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Imo, even though the fluid looks and smells "ok" that it is in fact contaminated. I just don't trust the way fluid ever looks, i'll put a little more into what it smells like tho. I especially wouldn't think it's "ok" if you didn't service it after you bought it, who knows what the previous owner did or didn't do.
Limp mode is basically what you described, it won't get passed 3rd gear. However you don't have the tow/haul blinking so that doesn't match up with the symptoms, usually that light will blink often. Also, it won't give you any trouble shifting in limp mode, it should shift fine just not get passed 3rd gear. At leat that's my experience with limp mode. It should shift fine wot in limp mode also just won't go passed 3rd gear again.
It could be something completely different causing your trans to not get passed 3rd, I dunno. There aren't many 5r experts on this board. I'd yelp.com some trans shops in your area and see if you can find anyone near you with 5r experience. If you're mechanically inclined and can get a trans jack you can swap one of these things out with a buddy and some bud light. Fairly straight foward, I had a trans shop on call but this forum is just as good for walking you through how to swap it out.
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