Long story short it's supposed to STAY in third gear unless you shift
My car is down for the count, needs a new transmission. Won't have it back until next Thursday. Thank goodness that Freddy at Tustin Acura is giving me a loaner car, and that this is all under warranty and won't cost me more than $50. I wonder what a transmission replacement at the dealer would cost otherwise? Shudder.
Thank you for being a cool guy, Freddy at Tustin Acura.