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Getting stuck in reverse, dont think its transmission though

just finally paid off my protege lol, 2 issues with it Id appreciate any thoughts:

I have a 2003 Protege ES Automatic
1) Occasionally when I go to park my shift knob (im bad with cars I think thats what its called lol) gets frozen in reverse. It takes a while but eventually Ill be able to wiggle it out of reverse to park it. While its stuck in reverse it will still drive.

2) In the morning on first startup a plume of blue smoke will come out of the tailpipe. I go through a quart of oil every month and a 1/2. I googled it and some people say its the piston rings, sound about right?

Thanks!
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