I have an 02 WRX with automatic transmission. Ever since I got it, it seems like I have had inconsistent performance. Some days it is peppy and the engine sounds great, but other days it is kinda sluggish and lacks pickup.
Getting on the highway each morning, there can be a noticeable difference from day to day in how my car accelerates from a dead stop.
Does this sound normal? I have been blaming it on the automatic transmission. It seems like I get better acceleration from a dead stop when I press the accelerator down 3/4ths of the way instead of all the way to the floor.
Would I benefit from manually shifting the automatic transmission by forcing it down into 1st/2nd before getting on the highway?