my 2002 just started making the same noise about a week ago and I have it almost all tore down checking every little part and have not found anything yet. I was hoping maybe it was just a wore gear but so far its not. I have heard that tranny can cost up to 1500 or so just wondering if there is anywhere cheaper than that. Also what anyone else thinks might be another option to look at as far as this problem goes. To bad you cant just fix the tranny without having to get a new one i had thought about taking it to my local tranny shop to see what they could do but maybe I would be wasting my time. All else fails I thought about putting it up forsale as is with all the goodies in my sigs. shoot me an offer if you are interested.