thanks for your reply but i believe my description was poor. The problem that I have very intermittantly is in automatic. The trans will leave a gear and not go right into the next. Leaving it seemingly in neutral for a few seconds. Check engine light does not come on. It has happened so infrequently that I thought perhaps my foot had slipped off the gas pedal. I have had no problems in manuel shift mode. Thanks for your helpNormal behavior. The transmission will not go into the next gear until it has it synchronized. Due to play in the transmission and changing conditions, it will not always have the next gear ready when you ask for it. If the transmission is taking too long to go into the next gear every single time you ask, then you have a problem. Once in a while, though, is normal. Don't call for a gear so soon after it shifts into the one you're in now.
Edit: To clarify, the transmission will stay in the lower gear until it's ready, so you are still accelerating. The gear indicated is the gear you requested, not the gear the transmission is in.
It would have been nice if the indicator was a little more clear, like an up or down arrow for indicating it's preparing to up/downshift while displaying the actual gear instead of displaying the requested gear.