We have a 97 RD and in May before leaving on an extended trip, we had major work done including transmission fluid replaced. We got from Florida to Salt Lake City and the transmission started acting up badly in the higher gears. Luckily ?? we found an ATRA transmission shop near Salt Lake City who replaced our transmission with a rebuilt one. We started out again & got as far as Bothell, Washington (near Seattle) and the lower gears in the transmission started sliding instead of engaging. We called the first shop & he said the valve body was probably shot in the rebuild and he contacted another ATRA shop in Seattle. After they looked at the transmission, it was decided to again replace the transmission but with a VW tranny. If anyone has to have a transmission replaced, make sure the shop belongs to ATRA (American Transmission Rebuilders Association) because they give a 100% 1 year guarantee. The second transmission cost us nothing except inconvenience in time. The first shop had to cover the ordering & shipping of the VW tranny plus the cost of both the tranny and the installation. After that the Rialta ran great to British Columbia, back to Michigan and then back to Florida - 9000 miles in total. We know if we had another rialta with the same problem, we would not have a rebuilt transmission installed but would insist on an original new VW one.