Toyota Prius owners have reported 8 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Prius based on all problems reported for the Prius.
Prius will not stay in gear, keeps popping back into neutral. First happened when stationary --- press power button, "ready" on the dash, go to shift into drive or reverse and it pops back into neutral. This occurred when the vehicle was in motion on a city street. Finally got it to work (no idea why?) then when driving, again, it popped into neutral from drive. Very dangerous!!!.
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Car would not drive, or reverse it shifts to neutral since first week I bought the car in Aug 2010. I bought a Toyota Prius iii 2010 (from the dealership Toyota of kearney mesa in san diego) in 2010. The car from the beginning would shift back to neutral when I set it to drive or reverse. I bought the car and am the only owner). After I encounter this, within the week I took it to the dealership where I bought it (san diego kearny mesa) and they told me that it was not a problem. Yes, it was a problem and they refused to fix it. This has happen to my car from week 1. Now 5 years later, today, the car would not engage in "d" or reverse. I tried at least for 10 minutes. I called a dealership now in seattle (since I take my car here for service) and I was told that they never heard about it. I searched online and I found that this problem/bug does happen. Today I could not set my car to drive or reverse for about 10-15 minutes. It's a safety issue. My steps: 1. Depress power button (to turn on) 1. 1. Wait about 5-10 seconds 2. Depress the break + engage in d (drive) or (r) reverse. 3. The car goes to "n" neutral and cannot be put in gear drive or reverse. 4. Turn car off. Go back to step 1 until your car engages.
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This is an update to complaint number: 10809942. === I forgot to include this: *** besides the rolling backward problem I had, if one has a get-into-gear-and-go emergency, it is very likely that the car will not get into gear, you will not realize that, and when you step on the accelerator to go, the car will not move. Then you have to realize why it did not go and shift again. In case of an emergency, this delay may be critical.
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Outside temperature approx 32 degrees f. Gear shifter on dashboard would not electrically seal-in or stay in position after going into reverse, the first time. Backed car out of driveway and shifted into drive, it immediately went back into neutral position and would not stay in drive - electrically. The only way to keep the car in gear was to physically hold the gear shifter into desired position. Physically held shifter in drive position and pulled back into driveway. Once in driveway, tested shifter and found it would not go into any gear and "stay". After work, temperature was 60 degrees f and shifter then functioned properly. Drove to Toyota dealer and left car. They stated a technical bulletin was issued by Toyota on this item as described. Ticket # 490621; part number 33560-47023 "lever assy. Shift, was replaced. Part cost 164. 93 and labor was 416. 14 for a subtotal of 581. 07 plus tax of 34. 33 for grand total of 615. 40 usd. This is obviously a cold weather and age related issue. Plus, this is not the first Toyota electrical system design flaw issue I've encountered, but the first related to drivability and possible safety issue.
My 2007 Toyota Prius will not stay in gear off an on. It will go into reverse or drive for a few seconds then pop into neutral. This has happened 9 times in the last 2 weeks and always on a hot day after being parked at work. I have to drive home while holding the shift lever in gear. Sometimes if this happens and I turn off the air conditioning it will stay in gear, but not always. Is this a gear shift lever problem?.
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Vehicle will not stay in gear, usually hot days when it happen. Weather its in rev or drive it will shift back to neutral. It started July 2011. Took it to dealer they could not duplicate. Now yesterday may 27th it happen again. You would have to hold down or up gear shift to have gear stay in place.
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The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the gear shift interlock had to be depressed in order to unlock and shift the vehicle into any gear. If the button was not depressed, the vehicle would not recognize he gear and place the vehicle in neutral. The contact stated that in order to drive forward or in reverse, the button had to be abnormally held down while driving until the vehicle was shut off. If the button was not depressed, the vehicle would shift into neutral independently. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the failure. The failure and current mileage was 94,000.
I have a 2005 Toyota Prius. It has never been in an accident or had any damage. For the past couple years, I've been noticing a problem with the gear shifter. Usually in cold weather (below about 40 degrees f), the gear shifter does not change gears. For example, I'll put it in drive, release the gear shift, and it immediately reverts to neutral. Same thing happens when I put it in reverse. To go anywhere, I have to hold the gear shift in the gear I need. Sometimes, if I hold it in drive for about a minute, it finally stays in drive when I release it. So far it hasn't jumped gears while driving - only when I first turn the car on. I took the car to the dealer today and he said he's seen several cars with the same problem, and said I have to get the entire gear shift mechanism replaced, which costs ~$700. I'm nervous that if I don't get it replaced, the gears could jump while driving and cause a safety hazard.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problems||
|Power Train Driveline problems||
|Automatic Transmission Floor Shift problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Automatic Transmission Gear Indicator problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||