Thank you all for the info. I will get at least transmission fluid
replaced. I assume it's easier to change that than transaxle.
If this is the first time you've had it changed, *do not* allow them
to do a "power flush" or "fluid exchange." These will force crud into
places it should not go, and can cause failure of the transmission.
Instead, have then do a 'spill and fill' fluid change, which is just a
regular oil pan drain and fill change, but have them remove the pan and
replace the fluid filter screen and wipe the pan clean. Then have just
the fluid change (not the filter replacement) done again every thousand
or two miles until it's been done about three times. This is the safest
way to replace ancient transmission fluid in old automatic
transmissions. The transmission used in your Camry is tough, but the
brake bands have a soft compound that gets into the fluid, so regular
fluid changes really extend the life.