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Transmission Not Go Into Gear Problems of Toyota Prius



Toyota Prius owners have reported 5 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 1
Failure Date: 12/10/2012

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.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 2
Failure Date: 07/29/2011

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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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 3
Failure Date: 07/15/2011

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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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 4
Failure Date: 05/09/2011

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.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 5
Failure Date: 02/13/2010

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.