delay going into drive

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#1
this is a 99 ford contour 2L 121,000 mi with an auto trans. when you put it into drive there is a delay going into gear, it's worst when its cold. if you put it into 1st gear it takes off ok. trans fluid looks & smells ok. level reads ok most of the time, but does read low sometimes when you check it. didn't want to overfill it because it reads ok most of the time. any ideas
 
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Are we talking seconds or minutes-any evidence of slipping?
First is the service/check engine light on?
SUGGESTION...
If you have not done so -definately time to service transmissio - fluid and filter.