want to invest in a significant repair on a 13-year old vehicle. However, in the last year I have replaced all four tires, front brake pads, A/C compressor, battery, and starter. Major big bucks. I want to keep this vehicle to recoup my repair investment. I can live without cruise control. If the vehicle has no perceptible problem and I am not damaging the transmission, I have almost two years to my next emission test date and can extend it a year, by which time I can put this vehicle out of its misery.
Any thoughts on near term action? I have a trusted mechanic, but if this involves computer settings and transmission, I don't know his track record. There's the local Chrysler dealer, but as George Costanza observes, I might as well be flushing my money down the toilet.