I have a 2013 mazda 3 with ~90k miles on it. It's having some transmission issues (slow shift from certain gears, intermittent whining, hard shifts). It's been doing the slow shifts for like 50k miles, but I never thought anything of it until now when the other problems have arisen. No slipping or anything else.
It's a 5-speed auto tranny and the transmission fluid hasn't been changed to date. I went to the dealer recently about this problem. They said to flush the fluid and I got the vibe they were not being entirely honest with me. "The internet" and other repair shops in the area said that's a bad idea.
Is it more cost effective to repair it now or wait for the problem to actually not allow me to move my car so as to get more miles out of the car before a costly repair?
Additionally, what are some things that can happen if a transmission were to do something undesirable whilst driving?