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Transmission Not Engage Problems of Lexus RX300

Lexus RX300 owners have reported 7 problems related to transmission not engage (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2000 Lexus RX300 1
Failure Date: 03/20/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2000 Lexus Rx300. The contact stated that the only gear that would engage was drive. Although the contact could shift into any gear, the gears would not engage. The contact also mentioned that approximately four pistons misfired and the 02 sensor was defective. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that the transmission needed to be rebuild and the O2 sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 128,700. Kmj.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2000 Lexus RX300 2
Failure Date: 11/03/2012

On 11/03/12 I put the transmission shifter into reverse and backed out of a driveway into the street. I then moved the shifter from "r", past "n" into "d" to move forward, but there was no engagement into any gear. The shifter just moved forwards and backwards with no resistance. There was previous no indication of any problem. The engine was still running. I didn't want to be hit by another vehicle, so I got out of the Lexus and pushed it back into the driveway and turned off the engine. On 11/5/13 I disassembled the dash and shifting console and found that the shift cable was no longer attached to the shifting lever. There were pieces of some kind of plastic retainer broken around the cable termination "loop" and lying on the floor. I still have the broken parts. On 11/5/12 I called Lexus corporate office at 800-255-3987. I explained that I could have been seriously injured (or worse). I wanted this fixed, or at least the part that holds the cable onto the shifter. They said I needed to have a "repair order #" to proceed. I was able to drive to Lexus of palm beach by holding the cable on the shifter when I needed to shift. Their service manager inspected, took pictures, and provided #7200550. I then called corporate back with that #. I received a 11/20/2012 letter from Lexus corporate. They would not provide any parts/repairs based on warranty expiration. On 1/13 I finally had time to effect a d. I. Y repair. I made a nylon sleeve for inside the cable "loop" and used a common e-clip to retain the loop onto the shifter lever rod. . Read more...

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Lexus RX300 3
Failure Date: 07/20/2012

Driving on the freeway. Transmission disengages and fails to drive car. Automatic transmission failure. Serviced transmission at 63,200 miles. Many others have reported problems with this model year.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 1999 Lexus RX300 4
Failure Date: 06/10/2011

My daughter was driving her 1999 Lexus Rx300 to work when, in heavy traffic, the transmission completely disengaged almost causing her to have an accident. Several cars almost hit her while she tried to navigate the car off the roadway to a safe place. Carried the car to the local Toyota dealer (there is no local Lexus dealer here) and was told the transmission would need to be replaced and the cost would be $3,700. There were no advanced indications the transmission was having problems it just suddenly quit working. This is a very dangerous scenario and we are blessed that our daughter was not involved in an accident due to the transmission failure.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2003 Lexus RX300 5
Failure Date: 05/17/2011

During normal driving, with no signs of failure, the vehicle suddenly would lose power when pressed on gas, it acted as if it were in neutral---engine revs up, but car does not move. Then when switched to second gear or l, transmission still would not engage. Had it towed to a local transmission shop, it turned out to be the planetary gear broke. Searched online Lexus forum, found out very many people reported the same failure in transmission.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 1999 Lexus RX300 6
Failure Date: 04/01/2009

My 1999 Lexus RX-300 automatic transmission failed to engage in higher gear and continued at 2nd gear. I have flushed the atf with original Toyota type 4 atf fluid every 30k miles. This vehicle has always been well-maintained regularly and driven under normal driving condition.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Lexus RX300 7
Failure Date: 07/18/2007

1) while driving on 101 freeway in los angeles on a 90 degree day the transmission would not engage. 2) the transmission failed and I was able to avoid a crash by exiting the freeway. 3) the auto dealer made a good will repair even though it was just out of warranty.