Transmission seems to start in Drive

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Make
Ford
Model
Escape
Year
2003
Miles
145000
Engine
v6
I'm looking at picking up a 2003 Ford Escape with a tranny issue. It seems that it is starting out in Drive, rather than starting in 1st, then shifting up. If you put the shifter in 1st, it does start in 1st, then if you move it to 2nd, it shift to 2nd, then to Drive, etc... This doesn't seem like an internal issue to me, more of a sensor, or computer issue. Can anyone give me more to look at. I just need to know if I would need a new/rebuilt transmission if I were to buy the vehicle.

thanks.
 
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I wondered the same thing on the Range Selector sensor. Not sure if that will throw a code or not.
 
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With it operating fine when putting the shift lever in 1st/2nd/ect... would I be safe in saying that it is not an internal issue?
 

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With it operating fine when putting the shift lever in 1st/2nd/ect... would I be safe in saying that it is not an internal issue?
Yes it's mechanically sound if the shift points are good and works fine with the manual valve.