I have been on ********** and i found this forum aswell a few weeks back so im going to introduce myself. My name is chris. I just went out and bought 97 laser red v6 5 speed. Immaculate interior. Only flaw it has is it needs to be repainted and the small tear in the drivers seat. I thought it was a perfect car until this happened. So i went on 5 hour trip this morning. 1 hour from my destination going up a small hill section of highway 74 i believe in nc my car kicked me outta fifth with a free rev i re-engadged 5th let out the clutch and nothing but free revs my first plan of action was 4th gear. Yay..i had 4th. So i then decide todo 40mph all the way back home. When i decided on a spot to do a u-turn. I took it turnt around engadged first. Nothing but free rev. 2nd same story. 3rd same story. As of now i got the car back in 4th and proceeded the 175 miles back. Now i have it home idk whats goimg on. Ive read a manual never just leaves you with one gear in a epic failure ecent because 1-2, 3-4, 5/r have there own shafts. So what would be causing me to have no gears but 4th. From talking to a seasoned local mechanic he said could be internal, could be shift fork or could be the shifter. I have the console shift plste and shifter box outta the car. And sure enough old tranny fluid in the box was a bad sign. What do you guys think happened. Fathers day yesterday i was 175 miles from my house when i got kicked outta 5th. Tried to reengadged with no gear but only free revving. So when i shifted into 4th i had took the assumption i still had all my gears but 5th. 100 miles back up 95 highway in northcarolina. My exit came up stopped the car. Went to get back onto the next highway thats when i realised it was really bad. I had no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, or reverse. Well that story ends with a i made it another 80 miles to the house in 5th only really had to stop the car(ran a few lights) pulled in the yard and was situating kt on the concrete to prepare for a transmission pull and when i went to rev it to get it to move in 4th the famous clutch burning smell. So ontop of fixing it ill be ordering me a good clutch from rockauto or a local parts store. Its not a drag racer so i dont need a clutch for that but can someone point me in tbe direction of a good quality one thats not 400$+?? Regardless of the fix im sure itll be costly from a 1200$ new crate transmission to 200-300 rebuilding the shifter. Ontop of that i know i need a new clutch now. I smelt it burning when i finally did get back home. Had tk come to a conplete stop 3 blocks from the house and had to rev it 3-4 and ease on the clutch to get it going againm 175 miles 1 way with only 4th and i only had to actually stop it once.