OK ... I never had the chance to look at her car again, as she had it booked in at the local Chrysler dealership.
The prognosis is that the cam sensor is somehow out of synch with another sensor or something inside the trans bellhousing.
The trans would have to come out ... yada yada ... $2000.00 +
She's considering jacking up the radiator cap, and driving a new car under it ...
"Buy a GM car with a 3.8" was my advice.